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Friday, June 29, 2007
The little Surplice Lace Top knit- along behind

It was my husband's idea that I rename the knit-along, a knit-behind. He thinks it's very amusing that I enthusiastically proposed the knit-along and then proceeded to make 6 other things.

My biggest mistake was that I got excited and announced the idea way too soon. I tell myself that in the process of it's very slow start, my Surplice Lace Top has evolved into something far better than it would have been had I jumped right into it. I also tell myself that my scattered focus would really have been annoying if hundreds of people were taking part in the KAL. As it stands, the three participants have remained cheerful in the face of my confusion.

I have to hand it to blogless Amy, who has practically completed her Surplice Lace Top in a lovely red Soysilk yarn. She, my friends, has focus.

She sent me photos of her progress along with a message of encouragement (thank you Amy!).
Here's a peek at her hard work:

As for me, I am proud to announce that I have finally cast on. Two hundred forty eight loops on my circular 4's are poised to become the lace section of the top. No small task, since I also had to unravel my peek-a-boob which was knit with a double strand of Euroflax. Unraveling and then unwinding two strands from one another. A mess, indeed.

And for a wonderful distraction from your next big project, can I recommend that, like me, you bake up a batch of Quinoa Muffins? I was inspired to take the picture above partly because these muffins (which can be found in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison) are so delicious.

I also wanted to share with everyone how sweet it is when a four-year old shares his muffin with Mickey Mouse.


Hi Molly --

Thanks for posting the pic. Actually, since I took those, I have completed all 7 pieces of the sweater. They have been blocked and are patiently drying on the guest room bed. I'm a little nervous about the finishing. The neckband won't be too hard, but the rest of it will be a challenge to my finishing skills. This is the most advanced project I've tried, but my goal is to wear it to my guild meeting on 7/10. Wish me luck!
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See you soon.

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