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unstretchedBetween the excitement of the niece and the holiday weekend, I didn't get to do much knitting. But here is my (slow, slow) progress on the ostrich plumes scarf! It doesn't look like much yet, does it? I do have pins, but they're not very accessible at the moment. I can kind of get an idea of what it will look like when I stretch it out by hand, though of course it will have to be blocked for real after all the knitting is done. I'm considering a set of blocking wires; pinning seems like a real pain!

stretchedNow, what I don't know is, how long should I make this thing? Originally, I was thinking that it would be something I'd wear with dressy work clothes, but the way the variegation is playing out, it doesn't look too dressy. So now I'm considering how to wear a lacy scarf with less dressy clothes. I never thought of myself as a person to wear accessories. It's a strange day when I wear more jewelry than my wedding ring and the stud earrings that I always forget to take out. Anyway, should it be a long scarf? A short one that I wear with a pin at my neck? A medium one that I can wrap around and let flow? If it helps any, it looks like it will be at least 14" wide after it's blocked.

In other, very cool news, I'm going to be in Ottawa on Worldwide Knit In Public Day. My plan is to take the sock and the Ninja to the Highlander, so that we can drink scotch while we knit in public! The sock is on hiatus until I actually start traveling, and is glaring at me from the corner of the desk. It looks so small and lonely. Maybe I'll give it a few rounds so it doesn't feel left out.

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Jaywalker 2Wednesday morning, 7:00 am. Leap out of bed, grab sock yarn. Drive to hospital at just over speed limit. Wake up, begin using full sentences. We stayed in the room with my sister-in-law until the pace picked up, and then were sent downstairs to wait in the lobby, where I got started on my next pair of Jaywalkers. Pirate Niece This little girl was born at 1:53 pm on May 23 - her parents' third wedding anniversary. She is 5 lbs, 11 ounces - too small for her jeans, but I'm sure she'll grow into them! I plan to visit this afternoon and give her the pants. I can't wait to see the reaction to them! And you can bet that as soon as she's old enough, I'll be teaching Pirate-Niece how to knit. She may be a little uncoordinated for it just now!

Wound-Up LaceweightThe sock is good for traveling and waiting in lobbies (or airport terminals), but this is for working on at home. 660 yards of Morehouse Merino laceweight, wound up and ready to go. This is my tenth try and I'm up to the 12th row. First Few Rows Several of the first few tries were swatches, but I did mess it up a few times before I finally settled on size 5 needles. I think I've gotten the hang of the pattern now. Although I was fairly certain of my ability to count higher than ten (twenty, if I take off my socks), now I'm not so certain. I count stitches after every pattern row... and it goes like this:

*counts* 82, DAMN.
*recounts* 81, WOOHOO!
*recounts to be sure* 82, WHAT THE--
*recounts* 81, YAY!
*recounts* Okay, three out of five... 81! YAY!

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