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Quick Note

February 20th, 2006 (11:51 pm)

current mood: anxious

Just a quick note that yes, I'm still alive. ^^;;

Finally got around to making candies and the sour cream cupcakes from wombat1138 but haven't tasted them yet. Will have to wait until tomorrow. ^^; I was planning on making some mocha pots de creme but ran out of sugar and eggs! >_< Will have to wait until the next grocery run.

Knitting Olympics-wise, I'm finally on to Clue 5 (last clue)! Yay! It's going to take me forever! Boo! 0_0 Clue 5 is the final border around the two lower edges of the shawl (it's a triangular shawl). It's a 10 row pattern and joins 5 shawl stitches per pattern repeat. I think I figured I have 310 shawl stitches to be joined to the edging except for the middle and very end repeats which are at 2.5 shawl stitches per repeat. That makes... ~62 or 63 repeats? Somewhere around there. I'm currently in the middle of #3. ...... Eeeek!

Yarn-wise, I can see why some people were commenting that their shawl was too small while others were happy with the size they got. The szack I'm working with is probably around a cobweb weight or slightly lighter (1300 m/100 g) whereas the Knitpicks Shadow is ~440 yd/50 g. The Shadow will likely end up quite reasonably sized, but I think that with some agressive blocking, the Szack version *might* be okay. Either that, or it'll be good for a 6 yr old... ^^;; We'll see once it's off the needles. No photos of Clue 3 or 4 progress. I'm thinking of taking a photo of the MS2-Take 2 (Knitpicks Shadow version) for Clue 3, and at Clue 4... it looks like crumpled thread or a crumpled bag of thread because Clue 4 works on the lower edges of the shawl out (compared to the first three that work from the bottom point up) so probably no progress photo at all.

I will say this much about Clue 5 though; it's a pain keeping track of where I am since I'm working on the circulars plus an extra double pointed needle. I tried using a regular knitting needle at first but it's simply too long for the 25+ stitches used for the border. Unfortunately I can't use the row counter since it's currently tracking my mohair allergy project. :P

Mystery Shawl 3 started on Friday and the female sibling unit is currently working on it using Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Stream. I tried to start it on Friday when the clue came out but... >_< The female sibling unit was rather horrified seeing me struggling with an unruly porcupine threatening to take out an eye through my glasses. ^^; Apparently I was also working "inside out" or something. I'm hoping to try again later once I finish the olympic project though. And hopefully by then the Zephyr will have arrived so I won't have to touch the Handpainted Yarns. They arrived and they're absolutely gorgeous! My Gold medal should I finish my olympic project will be to have a bit of a splurge over there I think. ^___^

Otherwise, my next major knitting project to be started (compared to finished) will be the Spice Caravan Robe from Fiddlesticks (my first garment to boot). I'll have to figure out what yarn I want to use for it though. ^___^

Otherwise, I'm way behind on replies and such. Eep. Um, yeah; "quick" note. ^^;


Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: February 21st, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
hearts & bubbles (rain16)

alpaca cloud… *drool* Is it as yummy and gorgeous and soft and wonderful as it looks? *sigh*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)

The alpaca cloud is really nice and yummy. I really like it (so soft. *_* I've been petting the hanks a bit much though. *achoo* ^^; ) and the female sibling says it's easy to work with. I'm hoping to get more of it especially of their laceweight yarns. I picked up their colour card for it and, while slightly off from the site colours, they're really nice. *_*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)
Make your own rules

*cry* I need to set up a signal with you, so that you lie and tell me that the yummy yarns are substandard. I have enough temptation in my life!

And now, excuse me, I must plot my alpaca cloud acquisition.

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)

Meanwhile, I point you at new teathings unless you already know about these in which case never mind.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)

Intrigue! The travel press definitely has my attention. I've seen the Bodum assam pots (though not the cups) at a shop here, but I don't know that I've seen the travel presses. Must do some hunting; which reminds me, I still have a gift certificate from one of the cooking shops... ^__^

Am I reading this right; it's in Courtenay, BC?? ......not a place I would've expected... ^^;

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)

Dunno; I've already forgotten how I ran into that link in the first place, but I did notice the .ca domain extension. However, due to subsequent link-chasing, I'm now trying to stop myself from getting one of the Double-Shot travel mugs from here. I mean, a built-in press *and* an integrated compartment for extra tea leaves? How cool is *that*? And it fits into car cupholders too-- obviously this is part of some dastardly tea cabal which should be encouraged.

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
Gimme tea! (by epi_lj)

*drool* Wow. This is what I get for clicking on random links that are not for me.

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