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so-called scarf 1 Just in time for the warm weather (it's 75 degrees F outside right now), it's my So-Called Scarf! Made of almost three skeins of Manos del Uruguay in colorway 101 (jungle), it measures out to be 70 inches long and almost 6 inches wide, unblocked. There's a little extra yarn left over, which I'll use as the contrast color on a hat. I have some tan Manos left over from another project for the main hat color.

so-called scarf 2 The scarf took just over two months to knit, though I mainly worked on it at Stitch 'n Bitches or at friends' houses. It was a great mindless knitting project - more complex than plain stockinette or garter stitch, but still simple enough that I could knit and hold a conversation at the same time. I love that it doesn't look like standard knitting, too.

I had to sharpen the images up a little so that the stitches showed well, but it seems to be a fairly accurate color representation. Of course, your monitor may vary. Hmmm... looks like I need a haircut soon.

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What a great time I had tonight at the SnB! There were less people than last time; I think the area is still recovering from the major storms we had last weekend. I've been hearing horror stories of flooding and downed trees. Fortunately, my neighborhood seems to have been spared from the worst of the damage. We had the lashing rain and high winds, but we didn't even lose power - that's a first for a major storm in the four years that we've lived here.

Progress on the so-called scarf: I finished the second ball of yarn and went on to the third and final ball, putting about five inches on. It will eventually be six feet long, which I think is the perfect length for a scarf. I also shared the pattern with a woman who was joining us for the first time, and showed her the trick of purling into two stitches, then the first one again, for the WS of the scarf. She mentioned that she used to belong to a needlecrafts club when she lived in India, and next time is going to bring some of the publications and brochures that they used to hand out there. I'm really looking forward to seeing them! I hope she will let me borrow one if I like the pattern.

Then the organizer of the group said something very dangerous(1) to me: "Are you going to go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival?" So now, of course, I am. Even though I already have enough yarn to keep me occupied for a year. Even though I'm supposed to be watching my wallet. Even though -- oh, who am I kidding, it's going to be awesome!

Right now each of us brings her own project to work on(2), but we are considering starting a project to make blankets for charity. We would all knit squares of the same size, and some lucky volunteer would seam them all together. Then we would donate the blankets to a shelter or a hospital. I really like the idea! We also talked about meeting more often than twice a month, and I think we're going to make the move to every Wednesday. That will be great!

(1) I am beginning to notice that there are many such dangerous sentences in this hobby. "Sock yarn almost doesn't count as stash." "Are you going to the Sheep and Wool Festival." How can such an innocent, feminine pastime be so dangerous?

(2) We have no men in our SnB. It was one of tonight's conversational topics - would a man join a knitting group, or is knitting too slow for most men?

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I found a local Stitch 'n Bitch through Meetup, and tonight I went for the second time. It's a relatively new group, but it has a lot of potential. We had about a dozen people there, both two weeks ago and tonight. Ages ranged from high school to grandmother, and the skill range was from total beginner to wow, look at that lace! I'm excited to be able to knit with other people once in a while, instead of sitting at my computer and occasionally typing to a friend with one finger while holding the ends of DPNs in my mouth.

[friend] hey, what's goin' on tonight?
[me] am knitting. cant type. bbl.

Either the conversation goes slowly, or the knitting does.

The So-Called Scarf is now five or six inches longer. I'm at the end of the second ball of yarn, which means I'm two-thirds done... and now, of course, the scarf is totally out of season. I'm working with Manos del Uruguay in a dark green, which I bought in cold, snowy Ottawa in cold, snowy February. Although we are supposed to get snow showers here on Friday night, I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to finish the scarf in time for Saturday. I will just have to keep working on it and have it ready for next winter.

Pomatomus 2 Pomatomus is progressing, slowly but surely. I'm almost done with the second pattern repeat. These are the most complicated socks I've ever done, and I'm loving how they are coming out! The Plymouth Sockotta (color 14) is not as bad to work with as I had thought. I'm not generally fond of cotton, but this does have a part wool content... and they are going to be summer socks. I can't decide if I'm going to make them taller than the pattern calls for. I do have twice as much yarn as necessary, so I could theoretically make them pretty tall socks. Pomatomus1 They're stretchy enough that I wouldn't need calf shaping, I don't think. Here's a more artsy shot which shows how awesome the yarn is. I think the color is just perfect for the pattern, and I love the white mixed with the color. It hasn't pooled at all yet, but I'm wondering if I won't get a little on the foot. Time will tell!

The third WIP on the needles is Blu, from the Winter 2005 issue of Knitty. I'm into the seat shaping of the first leg, and haven't got any pictures yet. I picked up some Sugar 'n Cream in a horrific orange color for the seams, but I'm a whole leg away from that point. The baby - my niece! - is not due for another six weeks, so I have some time left.

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