Knitting stuff first. I am pretty singleminded right now, trying to finish the New Century Poncho Pullover before I leave for Stitches MW. I'm putting in a lot of hours at school now, so I may not make my self-imposed deadline. But I'll come close, I think. Here's a picture of the front and back seamed together at the shoulders.
And here's a close-up of the applied i-cord trim at the neck opening. This trim will eventually show up on all the edges of the garment.
I-cord delights me. Such a simple thing but it stands out as an eye-catching trim. What's left to do? I'm almost done with one sleeve. I have the other sleeve, the rest of the i-cord trim, the sleeve and side seams, and weaving in the ends. That's it. That's all.
I was at The Little Red Schoolhouse last weekend, where I succumbed to impulse and purchased this book.
Magical Knitting, by Cat Bordi. Everything you ever wanted to know about moebius knitting, with lovely patterns. I couldn't resist. Something to liven up scarf knitting this winter, and some new felting projects. Also, several cape styles have me intrigued. Take a look (click to see larger views).
I've been trying not to succumb to these impulses. With Stitches just a little over a week away, I'm trying to channel all my impulses toward that, since I'm going to go a little crazy anyway. Note the operative word "little." You all believe me, right?
Little Red Schoolhouse by the way, is a small, but delightful yarn shop inside a craft mall. It's less than ten minutes away from Threadbear, and well worth a stop if you are coming to this area. The owner would love it if you stopped there first, before Matt and Rob get you in their clutches.
I'm feeling such a time crunch now. I have some special items ready for my secret pal; I just need to get them wrapped for mailing. My S. C. tells me she (he?) has a package ready to send also. Surprises....I love surprises. Good ones, that is. I didn't like the surprise I got at 5AM Sunday morning, when I awoke with intense teeth-chattering chills. The shivers gave over to a fever about an hour later. I thought I was going to be in for a nasty virus of some sort, but by mid-afternoon I felt fine. No other symptoms, so I am clueless as to what that was all about.
CALL FOR HELP
This new blogger is trying to figure out how to make sidebar links to favorite books. I could help her with Typepad links, but she's using Blogger. If any Blogger-users have time to help her out, Kat would appreciate it.
Have to wrap this up quickly now, and get out to the weekly knit-in. Can't miss my knitting and socializing fix.