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Great (Unrealistic) Expectations...

Good Morning Everyone!

What a beautiful summer we had, all four days of it. We know better than to get lulled into a false sense of security, when for whatever reason, Mother Nature hands us 4 days of 80 degree weather in the middle of April. I,for one, was not impressed, but decided this was the perfect opportunity to make lemonade from those lemons. I was able to wear my recently finished Sorbet sweater on Friday and the lovely Vilamoura on Saturday WITH SHORTS AND SANDALS!! I will admit, I did enjoy sitting on my glider in the evening watching the sun go down over the Adirondacks, the temperature was perfect and best of all, the bugs weren't here yet. Any wagers that we have one more snow fall before Maple Festival? I don't want it afterwards...

We have KAL this weekend, I'm nowhere near where I wanted to be on my Drawing Sweater. Truth be told, "done" was the goal. The reality is I'm experiencing the same sensation as a scratch in a record, I keep getting stuck in the same place. I've worked rows 59 and 60 more times than I care to admit. Each time I think I've made progress, I find a mistake in the previous row, which really pisses me off because I'm paying attention. Granted the chart boxes are so stupid small I've been getting headaches trying to read the damn thing (yes, I'm wearing my glasses). I've got highlighter tape and a ruler marking each row on each chart, but I keep screwing it up. I finally had to put it down last night because I think I'd stared at the same row for too long and simply couldn't figure out what was going so horribly wrong. The previous row is correct, but I can't get the beginning of the next round to work. I'm really hoping to have my "Awe, Ha" moment this morning, I've slept on it, took a nice hike, and have had plenty of coffee, stay tuned....If I can't figure it out, it's going to my friend Robin who posted her gorgeous, finished sweater on Facebook, BRAVO!!!

I'd likely be finished with my Drawing Sweater if I hadn't decided to A: knit my Sorbet Sweater and B: start my Manarola as a reward for finishing A. We all know that when finishing one project, that automatically gives you permission to start a new one (versus rummaging through the UFO pile, that's no fun). I've been dying to cast on this sweater, I still can't believe it's purple and not navy blue lol. The construction is extremely interesting, I've never created a neckline like this one before. I had to force myself to believe in the process and the designer by doing exactly what the pattern said even though I didn't think it was going to work. In a nutshell, you are working a series of M1L and M1R while continuing to maintain a K1, P1 ribbing. The result is a lovely V shaped neckline, the stitch details are subtle but stunning. There is a section on each side for the shoulders that are ribbed but emphasized with the same increases on each side. I think you'll just have to come take a look at what I'm talking about, it's truly a beautiful design element. I've finished the short row shaping and am ready to begin the color work. If I can't figure out what my problem is with my Drawing Sweater, I'll be forced to think about it while I knit my Manarola.

As I previously mentioned, this Saturday is KAL from 9-11:00, I'm excited to see everyone's progress. Robin has finished hers so I hope she'll be coming to do a little Show and Tell, I could use some inspiration. The following Saturday, April 29th is LOCAL YARN SHOP DAY, YAY!! Mark your calendars and plan to stop by. We will be meeting tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day, I'll see you soon!


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