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My Oasis, Sleeve Island...

Good Morning Everyone!

Happy Fall!! So far, I'm not missing summer one bit (no one should be surprised). All of my hard work will be paying off. Those beautiful new sweaters the boss lady made me knit are ready to wear and the season is here!! My latest project, Goldenfern by Jenn Steingass, will be off the needles soon, it has to be, I will be wearing it this Sunday. The weather is going to be perfect blocking and drying conditions all week (hint, hint, ladies, get those winter sweaters washed and ready). This weekend is the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, I'm so excited. I absolutely love attending this fiber festival, it restores my sense of why I love what I do. I'm completely surrounded by people who love yarn just as much as I do. Truth be told, I really go to see the animals, lol...It doesn't stop me from buying yarn, roving, baskets and pottery, but I love the animals. I can't even pick a favorite, angora bunnies, baby goats, alpaca??? Let's just say YES to it all. If you haven't attended, I highly recommend it, it's also a fantastic "people watching" venue, knitters got their own special sense of style, I'll leave it at that.

I've heard many people lament about sleeve island, it's related to second sock & mitten syndromes. For me, it's the easy part, the challenge is over, SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST! Sweater knitting is a unique process, each section motivates you to the next, but usually not without complaint. Color work starts out with loads of enthusiasm, it's so much fun to watch the pattern evolve. It soon turns to, I can't wait to get this color work finished and just knit round and round. You get to the round and round and you're bored and the thought of the sleeves is enough to consider making a vest. Man we are hard to please...finally the sleeves, the light at the end of the tunnel. My motivation stems from two sources, the first is obvious, BRAND NEW SWEATER TO WEAR!! The second is equally obvious, CAST ON A NEW PROJECT AND/OR BUY MORE YARN (if you're Wanda, stick to "cast on a new project"). I guess my long winded message to you is, approach each stage of the creative process with excitement. The end result is always worth the effort, and I know that some of those efforts can be challenging, but isn't that why we're all smarter than a piece of string and two sticks?

You heard it here first, I've ordered more of those absolutely adorable stitch stoppers from MInnie & Purl along with more Purl Strings. My ladies knitting the Big Love cleaned me out of Purl Strings, they are a must have notion, I couldn't survive without them. We had a lively KAL group this past Saturday, there is fantastic progress being made on our sweaters! The prize for the most progress goes to Amanda, she is almost caught up to me. It certainly is not a contest, but I mention Amanda simply because, she's never knit a sweater and this project isn't exactly geared towards a beginner. I take great pride knowing that the picture I shared of my "in progress" Big Love has been the beacon of light she's needed to keep moving forward. She's had a couple of hiccups, I have too, but I admire her determination and attitude. She's approaching the project with so much positivity I no longer feel any guilt about "allowing" her to take this on. She did share with me that her mindset is, "GO BIG OR GO HOME" she's going big and will be going home wearing a new sweater.

We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!


P.S. I'm going to make you work for this one, ANDRA!!! Scan to the bottom.....

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