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I think I shall call it the Birthday Poncho.

Why, it's a finished Pull Poncho!

Happy berzday!*
This is the stand-still-like-a-mannequin shot.
[Click here for the "I love my Pull Poncho" shots.]
[P.S. Don't miss the "Look, Ma! No hands!" shot.]


Project details: Pull Poncho, otherwise known as "Thunder" from Rowan's Plaid Collection. I made it in XS size, using Rowan Plaid in Lavender Mist. Things I had initially considered changing but ended up NOT changing, and was very glad that I didn't when I wore the Pull Poncho outdoors: Make the turtleneck smaller and the sleeves shorter. Keeping the turtleneck big and the sleeves long (for maximum neck and hand coverage) is recommended if you'd like this poncho to wear like a mini coat, which is what I wanted. This is something that you can't wear in heated indoors for too long, though, because it's so warm. I had to open the windows in the apartment for the shots taken indoors! But as a cover-up for weekend promenades in the cold outdoors...ah, that's something else. As it turns out, I got to wear my Pull Poncho for the first time on Sunday for a visit to Vaulx en Velin and Miribel. [BONUS: Action shots of the Pull Poncho at the open market in Vaulx en Velin and with the swans at Miribel!]




The shot above was taken at les plages - the beaches - at Miribel. And as there is sand and water there, you just knew that I'd have a running on the sand shot for you, didn't you?


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Run, Rabbit, run.
[Don't forget to look at the rest of the bonus snapshots!]


One can't tell from the shots, but it was cold outdoors. I, however, was nice and warm in the big ole blanket that is my Pull Poncho. I love it.

*I debuted my Pull Poncho on the day after I turned 37. Thirty-seven years old! Send botox. (Okay, I'm kidding about the botox.)

A finished Boyish Jacket!

Someone wore a knit jacket for Christmas:

This is the "Look, Ma! I'm standing still!" shot.
[Click here for a view of the back.]
[Don't miss the dancing boy shots.]
[And YES, there are silly boy shots, too!]


Finished project alert! My first post for 2005 is all about my boy and the funky Boyish Jacket that I completed in time for Christmas. [BONUS: Action shot of the jacket at Aunt Josephine's house with one of the toys the Captain found under the tree on Christmas morning.] Best of all: He loves the jacket, and even though I knit it two sizes larger [!], it actually fits. (I think he may have inherited his father's gorilla arms, and his mother's long torso. And from the looks of things, he's got a penchant for dancing while wearing Mommy's knits. Sure wish I could take credit for the dancing, but that goes to Grandma and Grandpa* Rabbit.)

Project details: Design 15 from Phildar's Pitchoun Hiver 04/05 in size 6 years, using Phildar Pegase and 3.5mm and 4mm needles. I used the tubular cast-on for the ribbing, worked a garter stitch selvedge for the edges of the front pieces (where the zipper goes), worked the neckband at double the length so I could fold it inside, and omitted the embroidery. All in all, the jacket was a fast and easy knit. The pieces were completed quickly, but time was invested in finishing, working the neckband, and sewing in the zipper:


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[Click here to see a closeup of the outside of the neckband.]
[And don't miss the zipper slideshow!]


Aaaah, sewing in the zipper and sewing down the neckband. The mere writing of that phrase makes my finger ache. I sewed on the zipper, and then folded the neckband inside (which I had worked double the length, as I did for my husband's Manly Jacket), sewed that down on the inside using sewing thread, and then decided to further torture myself by hand-sewing black ribbon to the wrong side of the zipper to hide the stitches. By the time I had finished that I was ready to kick my little sewing kit over a cliff with a flying pirouette, because I had had it up to HERE with hand-sewing itty-bitty stitches using thread and needle. But you know what? After my fingers rested up and I saw how my son was opening and closing the zipper like mad and taking the jacket off so that the wrong side showed while we were at Aunt Josephine's house, I was grateful that I had taken the time to sew that ribbon so carefully. While I don't mind sewing in the zipper itself, next time I may use a sewing machine for the ribbon. And you know that after all this blab, I documented the whole sewing-in-zipper-thing in a slideshow for you, right?

BONUS: As promised, here is a 2Cute4U photo of father and son wearing their matching knit jackets. P.S. Captain Destructo says that his Daddy is his "best friend", because their jackets match. [Awwwww!] Can you stand it?

*Bit o' trivia: My father once won a trophy for best dancer of the Peppermint Twist.

I think I shall call it "The Cookie Collar".

Let me show you what I did last week while it was snowing outside:

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[Click here for "Look, Ma! I'm keeping my neck warm!" shots.]


Ta-da! It's the quick 'n' easy neckband from VK's premiere issue of k.1, but I call it the Cookie Collar. Here's why:

1) Look out the window. Oops! It's snowing outside. Nix plans to go downtown. Better stay in and knit.

2) Cast on for neckband. Work a few rows. Ho-hum. Ribbing gets kinda boring. Wait...is that a case of Sweet Tooth I feel coming on?

3) Pull out bag of Hershey's chocolate chips, provided by sister who knows I frequently get Sweet Tooth. [And that is why my sister is a golden goddess.]

4) Leave butter out to soften.

5) Work some more rows. Hey! I bet that butter is nice and soft now. Why, it is! Make cookie dough. Taste cookie dough, just to make sure it came out okay. Tastes pretty good. Realize it may give energy for knitting the collar. Taste a few more times as I get first batch of cookies in oven. You know, for knitting energy.

6) Work on the collar as cookies bake.

7) Take cookies out. Put more in. Eat more cookie dough for energy. Taste one of the cookies fresh out of oven. Feel sugar rush coming on.

8) Complete collar in knitting frenzy brought on by sugar rush. Pull second batch of cookies out of oven. Eat a couple more cookies.

9) Try on collar. Oops! A bit too much ease at the top. Is my neck really that skinny? Eat a couple more cookies to plump up my neck. Rip out bind-off row and bind-off again, this time evenly decreasing purl stitches (using p2 tog) every 7 stitches or so as I bind-off.

10) Try on collar again. Woo hoo! It worked. Eat a couple more cookies to sustain my neck size. Work crochet edging, going down a couple of crochet hook sizes than called for in the pattern. Sew on buttons. Eat just one more cookie, to celebrate.

And that, my friends, is why I call it the Cookie Collar.

I think I shall call it "The Cookie Collar".

Let me show you what I did last week while it was snowing outside:

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[Click here for "Look, Ma! I'm keeping my neck warm!" shots.]


Ta-da! It's the quick 'n' easy neckband from VK's premiere issue of k.1, but I call it the Cookie Collar. Here's why:

1) Look out the window. Oops! It's snowing outside. Nix plans to go downtown. Better stay in and knit.

2) Cast on for neckband. Work a few rows. Ho-hum. Ribbing gets kinda boring. Wait...is that a case of Sweet Tooth I feel coming on?

3) Pull out bag of Hershey's chocolate chips, provided by sister who knows I frequently get Sweet Tooth. [And that is why my sister is a golden goddess.]

4) Leave butter out to soften.

5) Work some more rows. Hey! I bet that butter is nice and soft now. Why, it is! Make cookie dough. Taste cookie dough, just to make sure it came out okay. Tastes pretty good. Realize it may give energy for knitting the collar. Taste a few more times as I get first batch of cookies in oven. You know, for knitting energy.

6) Work on the collar as cookies bake.

7) Take cookies out. Put more in. Eat more cookie dough for energy. Taste one of the cookies fresh out of oven. Feel sugar rush coming on.

8) Complete collar in knitting frenzy brought on by sugar rush. Pull second batch of cookies out of oven. Eat a couple more cookies.

9) Try on collar. Oops! A bit too much ease at the top. Is my neck really that skinny? Eat a couple more cookies to plump up my neck. Rip out bind-off row and bind-off again, this time evenly decreasing purl stitches (using p2 tog) every 7 stitches or so as I bind-off.

10) Try on collar again. Woo hoo! It worked. Eat a couple more cookies to sustain my neck size. Work crochet edging, going down a couple of crochet hook sizes than called for in the pattern. Sew on buttons. Eat just one more cookie, to celebrate.

And that, my friends, is why I call it the Cookie Collar.

A Triumphant Sleeve Cometh.

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Expand: Sleeve one and sleeve two.
And they're both the same size!
(Yeah. She showed that naughty sleeve who's boss.)


NEWSFLASH! This just in: Our sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit had two straight late-night knitting sessions in a row - one session consisting of a torturous 2+ hours in front of Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's bubs - which resulted in a second Salina sleeve knit using the correct needle size of 3.75mm. The sleeve got pulled off the needle before the credits of aforesaid too-bizarre-to-be-artsy film appeared on the television screen and a Kacha Kacha measuring tape confirmed that said sleeve measures the same as the first sleeve. To celebrate her victory Skinny Rabbit ran triumphantly around the block with hands in the air, theme music from Rocky I blaring in the background. "Flying high now..."

Upon successfully finishing the second sleeve, Skinny Rabbit immediately started backstitching the shoulders of the front and back pieces even though she has yet to knit the blasted sleeve cuffs in moss stitch. The correct needle size (3.25mm) has already been tagged in order to ensure that she doesn't flub AGAIN by knitting the cuffs in the wrong needle size. Evidence of Skinny Rabbit backstitching the shoulders has been documented in the form of yet another slideshow, of course.

[Footnote: Skinny Rabbit learned how to backstitch in 2001 using Monste Stanley's Knitter's Handbook as a reference. Skinny Rabbit hearts this book and would probably lug it with her to the North Pole if she had to move there. Which, thankfully, she doesn't plan on doing any time in the near future.]

This also in: Skinny Rabbit stashes again! Sources reveal that Skinny Rabbit became an auntie again [congrats to her little bro on becoming a father to another little girl last week!] so an emergency weekend yarn run was in order. Of course, this means that she didn't break her lenten no-stash rule as the yarn obtained is for gifts and not for her own greedy self.


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In the batch: Phildar layette pattern book, Phil Eponge for the new niece's flowery cardigan and some gray flannel Quietude for a vest for Skinny Rabbit's dad. The vest is going to be a Father's Day present, and as Skinny Rabbit's dad is built like a linebacker she felt that she better get an early start on it in order to ensure that it be, in effect, a Father's Day gift and not an early Christmas gift. And doesn't her new yarn look all lovely bathing in its own ray of sunlight on the table? We think so, too.

Still reading? Good. Skinny Rabbit's unforeseen stash run and project reorganization for spring means that there's yarn up on the stash-o-mat page. Take a look!

Finished Kid Mohair cardi, bagels and a fresque.

Going layered*, bay-bee!

This is the stand-still-like-a-mannequin shot.
[Click here for the BIG "Look, Ma! No hands" shot.]
[Wanna see another view and closeups?]


Project details: Kid Mohair cardi, pattern 4 from Phildar's Kid Mohair pattern leaflet 2005. I knit the 34/36 size, and used less than 5 skeins of Kid Mohair in Amande and 3 skeins of Sunset in Azur. And because the knitting gods are being kind to me after the torturous finishing nightmare I had with this cardi, Saturday was IDEAL Kid Mohair cardi weather so I was able to give the cardi a proper debut! I was planning on wearing the cardi for dinner out, but with perfect daytime cardi weather, my impatient self just couldn't wait until the evening to wear it. I wore it out to lunch, for a visit downtown, grocery shopping and then for a manicure. And here's a photo of the cardi acting like a tourist at la fresque des Lyonnais during its debut (with a BONUS of a mural slideshow!):

Where's Rabbit?

[Zoom in on part of the middle of the fresque!]
[You knew I was going to include a slideshow too, right?]


["I Love Lyon" footnote: La fresque des Lyonnais is found on the corner of quai St-Antoine and rue de la Martinière in the first arrondissement. The mural is on all sides of the building, and the side shown in the photo above has images of luminaries from and around Lyon. The higher you go up the fresque, the further you go back in time. Lyon is a literal gallery of trompe l'oeil murals; another one I've shown previously is le mur des canuts where I debuted my Phil Ruban cardi. End of "I Love Lyon" footnote.]

Things I did when I knit the cardi: Lemme see...tubular cast-on for the hem and cuffs. Shoulders were joined using backstitch. Sleeve and side seams were joined using mattress stitch. Front bands were also sewn using mattress stitch. The buttonhole was easy; while sewing the front band to the neck a space was left open for the button. That's it! But being the anal-retentive perfectionist that I am, I didn't weave in the ends where the buttonhole was located. I got a crochet hook and used the ends to create a slip stitch finish around the free edges of the buttonhole. Oh! And the button. I am so enamored with that button. I ordered it at my local Phildar boutique as it's the one called for in the pattern. It's pearly and shiny and the right shade of green and almost wafer-like in its thinness. And that's the end of my long run-on sentence because it's time for customary whack dance rabbit shots, where I RAWKED OUT with my sparkly cardi that makes me wannabe a rock star:




*I had initially planned on wearing the cardi with high-waisted tweed pants and a tucked-in blouse. But while window shopping a few weeks ago I saw the layered look for spring all over the shop window displays in Lyon: These little-nothing tops and camisoles worn long under short feminine cardis. When I saw this lacy camisole, I just had to get it so I could wear it this way under my Kid Mohair cardi and with what my husband calls my "rock star" jeans. After years of wearing stuffy lawyer attire, it gives me a kick to knit this kind of stuff and wear it any way I please. I love me a good trend.

Queen of Procrastination presents to you:

The seaming party that finally commenced:


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She neglected me all week! Bad, bad Rabbit.
[Zoom in, zoom out.]
[Don't miss the rest of my progress!]


Okay, let's see...last weekend we were supposed to go to Vienne to meet the new baby in the family and pass on one gift consisting of a hand-knit baby sweater, size 12-18 months, reverse striped stockinette stitch, 100% wool, yadda yadda. The sweater got completed [yoo hoo...see all progress here], a neckband and buttonbands were added and blocking got done by last Wednesday. I was ready to seam, wrap it up and call it a finished present by Friday. Then the baby's parents called us on Thursday morning to tell us that they had to be in Grenoble on Saturday and didn't know if they'd make it back to Vienne by Sunday, so we replanned the visit for THIS coming weekend. Ah! Another week! Of course, I promptly put off seaming the rest of the sweater and left it sitting on the table untouched. I haven't gotten a chance to finish seaming it until today. Sing it with me now, friends: THE QUEEN OF PROCRASTINATION REIGNS AGAIN.

(But I will finish seaming today. Oh yes, I will. It's cocktail hour and Monsieur Le Hubby is home, so it's all about a seaming party tonight. Kirs for everyone!)

In another news, Bunny Peeps have landed in Lyon!


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Peeps Bunny poses in front of la fresque des Lyonnais.
Peep Show! Peep Show!


My very thoughtful pal Mariko surprised me by sending me Bunny Peeps (in pink, no less) and Girl Scout cookies [!!!] Oh, pink peeps, thin mints and peanut butter cookies, how I love thee! People, the house is officially rocked. And to show how grateful my cookie lovin' heart is for Mariko's kindness, I've put together a small slideshow of peeps postcards. Please, see the gratuitous Peep Show!

Queen of Procrastination presents to you:

The seaming party that finally commenced:


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She neglected me all week! Bad, bad Rabbit.
[Zoom in, zoom out.]
[Don't miss the rest of my progress!]


Okay, let's see...last weekend we were supposed to go to Vienne to meet the new baby in the family and pass on one gift consisting of a hand-knit baby sweater, size 12-18 months, reverse striped stockinette stitch, 100% wool, yadda yadda. The sweater got completed [yoo hoo...see all progress here], a neckband and buttonbands were added and blocking got done by last Wednesday. I was ready to seam, wrap it up and call it a finished present by Friday. Then the baby's parents called us on Thursday morning to tell us that they had to be in Grenoble on Saturday and didn't know if they'd make it back to Vienne by Sunday, so we replanned the visit for THIS coming weekend. Ah! Another week! Of course, I promptly put off seaming the rest of the sweater and left it sitting on the table untouched. I haven't gotten a chance to finish seaming it until today. Sing it with me now, friends: THE QUEEN OF PROCRASTINATION REIGNS AGAIN.

(But I will finish seaming today. Oh yes, I will. It's cocktail hour and Monsieur Le Hubby is home, so it's all about a seaming party tonight. Kirs for everyone!)

In another news, Bunny Peeps have landed in Lyon!


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Peeps Bunny poses in front of la fresque des Lyonnais.
Peep Show! Peep Show!


My very thoughtful pal Mariko surprised me by sending me Bunny Peeps (in pink, no less) and Girl Scout cookies [!!!] Oh, pink peeps, thin mints and peanut butter cookies, how I love thee! People, the house is officially rocked. And to show how grateful my cookie lovin' heart is for Mariko's kindness, I've put together a small slideshow of peeps postcards. Please, see the gratuitous Peep Show!

Why, it's a block party.

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Oh, block us, already.
Slideshow, slideshow!
P.S. Look at all those ends I have to weave in.
Don't you feel just awful for me?


Get out your calendar, friends, and circle this day using a great big red marker because I finished knitting the pieces of my son's cotton jacket and immediately starting blocking them! I didn't procrastinate, and I certainly didn't start a new project even though that's what my impatient self usually does. As soon as I pulled the second sleeve off the needle I slapped the pieces onto the blocking board, pinned them down and gave them a steam boost they'll never forget. (And blocking "board" is a term I mean literally as my blocking board is a recycled cardBOARD box that I cover with used plastic and a smooth bath towel. It's the same board I've been using for the past couple of years. D.I.Y, bay-beeeeee!) And speaking of which, I've got a slideshow showing exactly how I put together my fancy blocking board and how I blocked the pieces. You know, 'cause I'm a blocking 'ho and all.

Next up after blocking: Seaming, picking up stitches for and knitting the collar, then on to the zipper with its zipper bands. Ay, the ZIPPER. My fingers ache at the memory of the last zipper I sewed in [my son's boyish jacket, remember?]; after sewing in the zipper I meticulously stitched on some ribbon to hide the zipper and it seemed to take forever. All those little stitches! My index finger and thumb looked (and felt) like I had spent the afternoon poking my fingers with toothpicks. Send thimbles.

In the meantime, I've been enjoying the spurts of good weather we're having here. Sunny days with no wind or rain means it's time to head out and get some air.


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Partial view of Lyon from Fourvière.
[Click to ENLARGE.]


I took this shot as we walked out of Fourvière Aventures urban forest park, where I got to pretend I was Tarzan by swinging from tree to tree:


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Rabbit on a wire.
What's that? Photo not BIG enough for ya?


In the photo above I was zooming down a cable while hanging onto a pulley and I was, of course, yelling like Tarzan because it was part of the moment. Other activities consisted of moving from tree to tree by swinging from ropes, climbing through nets and walking on tightropes or wiggly ladders. [Yes, Mom, I was strapped in a harness.] I haven't had this much "look how high up I am" fun since I went rock climbing and rappelling in the Grand Tetons. Are we gonna go back and do it again? Heck, sssshhhhYEAH!

All Captain, all the time.

Somebody got to wear a new cotton jacket this weekend!

We call this the "Mini GQ" shot.
I couldn't resist including it.
[Wanna see CLOSEUPS?]


Quick project details: Design 11, "gilet asymetrique" (asymmetrical jacket) from Phildar Pitchoun Spring/Summer 2005. The jacket is in 3x1 ribbing and stockinette stitch. I knit the 6 year old size, using size 3.25mm needles (addis, bay-bee!) and 10 skeins of Phildar Coton No. 4 in "JEAN'S". [Note: This color FADES in the manner of jeans after it is washed. It creates a nice faded denim effect which, unfortunately, my camera is refusing to pick up properly and is showing as a striped or variegated effect instead. Grr.] The fabric created has a slight sheen to it that makes the 3x1 rib and double decreases show up really nicely.


This is the TRYING to stand-still-as-a-mannequin shot.
It took me forever to get this shot.


I did not change the sizing on this jacket. My son is four and a half years old (he'll be five in September), but I knit the six year old size in the hopes it would come out a little big so he'd be able to wear it a couple of seasons. However, it's not too large for him to wear now. I think it looks cuter this way, actually. It's the baggy look, dude.

[Footnote: While I didn't change the sizing, I should mention that I did change the pattern a bit in technical terms. Looking at the photo above will show that the ribbing at the hem blends into the ribbing on the side panels of the front pieces, like the way it does in the photo of the pattern book. But if I had blindly followed the pattern instructions the 3x1 ribbing at the hem of both front pieces would NOT have corresponded with the 3x1 ribbing at the side panels because the pattern drafters were being naughty when they wrote the pattern. The pattern instructions for the 6 year old size had the ribbing at the hem and the ribbing at the side panels completely and pitifully off, most likely for purposes of the double decreases at the armhole shaping, which need to begin within a purl stitch of the 3x1 ribbing a few stitches from the edge. I disregarded the pattern instructions and reworked so that the ribbing at the hem would continue into the ribbing at the side panels while still being able to work the decreases where they belonged, but this did not change the size or measurements of the pieces. End of blabby footnote.]

And! The jacket is a hit with Captain Destructo. [BONUS: Silly shots of happy boy dancing in his jacket.] He's really happy with it and could hardly wait to debut it, which he got to do this weekend. One of the first places the jacket got to visit was the AQUARIUM in Lyon:


Sunday afternoon outing at the Aquarium.


Thankfully, the visit to the aquarium was also a hit with him. We went to Sea World when he was a baby, but he was too small to enjoy it. And last year, he got to visit the aquarium at the Beauval Zoo at Saint Aignan, but he was so tired out after walking through the whole zoo (enormous...there are several hectares for the elephants alone) that the aquarium wasn't enjoyed. This time he got a chance to leisurely watch all of the fish and got a kick out of touching live clams and starfish. [BONUS: You knew I was going to include a slideshow too, right?]


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The jacket at the turtle tank.
Slideshow! Slideshow!


Final finishing notes on this jacket: I'm really happy with the way the whole jacket turned out, especially the collar and zipper facings. I've sewn zippers [see a zipper slideshow here] into jackets several times, and have covered up the wrong side of the zipper using ribbon or knitted [see hooded vest] facings. This, however, is the first time that I knit double facings separately, sewed the zipper into them and then sewed the facings to the fronts of the jacket. [BONUS: Look at how I sewed the facings onto the jacket. Incidentally, I used the yarn itself, not sewing thread. I simply split the yarn and used a single strand of it to sew on the facings.] HELLO! Not only was it easy and quick, it makes the zipper - from both sides - look neat and polished, which is a plus as my boy likes to constantly open and close zippers on his jackets. If I weren't so tired from snapping all those aquarium shots, I'd be sticking this jacket with its fab zipper facings on a flagpole and waving it around while I run around the block triumphantly.

This is what I worked on while I was in Paris:

Why, it's a finished shorty cardi!

This is the stand-still-like-a-mannequin shot.
(Please pretend I don't have a farmer's tan*.)
[Wanna see another view and some CLOSEUPS? Oh, go on!]
[What's that? Whack dance shots? Oh, ALRIGHT.]


Project details: "Shorty Cardigan", otherwise known as "Gilet" pattern 3 from Phildar's "Tout Lin" pattern leaflet 2005, which I bought from my local Phildar boutique. I knit the 34/36 size, and used less than 6 skeins of Phil Lin in Amande. I knit the back piece while I was in Paris, and the rest of the pieces back home in Lyon while reading Helen Fielding's Edge of Reason and Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic. [Yes, I still like to read while I knit. If you can glue your eyes to the tv while knitting you can read while you knit, believe me.] I also got to watch (again) The Matrix while knitting one of the sleeves, and you know what? I can never get enough Keanu, oh no I can't.

Knitting and finishing notes: I made no changes to the pattern. The cardigan is knit using 2x2 rib and stockinette stitch. I used the tubular cast on for 2x2 rib on all pieces. Shoulders were shaped via short rows and joined using three-needle bind-off. I blocked all pieces using my ever-faithful steam-blocking method. [Slideshow of how I block here.] All pieces were joined using mattress stitch. I knit the neckbands separately (because they are knit on a needle that is a size smaller than the body of the garment) and sewed them on using mattress stitch. The buttonholes are vertical buttonholes and, to be quite frank, I don't like vertical buttonholes because they stretch but on this particular garment the vertical buttonholes looked better than horizontal buttonholes. The buttons I used were obtained at La Mercerie in La Croix Rousse, and they're lightweight wooden buttons that happened to be tinted the same shade as the yarn, which rocks my socks. I was going to use the wooden buttons originally called for in the pattern, but they were too big and heavy for the weight of the yarn and reminded me of buttons one would see on a "Dress Me" doll. (Wanna know how big they are? I tried using them at first and they wouldn't even fit through the buttonholes. Back to the Phildar boutique they went.) What else? Oh yes, I gave the cardigan a final blocking session by throwing the whole thing in the cold gentle cycle of the wash, and I placed it on a flat surface to dry. When my husband saw it on the blocking board drying, he said (jokingly, but still), "Oh! What a cute baby sweater." Funny guy.

All that said, I LOVE this little cardigan! Not only is it lightweight and knit in well-behaving yarn, it's so unlike anything I've ever worn before and I look forward to wearing it with strappy camisoles or sundresses. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to debut it because i) the weather is currently very hot, and ii) I'm waiting for my farmer's tan to go away. So! In lieu of shorty cardigan debut photos, I present you with a couple of slideshows of Paris:





*Or maybe I should call it the "kermesse tan". I got it while sitting in the sun for two hours at my son's school pageant because I was wearing a v-neck with three-quarter sleeves. A v-neck top with three-quarter sleeves at an outdoor school pageant on a sunny (albeit crisp) day! Einstein move, I know.

Hey! Check out where I am on my Fiery Bolero:

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The Fiery Bolero. Olé!
(Pictured with the cursed measly half skein of Cathay remaining.)


I finished it up and started on the neck edging, which required my picking up about gazillion stitches. Okay, I lie. It isn't really a gazillion stitches but it sure feels like it is. Anyway, last night I was happily knitting along on the neck edging, working those short rows [how I love working short rows] and watching Les Dents de la Mer*, when I got to the last two rows and decided to take a look at the amount of yarn I had left. Uh-oh! [Insert ominous approaching shark music from Jaws.] Less than half a skein. I'm not sure if I am going to have enough yarn to finish the back edging and cuffs! I started looking at my swatch to see if I could rip that out and glean a few centimeters out of that, which is pretty sorry. And that, my friends, is why it's a good idea to always get an extra ball of yarn even if you're sick and tired of doing that because you could open a yarn store with all the oddballs leftover from previous projects. Now I'm going to be fervently praying to the yarn gods while I nervously knit the edgings: "Please, yarn gods! Let there be enough of this bad boy Cathay so I can finish the Fiery Bolero and wear it on vacation! I shall place chocolate at the altar, er...my stash closet, for you!" If that doesn't work, I'll have to order another skein when I get back from vacation, and wait for it to come in. That'll learn me, good and proper.

*Otherwise known as Jaws; remember that movie? Scared the bikini off me when I saw it back in...oh, never mind. Suffice it to say that I saw it when it came out in theaters. A long time ago. Oops! My age is showing.)

Oh, but there's more. I couldn't resist surreptitiously getting in a few rows on the Flowery Cardigan, even though I should really be packing for vacation, going to my hair appointment and sweating over the measly half skein of Cathay I have to finish my Fiery Bolero.


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Wanna see the whole enchilada? Oh, go on.


This is the back piece, which has similar construction to the Fiery Bolero as the sleeves are knit on. See those extra stitches at both ends? I just began increasing stitches for the sleeves. The fun part! Should make for interesting travel knitting. And I like knitting this little cardi so much that I decided to knit the matching diaper cover that goes with it, and just bought a couple of extra skeins of Phil Eponge in order to do that. The diaper cover has a big flower right smack on the bottom. Awwwwwwwww!

Now, for my travel knitting. I'm taking:

1) A few skeins of GGH Scarlett so I can start knitting my Rebecca cardi, already. I swatched for this project a while ago and haven't even started. J'ai honte! Maybe I'll do a few rows of ribbing while I'm away, just because.

2) Some skeins Phildar Quietude so I can work on a vest for my dad. Rows and rows of ribbing for a vest destined for a man the size of a rugby player! In gray flannel yarn. Who loves ya, Dad???

3) All the Phil Eponge slotted for the Flowery Cardigan. Let's hope I have this as a near-finished project by the time I get back.

And wait! There's even more. Before I go, I give you some artsy snapshot slideshows taken when I was in Paris:




The family and I are heading off to the Loire Valley and Paris for vacation. There will be updates when I get back. See you then!

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