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Despite the fact that I feel like a big pile of garbage today, I called in sick, I do have happy knitting news.  The fair isle yoke pulli is finally done and resting after it’s bath.  After many many rippings and reworkings I’m really pleased with how it’s come out; despite the frustration it caused at the time all the revisions really make it look polished.  As of last night the sleeves and the body were still about an inch shorter than I would have liked but I easily blocked a bit of length into them today.  fair isle yoke

I love how the cuffs and the bottom ribbing came out as well

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I’m about half way through the second sleeve on the York pullover, the pattern is for a cardi but I’m altering it a fair bit.  The back is done and I’ll decide how I’m going to tackle the front when I get there.  I’m splicing all over the place to make the two sleeves match and I’ll probably do the same so that the front is similar to the back as well.

Ugh, seems like all the larger projects I’m working on right now are going nowhere fast.  The fair isle yoke is at the slow and tedious point of just needing the currogated rib cuffs knit, now that the neckline has been ripped for what seems like the twenty fifth time and is at long last big enough to get over my fat head.  The York not-so-cardi has a back and one sleeve but all the spit splicing to get the colour changes to match up are making the second sleeve slow work.  Knit two rows, find next colour from among the nine or so partial balls of SG, join the yarn, knit two rows….  I suppose I can’t really complain about this too much as it’s my own neurosis over matchymatchyness that got me into this mess in the first place.

 Anyway, I needed to feel like something was getting finished so I’ve been knitting some smaller things to keep the FO love going.  Monkey got a Zeebee hat to match his coat and last years mitts (which also may need replacing) which knit up in an evening.  It’s such a great knit and I’m intending to make a few more with odds and ends as they’ll make good charity projects.  Since this photo was taken I’ve picked up and knit on some ear flaps and i-cord ties so it covers his ears a little better.  It took just over half a skein of nature Wool Bulky so there’s probably enough left for a neckwarmer too.  markus's zeebee

Monkey now has some new washup cloths too, three balls of discloth cotton he pulled apart at LK are now a sailboat cloth, an apple cloth and a moose cloth for bathtime.  I have  a few more balls of kitchen cotton that have been languishing in the stash for a while (cough cough, years) so I may knit those up for him too.

This past week off work I’ve been busting my arse to get everything uploaded to Ravelry, yarns, projects and all the other knitting related crap that’s been accumulating around here.  Let me tell ya it’s been quite the job and more revealing than I had really intended it to be.

The stash, oh the stash.  I can’t really describe the stash management system I was employing before unless of course chaos qualifies as a system.  I have so much stuff that I’m sure I bought for some specific purpose that escapes me right now that it’s totally out of hand.  The most difficult thing was getting everything together enough to photograph and catologue it.  I have so many partial balls of stuff that had to be detangled, wound, identified and such it’s taken me all week just to get all that done.  I frogged a few long deserted projects that I knew were never going to find any sort of life in their current incarnations and reclaimed a bunch of yarn (as an aside, someone please slap me next time I’m caught trying to frog eight skeins of Silk Garden in order to preserve my sanity).  Now the plan is to peruse Ravelry and assign new projects to everything.

 I’m actually thinking that I’ll go on a yarn diet until January so I can get through some of this.  I had to buy some kitchen cotton on wednesday though when Monkey destroyed the skeins at the shop though but I have knit him  a washcloth with one of them already so that’s not so bad I guess.  I banged off a hat for him out of stash yarn this week too.  I do need to do a bit of smaller and one skein projects as I’ve got so many lone balls in the stash.  I figure if I work through some of what I’ve got I can do a bit of a shop in Jan and not feel so guilty about it.

In other news I picked the long forgotten Central Park Hoodie back up from it’s vacation among the stash and knit on the buttonbands which were the only thing preventing this from having been complete back in March.  I put the buttons on at SnB on Wednesday and it’s finally done.  I love the fit and the colour.  The yarn is scratchy, I used the reccomended Tahki Donegal Tweed, but it’s not like I’ll be wearing it without a top underneath so I’m not overly bothered.  It’s really warm so it’ll probably get a lot of wear as a fall coat.

I just cast off the Central Park Hoodie, I love how it came out!  I still have two or three ends to weave in and the buttons to tack on properly but it’s finally finished.  Seeing the UFO listed at the top of my Ravelry notebook each day can sure guilt you into getting the lead out and finishing stuff up.  It’ll be a nice extra layer for the fall and winter.  The yarn isn’t as soft as I’d like but as it’s a cardi it’s not like I won’t be wearing something under it anyway so it doesn’t matter so much.  I’ll try to get someone to take a proper pic of it at Knit Nite on Wednesday.  Now back to the FIY and SotS.

Seeing as how I’m wearing a warm sweater I’ve turned off the heat in the appartment.  Today is Blog Action Day and I agree with so many others that it’s time to do something about the environment, the tiniest little bit we can do when compounded will make a larg difference.  Just being in Toronto this past month is more than proof to me that global climate change is happening; I can’t ever remember October being so warm.  The weather overall these past few years can only be called strange and there’s so much we can and should do. 

Since Monkey was born I’ve looked at everything I do a little differently and the environment is no different, we are creating the world we’re leaving to our children.  So all you knitters out there go put on one of your wonderful handcrafted sweaters and turn down the heat on our planet.