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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!
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I found this easy lace scarf pattern via Ravelry and decided to try to knit it up in time for my mother out-law's Wintertide gift. I was going to use Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool in "mallard", but I couldn't find any in my LYS's. My MOL has a very particular green that is her very favorite color ever, and the closest I could come was Malabrigo Baby Merino Lace in "Verdes". It's very soft, somewhat finer than the stuff called for by the designer, and I really love the variegations. All shimmery with leaflight, appropriate for the pattern.

I'm using Addi Turbo's, which I'm not finding as prohibitively slippery as I have in the past, and I'm using the stretchylicious long tail cast on. I'd knit the first 5 rows when I realized that the lovely loose skein of lace yarn was just begging to be tangled and snarled into a Gordian Knot, so I frogged the baby beginning of the scarf. I'll be trotting down to Village Knitters to see if I can't get the Malabrigo wound into tidy center-pull balls, good'n proper. Still, it looks like an easy pattern, and I have actual hope that I'll finish it in time for the holidays. Yay! I guess for tonight, I'm back on the Rigatoni scarf, with maybe a little homework between rows.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

This is the dead-easy drop-stitch Spirit Day scarf I knocked out in Lion Brand's purple Homespun:
From Drop Box

Here's a closer look at the dropped stitches:
From Drop Box

The yarn looks much more blue than purple in the twilight. Maybe I'll try retaking the pictures tomorrow.

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