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Well. The Rigatoni scarf is coming along nicely, but the ball of mini mochi that I'm halfway through now resembles not so much a ball but the results of the sudden introduction of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to the Shinkansen. Tangled, tangled mess, sans meatballs. I've got a great deal of it wound onto my niddynoddy, and the Boo is going to help me untangle the rest of it. It's frustrating because the scarf itself is coming along so nicely, and it's being just the kind of I-can-knit-this-while-sleeping project that helps as a pain management fiddlement in class.

The Boo took me to the kinda snooty, definitely overpriced but close and open and oooo they have pretties yarn store in Napa and ordered me to get yarn enough for a new Rigatoni. After a lot of back and forth, I finally picked 3 skeins of Rowan Tapestry in "Whirlpool", soft oceanic blues and greys. I cast on last night and worked up a few inches, adding beads to every selvedge stitch, but the soft pearly beads I was using just completely vanished into the yarn. So, I frogged it, and I'll take the cast-on scarf to the bead store to find something that will work with this. I really want the beads on the selvedges to both highlight the whirly twirly awesomeness of the pattern and to stiffen the edges a bit. So. Bead store. Yeah.

In other news, the Janel Laidman sock books of ultimate glory got here today, completely surprising me since they only shipped out yesterday. The Boo and I spent a happy morning squeeing over the various pretties, and she has found a handful of things that she'd like me to knit for her. I'm absolutely desperate to knit for her, and I couldn't be happier, or more daunted, with the patterns she's chosen. However, unlike me, she has lovely slim legs, narrow feet, and shapely calves. Really, really fabulous legs, and so easy to knit for! Yay!

GLEED!!!

Oct. 17th, 2010 10:41 pm
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"Gleed", gentle readers, is a portmanteau of "glee" and "greed" of my own invention, and it is the only term that describes my emotional state at having discovered both Janel Laidman's books, The Eclectic Sole and The Enchanted Sole, for less than the original publishing price! This is particularly fabulous as The Eclectic Sole is currently OOP, and I fear The Enchanted Sole may soon be as well. The Eclectic Sole is currently available through resellers for various astronomical figures ranging from a low of $75 to upwards of $300. I was briefly tempted to squirrel away some copies as an investment, but I can't bring myself to charge people those kinds of prices. I'm content to have my own copies, and I'm just delighted to have found them both for less than $60! (Pennies less, but still...) I'm going to knit the most beautiful socks ever!

Gleed gleed gleed indeed!

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