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Slackness in the blogging again. But as we close in on November, the closer we get to the madness of NaNoWriMo, so I am using this as writing practice. I have done Nano 4 years in a row but only won last year for the first time. Fingers crossed for 2007, I may sneak some knitting into the story line.

I have continued along with Southern Summer of Socks, however this appears to have been a slow week. I got a little distracted by the Everlasting Bagstopper, which suddenly seemed like a great idea for Christmas presents. Although finding the right fibre for the Bag seems a challenge, I bought some crochet yarn 45% acrylic/55% cotton (at$2 a ball in hot pink, how could I go wrong?!) but the truth will be in the finished product and its strength. I have been lurking through the finished projects queues in Ravelry (oh the collective wisdom!) and checking out other people’s customisations. I am planning to knit the handles rather than use ribbon, but the test will be in ultimate stretch of the bag. I am already imagining how cute my Xmas presents are going to look, a Bagstopper like a Xmas stocking holding gifts.

The one difference about this bag project is that I have begun knitting it at work during my lunchtime. Earlier this week, I came out to my department as a knitter. We have a monthly presentation by our boss and as a bit of fun, they ask a person to provide 3 facts about themselves and the rest of the group has to guess who. So, this time it was my go, but the coming out of the knitting was upstaged by my admission that I used to be a teen Goth! Everyone was dying to ask questions about whether my hair was black, what my parents thought etc etc and the knitting slipped right by without a mention. Ok, I work in a bank, in a product management role surrounded by suits, sales people, actuaries and high flyers, but I did not expect them to be sooo conservative. So the teen gothiness makes me a pariah, knitting does not. I am now knitting in the lunchroom.

I have a shipment of Blue Moon Fiber (American spelling!?) Arts waiting for me at the post office. I fear the Bagstopper may too be waylaid in preference for the new yarn. New Yarn! Oh how the Australian dollar being close to equal to a US$ makes me happy. If it weren’t for that super expensive posting though…

Burma. I have watched the news over recent weeks horrified at the situation in Burma. The news footage has brought me close to tears on a couple of occasions. To see the monks, symbols of peace and divinity, being attacked with batons and such undeserved violence is horrific. As you may be able to tell, this news item has touched me deeply, I have felt worried about the people of Burma. What has this got to do with knitting, I hear you ask…well…the most recent podcast of Lime & Violet made a number of references to Lime being in Burma, but in a humorous way. I understood the Monty Python references, going along with Parrot Sketch, but this made me feel like they were either oblivious to the events in Burma (unfortunately Americans have the international reputation of not knowing anything going on outside their own country, I hoped this was not the case) or totally disrespectful. So I got up on my high horse and spoke up on the Ravelry discussion boards about the episode. I got a response from V and from the person who asked her to include the Monty Python sketch in the podcast. It appears that the podcast was taped months ago prior to the events. I am fine with that, I voiced my opinion, let’s move on…there is more yarn to look at.

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I am re-inspired to blog again after the MIFF blog slog. Partly thanks to the two lovely skeins of Lorna’s Laces in Flames that arrived in my letter box…ooh ee. Perfect for Momma Monkey’s Fawkes pattern (sorry can’t get a link but here’s her whole site, what a sock goddess!). This yarn came from the troublesome closing down sale at Knit2Purl2 (see here for the L&V thread on the drama) but it all turned out fine in the end.

Oh and I am #236th in line for Ravelry. Yay!

I have completed my first repeat of Swirly Girl socks. It’s looking lovely (yet another note to self re: buying a camera) and the Tofutsies are behaving themselves. As I blogged before, this yarn is stubborn & picky (and annoyingly splitty) and won’t show its beauty with any old project. This pattern has been written specific for Tofutsies and tis looking fine.

Also needed some mindless knitting to go along with the Gilmore Girls and so picked up the Clementine Cardi again. I am a little bit worried that I will not have enough yarn to finish this project. Maybe it’s nothing, but maybe my knitty super powers are acting up again. I should go pick up a couple of extra skeins just in case…A couple of extra skein won’t hurt anyone. At least my stash isn’t this. Apparently it is not a shop. I have learnt a new term with this…sable (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy).

Extra inspiration has come from 25th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting. I heard David Reidy podcast about it and luckily my local Borders had a bunch of them. With 50 patterns covering all styles, it was a great buy. There are two great forum pieces with the legends and the new guard. I am tempted by a cute little Michael Kors cabled cape. Perfect after I have finished the Peter Davison jumper (and learnt to cable). See I need the Ravelry project queue! Features on great American yarn companies. One thing that annoys me, someone in the magazine used the expression ‘punk rock’. Knitting is not punk rock. Knitting can be alternative but punk rock is destructive, de-constructive and died decades ago along with Sid Vicious.

Anyway…knitting good.

A big week of stash enhancement…lucky I answer to no-one but myself on my purchases! Yay another reason to celebrate spinsterhood! Anyway my Knittery purchase arrived in the post on Friday and I am desperately trying to stop myself casting on. I must complete some UFOs before I start my first project from VLT. But it’s so pretty…Knitting Ninja has sent a lovely note and her skein is on the way too. Can’t wait.

Saw this awesome pattern today through Lime & Violet board and busting to try the Bellatrix.

Why is casting on so much fun? Is playing with the first stitches, feeling the fibre through your fingers. Seeing the colour play, the way the stitches wind and sit together. Is it the excitement of new beginnings?

Other yarn purchases on Saturday…my LYS is Clegs… damn end of financial year, damn stocktake sale. Bought some robust thick black Gusto for a chunky scarf…I wear so much black but seem to make my scarves bright but I need a proper Melbourne black scarf. And they had some new sock yarn in and earlier I noticed a top in a shop window and was loving the play between violet and yellow. I recalled reading a book about complementary colours and how violet and yellow being opposite sides of the colour spectrum and work beautifully together…so I bought two skeins of this beautiful violet, gold and bronze Grignasco Strong Print sock yarn. I can’t find a link for it on the net, surely that can’t be right!

Congrats to Lime & Violet for getting their own bricks & mortar shop. Where on earth is Omaha btw?

I have just signed up for my first KAL, Tour de France! Ooh la la tricoteuses. A former boyfriend got me into the TdF thang and SBS has great coverage. I am usually not the sporting type but something about the scenary and the bizarre tactics has sucked me in. One day I hope to be sitting by the side of the road in a small French village on race day, sipping something cold and cheering on the racers. But this year, I will knit along instead from my Melbourne lounge room in winter. Not sure what yet. Given the skeins of sock yarn flowing through my letter box at the moment, it may be socks. Voulez vous couchez avec moi…

Edit – being less hungover today, I have re-read the KAL rules and am embarking on my first lace project from VLT using my Knittery lace-weight. King of the Mountain…see attached for further info