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Thursday, October 12, 2006
Baby Surprise Beginnings and other Gems

There is nothing I like better than a really clean house. It gives me so much freedom. It happens so rarely that most things are in their spot and I'm gliding around feeling like a superwife. So rarely. It's sweet when it happens.

Because my house feels settled, there's more space in my mind for wooly stuff. I've looked so forward to finding time to show off my fancy new Malabrigo Merino,

of which I now own *giddy squeal* 6 hanks and I'm still searching for the perfect top-down pattern to modify and make delicious. I want it to be very simple and straightforward to make (hence, top-down). I want it to be v-neck or a broad scooping neck. I want it to be really comfy but not at all shapeless and frumpy. I love the sweater from Knit/Purl that I posted earlier this month, but something with a time consuming, all-over pattern is unlikely to get finished anytime soon. I also love the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but I think it's a bit too body-skimming to be the super-cozy sweater I'm dreaming of...Ideas from lurkers would be most welcome. Anyone?

Dad's Scarf is truly in it's final week of production. I like it more and more and I am still enjoying knitting it - which surprises me, considering all the other things I have to look forward to. The enjoyment comes partly from loving my dad so much and visualizing him looking handsome and oh-so-cozy in it, as he wanders through galleries in Manhattan. Also, I love Silky Wool. It's a pleasure to knit with.

My early birthday present to myself has arrived! Nobody told me that The Opinionated Knitter was such a beautiful book. I knew it would be charming to read and densely packed with great knitting wisdom, but it's irresistably beautiful too.

Here is the exciting commencement of my long-awaited Baby Surprise Jacket:

Of course, now I will promptly set it down and finish dad's scarf.

One more little gem:

He's only four and he knits! I know. Exceptional. As he did it, he muttered, "in, over, through,, over, through, off...".
I totally know what you mean about a clean house. My roommates think I'm obsessed, but I really love the feeling I get when everything sparkles, and I can sit down and knit without worrying about the house.

And as a guy, I definitely know how much an esteemed location the back of the toilet is...only my most prized knitting books get a place there.

It's so awesome that your son knits too, I'm sure someday he'll be making you a beautiful shawl!
Love the picture of the bigger boy knitting! I am feeling behind, like I should get my bigger boy knitting, too. Mmmmm I want some of that silky wool.......scrumptious.
WOW! How cool that he's knitting!
I have seen some beautiful Hourglass sweaters knit up in Malabrigo that look cozy and warm. I'm thinking of knitting one myself! I think the key is knitting a few more rows at the neckline to avoid the "Flashdance" look. There's an Hourglass KAL with lots of pics.

Happy knitting!
Hooray for knitting boys! So cute. Had I six skeins of Malabrigo (oh, the joy!), I would certainly knit a sweater with a big cozy turtle/cowl neck, because it's so soft that I'd want it to be up near my face for easy nuzzling. My friend John designed a beautiful cabled sweater with such a neck for the Fall VK (the gray section) this year that I've been lusting after. Happy knitting - that stuff is luscious!
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