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Clue #3, Row 17….

It was going so well, until I landed on you Row 17, and didn’t realize that I had a pesky missing yarn over until Row 20 and now I have 3 rows to tink back.  I am trying to decide if I throw in a lifeline in you and rip out those rows quickly, like a band-aid off my child or if I take it slow and tink you back a stitch at a time.  Don’t rush me, I’m thinking!

I love this shawl so much and it has been a blast to knit, however, I need to learn how to read charts for the love of all things holy. Because when you get to written instruction that start to resemble math equations with brackets and within those brackets are parenthesis with how many times you are to do this, you can get lost die in there and there is no way out.

My friend, Betsy, suggested that I practice charts using my Alice Starmore Aran knitting book.  That was how she learned and got comfortable with the charts.  And as I look at the written directions vs the chart, the chart does seem easier.  So, guess what I will be doing this weekend?  If you guessed, tinking the shawl back and practice knitting from charts, then you get a gold star.

I just updated the Etsy site with some new handpaints.


I got a shipping confirmation this morning and my equipment has shipped!!  Can you see me, I am jumping up and down!!!  Boing, boing, boing!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!  I will see you on the flip side of this shawl and have some new skills!





My dream sweater…

This sweater has been on my mind for about 2 years and I am starting to get the ich to do it. There are factors that I need to consider. Factor 1, it has to be in one of my yarns and hand dyed. Factor 2, I have to decide if I want to use 100% wool or a Donegal Tweed. I will need to phone a friend…LOL, you know who you are.  🙂

My dream sweater is the Na Craga by Alice Starmore from her fabulous book Aran Knitting. The St. Brigid comes in a close second. This would be a HUGE undertaking, but I think that I am up for the challenge. I figure, why not!

I have to admit that I am in a knitting funk. Nothing that I have on the needles is making me happy. It might have to do with the fact that my hand/wrist is aching and knitting is just painful. Thankfully, I see the specialist on Tuesday.

I have been spending way too much time on Twitter and Ravelry torturing myself and drooling over so many fabulous patterns and then getting bummed out and sitting on the couch and watching TV….bad TV at that. I even forgot to blog. I didn’t think you wanted to hear my knitting woes….

The big sweater project is on hold for a bit. I would love to get some of these knitted items off the needles but the desire is less than zero. I will try to pull myself up by the boot straps.

Happy Friday…