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The Squeaky Wheel, Gets The Grease....

Good Morning Everyone!

I already know many of you have been following my little saga regarding the never ending adventures of my knitting. Most recently, the star has been Marsh, that cute little lacy number that I simply must create. I have no idea why I'm obsessed with it, I hate knitting lace. There are literally hundreds of other patterns I currently have in my arsenal of inspiration, so why this stupid sweater? The answer is simple, it's so pretty. What's even more frustrating about the entire ordeal, it's not even a difficult pattern, so why the mental block? Enter Avena....

How many remember watching Dirty Dancing? There's a famous line, "No one puts Baby in the corner." Close as I can figure, my Avena was telling me, "I refuse to sit in this project bag one more day with only one sleeve to knit, it's mindless, stupid knitting, FINISH ME!" I think that my guilt about ditching her and replacing her with something more interesting created some serious bad juju. It was always in the back of my mind that I should really just get it finished before the next KAL started. Although, I was falling victim to those occasional warm days (you know, 50 degrees) that led me to believe that I should really work on my Spring/Summer sweaters. I won't be able to wear my Avena until next Fall anyway, so why use my precious knitting time working on something I can't enjoy now? Then it snowed on Sunday, it was then that I was slapped across the face and forced to wake the hell up. It's April in Vermont you idiot, there's plenty of time for more snow, finish what you started, you owe it to her!! So Addie and I binge watched 4 episodes of Inventing Anna on Netflix (OMG you have to watch it!!) and guess what? In no time at all, the sleeve was magically finished. Thanks for the grease, Netflix...

I'd been trying, very unsuccessfully, to figure out just how far back I'd ripped my Marsh sweater. No, I didn't count the rows as I pulled them out, I had too much anger and resentment coursing through me to even think rationally about what I was doing. All I could focus on was the fact that it was wrong again, only by one stitch this time, big improvement from seven. Small victory but still wrong. I knew I could count the stitches on either side of the lace work to determine which row to start on, 31stitches on each side should put me on row 13 of the chart. It wasn't until after I'd cast off my Avena that it occured to me that I'd actually finished row 14 and needed to start row 15, duh... The lightbulb finally went on and the curse had been broken, I was FREE!!! I'm going to resist saying much more, I am highly superstitious, but it's going well....stay tuned I hope to have the back finished this week. It's not like I don't have the damn pattern memorized by now, there's always a silver lining if you look hard enough.

We are gearing up for our next KAL, I'm super excited!! Many of you have already been in to pick out your next project(s). Barb is trying to keep up with me, I think she's up to two, one more and she'll be tied with me, no pressure Barb... I, I mean, we, decided to pick out a Spring/Summer sweater from Berroco using one of their beautiful new yarns. We will be casting on officially Saturday April 23rd 9-11:00, although I have already finished the back of my Fleurine so I'm cheating a bit. In my defense, the front is going to take me awhile I think, Intarsia intimidates me. Luckily I have some company, Paula has decided to join me on my quest to master Intarsia, YAY!!! Local Yarn Shop day is Saturday April 30th, mark your calendars! There are promotions by Berroco, Fairmount Fibers, and Malabrigo. I'm also in the process of putting together some fun little goodies....

We will be meeting Wednesday evening at the shop from 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!


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