January 29, 2003

Goodness! It’s been nearly a week since I last posted!

It’s been a ride, but it seems to be leveling out. ThreadBear is definitely becoming a full time job, and my contract web work is filling in the gaps. I’m amazed that I’m still able to work a full time office job to boot. <shudder>

My knitting has been coming along slowly, I’m afraid. I’ve gotten maybe three inches knit on the Philosopher’s Sweater. It’s fun, but it’s gotten cumbersome to transport—in part, because I’m using a sleeve as my color pattern for the body. A sleeve isn’t that big, but it doesn’t exactly fit in a #10 envelope, either. My reward/incentive for working on this project has been one of the new beaded stitch markers that we’re carrying in "the shop" made by our friend, Sarah Peasley. We became friends with Sarah a few years ago while we were living in Lansing and were members of The Mid-Michigan Knitters Guild of which Sarah was then President. She’s a great friend, an incredible knitter, and for quite some time, she’s been teaching Philosopher’s Sweater classes. For now, she’s teaching classes at The Yarn Garden in Charlotte, Michigan and in her home outside Lansing.

Ok. Now, back to me. My other recent work has been on the Asymmetrical Vest from Sally Melville’s The Knitting Experience: Book 1, The Knit Stitch. The concept is pretty slick. There isn’t a purl stitch in any of the patterns in the book (that’ll come in Book 2). I’m strongly recommending the book to new knitters for confidence-building. For now, I’m working on the Asymmetrical Vest as a shop model in a rich dark red Cascade Magnum. I love the yarn, and it’s been a while since I’ve knit anything in super bulky.

<sigh> Unfortunately, time remains of the essence. I must run, but I’ll do my level best to post more often as I settle into my busier schedule.

Oh, and thank you so much to all of you who’ve offered support and kudos on my blog. I have enjoyed this endeavor more than I thought possible when I started about a month ago. Be well, and know that your comments and compliments are deeply, deeply appreciated.

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