Time to clear all those random blog thoughts out of my mind so I can use that real estate for something more useful: deciphering 401K investment options, perhaps, or developing a foolproof cook-once-a-year and then just reheat plan that doesn't involve dirty dishes. Those kinds of useful things. Yeah.
I'm zooming ahead with the Celtic Knot Cardigan:
(The colors STILL don't photograph well....) The sleeves and the body are married til death do them part; I've knit 2 inches plus some short rows to prevent the dreaded undie display at the back while serving to lower the front neckline. I'm using Meg Swansen's revised percentage system figures for a larger yoke sweater, which involves 4 rounds of decreases (you can find these percentages in The Opinionated Knitter). I'm about to do the first round of decreases--and the pattern section is coming up fast! Time to move from the theoretical to the practical: which pattern, exactly? and what colors, and where? Sweaters in reality are much trickier than the sweaters in my dreams.
Knitting for Children
Look at these sweet socks my friend Jean knit for Dulaan:
And I found a new pattern that looks perfect for Dulaan (or any baby knitting, of course!):
This is a Cottage Creations pattern. It's a clever, no-seaming pattern that is perfect for new knitters--I have found that this entire line of patterns is well thought out and tested. I found the pattern at Acorn Street Yarns (one of my LYSs--I'm spoiled for choice here in Seattle!), but a quick Google search revealed lots of online sources.
And if children are on your mind, I have to INSIST that you purchase Flotsam by David Wiesner--a recent Caldecott winner that captured my imagination with its wordless story.
Movie Review: Hot Fuzz
John was up this weekend and we endulged in an afternoon matinee: Hot Fuzz, a British spoof of the hard-hitting action movie genre (warning: there's a bit of noise attached to this link!). I have to tell you I just about died laughing, although I feel slightly ashamed at not having a more mature reaction to such over-the-top cartoon violence. Oh well. Worth all the dings to my self-satisfaction to have such an enjoyable afternoon!
New Blog News
Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp attendees might like knowing that Amy now has a blog: http://amy-knits-on.blogspot.com/
Jamieson & Smith Shetland jumperweight yarns
I was really knocked back by the news about J&S last week! I've learned a lot more about J&S's plan to reduce their selection of yarns for Fair Isle work by some 33%. It appears that this business decision was made over a year ago, although they have kept quiet about it. In summary, it seems that the line of colors was too big a drag on their inventory and they had to reduce the list to remain in business. This is perfectly understandable--but what I don't understand is how they selected the colors to get rid of. All the sky blues? Those lovely salmon/madder shades? Already the incredibly lovely and useful #55 has gone. Furthermore, most Fair Isle designs take advantage of triads of colors based on value (darkness)--but the all-important triads are being broken up. I fear that this haphazard, throw-out-the-baby-with-the-bathwater approach might signal the end of a venerable firm.
Oh well. The only constant is change!