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December 10, 2004

Heavy petting

First of all, let me just say that this

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has totally made my week. Thanks to Eklectika for starting this, and for making such a great button for it (and since I'm always happy to plug my friends, the ubercute skull 'n' bones hair clip comes from pixie fashions; tell her I sent you!). And thanks so much to everyone who wrote to me about the sweater; getting published for the first time was pretty exciting, but deep down I kind of didn't expect that people would really want to knit one (my life is a constant battleground between low self-esteem and raging egomania, although the egomania *usually* comes out slightly ahead). What with the grad show last week and then Knitty coming out right after, I've been getting the ego-stroking of my life, and I like it too much.

If I wasn't such a two-timing slut, Rogue might be keeping me warm right now (but as it is, she's only been keeping my lap warm). I've been working on Cathode and Rogue at the same time, while taking breaks once in a while to work a few rounds of ribbing on the skirt.

Cathode is a really quick knit, but I had a little setback last night and had to rip: I had reached the end of the raglan shaping and put the whole thing on waste yarn to try it on, only to find that while it was wide enough to fit around my body, the yoke didn't reach all the way down to my armpits! My row gauge was off by about a third; shame on me for being a half-arsed swatcher. So I've ripped back to the collar and now I'll have to do my increases every third round instead of every second. Here's a picture of her collar:

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It's four different boucle yarns, worked with two strands together and alternating the colours. The only drawback to using this yarn: can you see all the little ends sticking out all over the place? This yarn was given to me about ten years ago, the leftovers from a blanket that a co-worker of mine wove. I made it into a striped t-shirt, then didn't like the fit, ripped it out, and made the boxy striped pullover you saw in pieces on the floor a few days ago. So this is the second time it's been ripped, and there were tons of short pieces from all those stripes; it's covered in knots! I want to have this finished to wear out to dinner for my birthday next week, and getting the sweater done will be no problem, but I don't know how long it will take me to weave in all those ends. Eeek.

I think the colours are going to look great though, so hopefully dealing with the knots will be worth it. They're not colours I normally wear, but with the black borders to set it off, it will look fabulous on me, I'm sure.

Rogue's back is finished, and I'm just about to start the cabling for the front of the neck. This one is a quick knit too, so I expect to be wearing both sweaters home for the (insert chosen religious festival here) break.

I haven't been able to bring myself to work in the studio since the grad show; I've really felt like I needed a bit of a break from it (also, I'm not doing any more printing until the intro print students have had their final crits, because there aren't many presses and I don't want to take away any of their printing time). Adele, one of my advisers, asked me the other day if I was feeling down at all, now that it's over. I said it was a kind of euphoric depression; a mix of relief and regret. Anyway, it's only an undergraduate degree, and I'm eager to get on to the next thing. I'm a little sad, though, to be having my last meetings with Daniel and Adele next week.

And just because I like to show lots of pictures, here's another.

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This is going to be my birthday tattoo, which if all goes as planned I will be getting next Thursday. It's from folio 124 recto of the Book of Kells, the same page from which I adapted the pattern for Mariah's sleeves.

Posted by jodi at December 10, 2004 10:39 AM | categories:  self-absorbtion : sticks and string

Comments

You're welcome again! There's already 19 definites and four maybes - WOW!

Posted by: Eklectika at December 10, 2004 11:26 AM

Ahh thanks for the plug. If I could knit I would totally make your sweater, but alas I am knitting deficient. Where are you getting the birthday tattoo chicky. Oh and send me your address Please or you won't get your birthday/insert religious holiday here present.

Posted by: Krista at December 10, 2004 06:24 PM

Hi Jodi -- I came over from Knitty, and I love your pattern. Just wanted to say hey and thanks!

Posted by: alison at December 11, 2004 09:58 PM

Mariah has broken my "no sweaters for me" rule and made it into more of a guideline. See, I live in a tropical climate, and wouldn't get very much wear out of a sweater. I own one sweater, and I've had it for several years. I don't need another one. Unless I find a thrift store sweater suitable for Mariah, or a large bag of Cascade 220 in the right color lands in my lap. I keep going back to look at the pattern. I'm enthralled.

Posted by: kai at December 12, 2004 03:43 AM