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Knitting WIPs:

- Dishcloth-stitch Bathmat
- JCL Dishcloths
- Periwinkle Surplice Top-Down Raglan inspired by Mom's sweater
- Anemoi Mittens (sort of on hold now that it's...warm out.)
- More Mason-Dixon Ballband Dishcloths
- Snicket Socks
- Diagonal Rib Socks
- Icarus Shawl

Recent FOs:

- JCL Dishcloths
- Jolie Socks
- Twinkle Toes Socks
- Jolie Cardigan
- Blue Toe-Up Socks
- Mason-Dixon Baby Kimono (Green/Yellow)
- Mason-Dixon Baby Kimono (Apricot)
- Purple Felted Bucket Hat
- Poppy Sweater
- Mason-Dixon Ballband Dishcloths
- Vigo Ribbed Socks
- Pansy Gloves
- Burgundy Felted Bucket Hat
- Widdershins Socks
- Starburst Sweater
- Teeny Tiny Felted Tote
- Booga Bag
- Clapomitaines
- Flacon Lace Doily
- Jaywalker Socks
- Kt's Scarf
- Felted Piano Tote Bag (x2)
- Seraphim Shawl
- Piano Swatch Purselet
- Eleanora Socks
- Well-Dressed Wheel
- Twisted Rib Socks
- Clapotis
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So I am working tonight on my translation of Eclogue 4 for Tuesday night's online Vergil class, and this is my new favorite Latin quote:

nec varios discet mentiri lana colores,
ipse sed in pratis aries iam suave rubenti
murice, iam croceo mutabit vellera luto,
sponte sua sandyx pascentis vestiet agnos.   


My translation:
Nor will the wool learn to pretend various colors; but the ram itself in the meadows will change its fleeces now with charming reddened shellfish, now with golden weld; of its own accord red dye will cloth the grazing lambs.


This is Vergil's eclogue prophesying a new golden age to mark the birth of a son and heir to Mark Antony and Octavia, a marriage arranged to cement the truce between Antony and Octavian after the civil wars following the assassination of Julius Caesar. The son turned out to be a girl and then, truce or no truce, Octavian won at Actium and Antony and his OTHER wife Cleopatra committed suicide, so I use the term "prophetic" loosely here. Of course in Christian antiquity it was thought this was actually prophesying a golden age following the birth of Jesus, for which Christians thought of Vergil as a sort of pre-Christian messianic prophet and revered him almost as much as the Bible at times, which is why he's the one who takes Dante on a tour of Hell in the Inferno...but I digress.

Anyway I was much amused by this detail of Vergil's new golden age: It will not be necessary to dye wool - making it look like something other than it really is, i.e. "mentiri - to lie" - because the sheep will grow colored wool "sua sponte" - of their own accord! And I was particularly pleased at Vergil's choice of dyes, for they are the ones I would choose were I to dye sock wool (actually, I have in my possession at this moment a Knitpicks Sock Blank and two jars of dye in these colors to do just that, once I work up the reckless abandon to actually try the dying process): purple and gold! JCL colors! "rubenti murice" means the red-purple dye made from shellfish which the Romans used for the toga picta and the purple stripe on the toga praetexta, etc. "croceo luto" means the yellow dye made from a plant called weld. Totally my colors! (As my Ravelry project pages will attest.) Oh, and also, the little lambs will be minding their own business ("pascentis" - grazing) when red dye ("sandyx") will spontaneously ("sponte sua") clothe them ("vestiet"). Red is not a JCL color but it would go nicely with them.

So this is my new favorite Latin quote, having replaced the one from Cicero (was it in the Pro Caelio?) about how untangling a complicated story of a witness in the trial was like untangling a ball of yarn. Latin authors, keep it up with the textile metaphors!

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I have a hat, in search of a name. I knit this hat for Uncle Bruce for Christmas, my own design. I wanted to try out starting a hat at the top and working down to have better control over the length of it, rather than casting on at the bottom edge, knitting up until it seemed about the right place to start shaping the crown, then working crown decreases and hoping they come out to make the hat the right length (which is what I usually do but it often results in a hat that seems too short, so I am maybe not a good judge of when it's a good time to start them...) So I knit this one from a tiny circular cast on at the crown, increasing out until it was big enough to fit round the head, then knitting straight down until it was long enough to fold up the brim. So the cables start out on just a few stitches right at the center of the crown, and as the hat grows they increase to bigger and bigger cables and finally cross over and twine with their neighbors. I made up the cables as I went but wrote it all down...and I would like to write up the pattern and post it here, only I can't think of a name for it! So here are pictures...can anyone suggest a good name for this hat?

Top Down Cable Hat (by durandir) Top Down Cable Hat (by durandir) Top Down Cable Hat (by durandir) Top Down Cable Hat (by durandir)

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So I finally got the neckband seamed on the Baby Norgi:

Baby Norgi Neckband (by durandir) Baby Norgi Neckband (by durandir)

Lovely. But as soon as it was done I noticed that...it is not a very stretchy seam. Or perhaps it was not a very stretchy bind-off. Either way, it is not a very stretchy neckband and Owen, he has a big head. By the time (Christmas-ish) that this sweater would fit him, there is no chance of his head fitting through the opening. I took it home last weekend to compare sweater to baby and this sad fact of stretchlessness was confirmed. So I'm going to have to somehow undo that neck and redo it, either with a REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY stretchy bind-off and seam (which means time for me to go learn some new ones...) or else just reknit the neckband in ribbing, which seems the better idea presently. Sigh...

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And now for KNITTING posts! Can you tell I'm on vacation now?

I just spent a little over an hour trying to finish up my Baby Norgi sweater:

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Apparently yesterday was my Ravel-versary. I was filling out a survey about Ravelry that asked how long you had been on Ravelry, and when I went to my Rav profile to check, it says member since May 21, 2007! I'm amazed it's been that long. And it's still in Beta! But the waiting list is down to just a few hundred people so that generally if you request an invite to Ravelry you'll get it within a day or so, so it's practically "gone public" anyway. Except that without requesting an invite you can't go see my profile or anything else there. If you do any knitting, crocheting, spinning, or have ever wanted to learn, you might as well get a Ravelry account and check it out. It's like a virtual crafting scrapbook that also lets you see everyone else's scrapbooks - the most useful thing for me is that you can see other people's finished projects for a pattern that you are considering, and see how they turned out and if anyone made alterations that could be useful.

So the Ravelry year has gone surprisingly quickly, and the school year is quickly coming to an end too. Two more weeks to go, including finals. I am so behind on grading...and now I have final exam essays to grade too. Seniors' grades are due next Thursday so I am going to have to prioritize and get their work graded first, then catch up with underclassmen. I've been sick for a week and a half - since last Tuesday - with a really annoying cold, and have gotten even further behind on the grading because cold medicine and objective grading of papers just do not mix. I even stayed home from school last Wednesday, and I almost never stay home sick (because it's more work to get sub plans ready for an esoteric subject like mine than it is to just show up even when miserably sick and slog through the day). I brought home grading optimistically but was in bed most of the day, too far from consciousness to even think about grading. I'm going to have to start putting more assignments on the computer next year to be automatically graded - we have classroom management web sites (Angel) now that include assessments. At least then the kids would get some timely feedback more often.

Last night was "Hit the Books" night at HSE, where teachers voluntarily (some of us) make ourselves available in the evening for students to come get help, study for the final, or work on term projects. I only had four or five kids show up but it was productive. Three of my certaminers were there at the end - none of whom really needed much extra help with Latin, of course! - and I pulled up some computer drills I have in powerpoint. These are things I have used in class at times for a drill, where it'll show a question, I call on a kid to answer, and I click to show the answer. Mostly simple things like verb transformations, changing the tense, or memory drills to recite principal parts of verbs, etc. They were REALLY into it! At the end we were doing a drill on imperfect tense and they were racing each other to shout out the answers. I am always a little surprised when I have kids having that much fun with GRAMMAR. But, well, they are certamen kids.

More to write later, time permitting - much knitting to show off, and also big news for my dad this Tuesday! But I am writing this during the study hall I supervise and the final bell is about to ring so I can go home and take more cold medicine.

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This week was spring break, and it's almost over. Sigh - back to school on Monday! I've been in Jville for the week and Mom and I have kept quite busy. I think is the first day we've been at home the whole day. Last Friday we went to the Wabash Valley Ladies' Unity Night event in Terre Haute to hear Christian comedienne, Anita Renfroe. Saturday...neither Mom nor I can remember what we did! Sunday was church, and Kt and Mike surprised everyone by showing up for the evening service with baby Owen! He was almost 5 weeks old then, and the doctor had advised them to not have him out in crowds for the first six weeks to avoid catching colds or anything. But Sunday night there aren't as many people there anyway, so they brought him and just wouldn't let anyone (even us) hold him. Everyone was happy to see him though.

We went to Kt's on Monday both to see Owen and for Kt to cut Dad's and my hair. (Very short now! Not even shoulder length! It's cute and not so hot - this is my way of saying hurry up summer! - but I don't have any pictures yet. Everything on my camera is pretty much either a baby or knitting for a baby...of which, more below.) I got some appointments in this week, too: dentist on Monday, eye doctor on Tuesday. Tuesday night I also had my usual online Sallust class...UF's spring break was a few weeks before HSE's. On Wednesday we were at Kt's again for most of the day, then they brought Owen to Wednesday night church again:

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Thursday we had a basket class at church, where we made nice BIG baskets:

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Plenty big to hold the yarn that no longer fits in my cedar chest with the rest of it...

Basketweaving is hard work...we were at church about 5 hours making them (and just stained them - with coffee! - today) and the next day my shoulders were (and still are, a little) sore from pushing so hard to pack the reeds together without leaving gaps.

Friday, we went to Kt's again and this time I remembered to do what I'd been meaning to on Wednesday: We dressed Owen up in some of the things I've knit for him so I could get pictures!

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And today - we are actually at home and trying to catch up on things I meant to get done this week except for us being gone so much. Mom and I did some grading last night and some more today (ugh) and watched Monk and Mom sewed the reinforcement lines on Owen's Baby Norgi sweater so that I can cut my first ever steeks:
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Now I just have to cut down the basted line, seam the shoulders, sew in the sleeves, then knit the neckband and sew down all the hems and weave in the ends...Sounds like a lot, but except for the neckband, all the knitting is done and it's just finishing now. A lot of finishing. Normally baby knits are fast projects but this one was on size 0 and 1 needles. It's like knitting a sock big enough to fit over a toddler's head.

Owen's not the only baby I've been knitting for this week. My school's new German teacher (the "old" or I should perhaps say "outgoing" German teacher is retiring after this year; she cut back to part time this year and is only teaching the advanced classes, while they hired the new German teacher to take the other classes and then the whole program next year...) is having a baby girl in May and we're having a shower for her in our department meeting next Thursday. So I've made:

A Sun Hat [on Ravelry]:
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Not much to see yet. It's based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl pattern/recipe in Knitter's Almanac. But the book is in Indy and I'm not, so it's based on what I remember about the pattern. Hopefully I remembered right! :-D Actually I think it's coming out just fine, but I won't know for sure until I get it off that short circular needle and blocked out in full.

Other recently finished knitting:

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And I'm still working, on and off on the Scheherazade Shawl, Bayerische Socks, and Simple Knitted Bodice. (Links all go to Ravelry project pages, which you won't be able to see if you're not on Ravelry as it's still in beta, but someday they'll be publicly viewable. In the meantime, if you knit, crochet, or spin at all, you ought to be on Ravelry anyway. It's SO useful. My primary use: If I want to make a pattern I can look it up in Ravelry to see who else has made it, what yarns they used, how it turned out on them (especially knitters whose body type is more like mine than the models' might have been...), any problems or errata in the pattern, etc. And then I can follow links to see what other patterns look good in that yarn, or what other cool things that knitter has made, etc. etc...Very handy. And the forums are fun. :-)

One last set of Owen pictures, because of course I didn't have the camera out only when he was in my handknits! And he is one cute little 1-month-old.

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On a happier note than the last post...I finished something!

AU-Cord Knitted Necklace [raveled]
AU-Cord Wire Knit Necklace 001

It's an I-cord (thus the project name!) which is just a 3-stitch knitted cord...the three stitches go around and around in a spiral, basically. It's made from gold jewelry wire. Then every few rows I put in a seed beed. That's all! Ta-da! Didn't take long to make, except that I couldn't do much of it at a time - wire knitting is harder on the hands than yarn. I'm happy with the finished product though. It's light and comfortable to wear and quite pretty. I started it just before Christmas but have only worked on it at Jville, since it was Mom's jewelry wire I used. ;-) Might have to make some more of these for gifts now. And buy my own jewelry wire.

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I might manage to post more later, but for now I just have a new pattern to share. I knit some hats for last-minute Christmas gifts, and after playing around in the first couple of hats with some cables and some bias patterns, I ended up with this rather nifty hat that combines both techniques. You have an easy 6-stitch cable that goes up the hat at an angle, created by using increases and decreases to make bias panels. I made two of them in Mizzou colors for my cousins, but it would look good in a single color too - probably also in variegated yarn, since it is a fairly simple cable, but I haven't tried that. Mabe it would look too busy in that many colors.

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Um, so I last posted more than a month ago. At least when the semester's really busy and I'm overloaded with lesson planning for so many preps and traveling during my prep period (let's not even mention how far behind I am on grading)...at least it seems to be going FAST. :-) More than a quarter of the school year is over. (And my Latin 1 class is only up to lesson SEVEN in the textbook. I need to rearrange some lesson plans to get them a bit further; we're supposed to be...um...to lesson fourteen or so by the end of the semester...eep.)

I have been knitting, though. So I'll post about that. (If you're on Ravelry, I do at least keep that up-to-date more than I blog about anything else.)

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Periwinkle Surplice: FO!
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Yay! My sweater is done! Totally off the needles, ends woven in, and wearable! Perhaps I will wear it to the school knit & crochet club on Tuesday and show off. :-)

Yes, I forgot to talk about that. FHS has started a knit & crochet club - for teachers, not students - that meets after school on Tuesdays. So far only three of us have shown up, two of whom are the group organizers, so I guess it's a good thing I'm going too or else it would just be the two of them. It sounds like there have been some other teachers interested but they haven't been able to make it to a meeting yet. No excuses! I rush out of HSE after my 7th period class to beat the bus traffic and drive back to FHS for this club, so I think anyone who really wants to make it can figure out a way. ;-) The other two teachers who have been coming are both working on crochet afghans right now but have been learning to knit too. They both had learned previously and done some projects but are more comfortable with crochet. They were intrigued by how I knit - continental style, a.k.a. "picking," holding the yarn tail in my left hand instead of wrapping it around the needle with my right, which is how they (and most Americans) had learned. So I've been showing them how to knit continental and they are giving it a try.

So far I've only worked on my Scheherazade shawl at the club, as it's more portable than sweaters, but I mentioned I was knitting this sweater at home so I will have to either bring it in and show it to them or wear it on Tuesday, if it isn't too hot. The neckline is so low I don't care to wear it without a shirt under it - also because that boucle yarn knits up so loosely, up close the fabric isn't quite opaque enough for wearing alone!

I considered knitting a cable border on the neckline but instead, to match the sleeves & hem, I just knit a K2P2 ribbing edging. I had to undo the first one and try it again as I bound off too tightly the first time, then when I tried to undo it just enough to bind off again, I couldn't get this boucle yarn to unravel without taking out the whole edging! Sigh. Anyway, the second try came out more evenly and I did the bindoff with a crochet hook (working a chain stitch after every bound-off knit stitch to let it stretch a little more) so it was worth redoing.

More details on this project:

This was my first attempt at designing a sweater. I followed the guidelines in "Knitting from the Top Down" by the amazing Barbara Walker, and picked up hints also from looking at patterns in Stefanie Japel's "Fitted Knits" and other top-down sweater books. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lack of seaming in a sweater constructed in this way! All I had were a half dozen or so ends to weave in, so it's practically instantly wearable.

Gauge with this ripply boucle-style yarn (Knitpicks' "Crayon" in color "Periwinkle"; this sweater used up just under 6 skeins) was tricky, however. As in, I couldn't see individual stitches clearly enough in my swatches to get a definite count! And then I couldn't keep my gauge very consistent anyway because of the irregularities of the yarn. So I ended up with a sweater rather larger than it really needs to be. I did take it off the needles w/stitches on scrap yarn occasionally to try on and check the fit, and realized it was turning out large, but as this is the first time I've tried a top-down sweater I was hesitant to fuss with it too much - essentially this was just supposed to be a learning piece so I could familiarize myself with the construction style, as I'd like to make more sweaters this way (currently thinking about a top-down raglan cardigan for my mom...). Also, it's kind of nice that it has some shaping - with the surplice neckline and ribbed torso - but yet isn't so clingy as to be uncomfortable. It fits nicely, just a little on the loose side. And hey - it's cotton. No, I did not wash my swatches to check shrinkage :-) , but over time I imagine it's likely to get a bit smaller anyway. So then it will be just perfect.

For anyone who's on Ravelry, full details on the sweater are at:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/magistra/classic-raglan-pullover-and-classic-raglan-cardigan
More pictures of the sweater are there, and also on Flickr (click on this picture to get to the others).

And finally, isn't Pogo just the best sweater modelling helper ever? :-) She has been in FO pictures for all my knit sweaters so far - this one, Starburst, Jolie, and Poppy. No - wait, not Poppy. But Pogo helped with all the rest.

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Periwinkle Surplice Top
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My sweater now has two matching sleeves! It's a little too big on me, but...it's cotton. Shrinkage must be allowed for, right? And shrinkage can always be arranged if it is not immediately forthcoming. :-) Anyway, it's very comfortable! Nice soft pima cotton, though the boucle yarn is not my favorite thing to work with. (Knitpicks Crayon in the color Periwinkle - I love how soft the pima cotton is, but I never can get a good consistent gauge with any kind of boucle.) It's almost done, except that I cast on too many stitches at the neck to start with (have had trouble even checking my gauge on this project, due to the boucle yarn making it hard to count stitches accurately), so it's looser on the shoulders than I want. So I'm going to pick up stitches around the neckline and knit a border of some kind. Maybe a cable? Or just a ribbed band to match the ribbed sleeves and waist?

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I've been casting on some new projects - and finishing off some old ones - so I'll have plenty of portable projects to take to National Convention next week. First, the finished objects:

Green Ballband Dishcloths
Green Dishcloths
Not a photo - I threw them on Mom & Dad's scanner when I was home this week. :-) Interesting how knits look on a scanner. Very true to life, but a little washed-out. Anyway, yet another pair of washcloths, this time in lovely green shades. They'll end up being a gift - I thought about gifting them in the "Christmas in July" gift exchange we had at church last Sunday, but that was supposed to be more of gag gifts and even a knit as simple as a dishcloth is not really gag-gift material. After all, there are many many faculty meetings and hallway supervisions knitted into these dishcloths...

(Also: Technically, not really a FO yet. I haven't woven in the ends. Maybe I'll do that before I give them to anyone!)

Pistachio Gelato Socks
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I finished the second Gelato sock and freed up the sock needles for something new. More on that below. Anyway, they fit well (though feel a little weird with the arch shaping, something I'm not used to) and I managed to get the stripes to almost exactly match up. (Yay!) I finished the second sock during the Indiana State Textbook Adoption reviewers' meeting last Friday - all but kitchenering the toe. I had a needle there but ran out of time, so that got done later last weekend.

Icarus Shawl

When last we visited this, my second lace shawl, it was looking very ruffly and in urgent need of blocking. So I blocked it Saturday, the day I left Indy for Jville, thinking it would be able to dry for a few days while pinned out on my bed at a time when I clearly would not be needing the bed. I soaked it half an hour in a Eucalan bath (mmmm, lavender scented Eucalan!),
Icarus after soaking
broke open my new blocking wires set (bought with the Knitpicks gift certificate that Kt and Mike gave me for Christmas! Thanks guys!), threaded the wires through the edges (much quicker than pinning out every point),
Icarus blocking
and pinned the blocking wires in place.
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About a half hour later I went to check on it and it already seemed dry, so, thinking it had dried out too much while I was getting it pinned in place and would not be damp enough to dry into the blocked shape, I got out the spray bottle and wet it down again. Went to run errands, came back in a couple of hours, and it was as dry as could be! So, well, laceweight baby alpaca dries/blocks REALLY REALLY FAST, I guess. I unpinned it and took it to Jville with me, where it held its blocked shape beautifully until Mom could help me with the photo shoot:

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So that's a set of lace needles also freed up. But not for long - more on that below!

I also made some progress on my Bricklayer Bathmat:
Bricklayer Bathmat after first brick round
It still needs to be bigger. I'm thinking a garter stitch round of log cabining, maybe in all three colors like the center part is, or maybe just grey to balance out the other two colors that I used in the brick pattern of the last round. Anyone have suggestions?

Now for the new projects!

Dream Swatch Headwrap
Dream Swatch Headband
I cast on for a headscarf in Knitpicks Shine Sport (color: Crocus), a very nice cotton/modal blend - soft and easy to work with, with a bit of a sheen, and not too heavy/hot for summer, so it'll make a nice headband. This is a pattern that looks awesome in variegated yarns though, so I'm wishing a little that I hadn't used a solid color for it. But it's still pretty.

Scheherazade Shawl
Scheherazade Shawl Scheherazade Shawl
I came back from Italy and caught up on reading knitting blogs too late to get in on this year's Mystery Stole 3, which is too bad because it is looking like a very pretty shawl so far. So instead I bought last year's MS2 pattern, the Scheherazade Stole, and am knitting that with the Knitpicks Shadow merino laceweight that I've had for a while, since I have 3 skeins of that yarn and the Knitpicks shawl pattern I bought to use with it turns out to need more like 5 skeins (the pattern calls for 2, but on Ravelry people have noted that that's WAY too little for it...). Scheherazade is a nice substitute though! I've got about 20 rows done and am enjoying it so far. The merino yarn is a little less soft than the alpaca (Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud) that I used for Icarus, but not bad to work with. Very pretty color too!

Included with the Scheherazade pattern is a pattern for Storyteller Socks; so I'm going to take along some Lorna's Laces sock yarn and make that my backup knit project for the convention trip. Haven't cast on yet, so pictures will have to wait!

Now, as for other crafts...well first, today or tomorrow I have to cut out 100 Elvis-style sideburns out of this fun fur fabric:
Purple fun fur
Which will then be attached to 50 Burger King crowns for the Indiana kids to wear at convention for the spirit theme: "JCElvis: the 8th king of Rome." We always come up with the weirdest costume ideas for the spirit competitions...

And finally - see the pretty beaded stitch marker up there in my Scheherazade shawl? I picked up some beads and things at Meijer and Joann's last week and started making my own stitch markers! Fortunately beading is not quite as addictive as knitting. Unfortunately, I forget that when I am at Joann's looking at all the pretty beads...*heh* So I have quite a lot of beads to go through now. These are what I've made so far:

Row counter stitch marker Stitch markers - purple and gold Stitch markers - purple and bronze Stitch markers - Blue and white
The extra long one, used for counting pattern rows, is from a tutorial here. I already have more stitch markers than I can use at one time - I've bought some pretty ones on Etsy - but, hey, they're fun to make and look at. :-) Maybe I'll have to sell some on Etsy if I start making too many.

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So, prophetkristy...ravenpan...greyrider...and all other crafty types, you might be interested: Ravelry has a new Groups feature, and there's now a WhedoKnitters and Crocheters group there. With a gallery of Jayne Hats. :-)

(For now all those links just take you to the Ravelry sign-in page, I think...But I'm putting them in now anyway, because eventually when the site is out of beta and open to the public, they will take you straight to those features. If you have a Ravelry account and are logged in, they'll take you straight to those features now. There's still a waiting list for Ravelry sign-ups at present, but they are still adding people from it every day...and have a new page where you can check to see your spot in line. *G* The spot-checking page amuses me disproportionately.)

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So I got a box in the mail today and it turns out that two of the patterns I submitted for the Knitting Pattern-a-Day 2008 calendar were accepted! (The way I found this out was, naturally, by getting the calendar itself in the mail and going through to see all the patterns. I never had a confirmation email or anything like that...But hey! Published patterns!) February 1, 2008 is the Whimsy Kerchief and March 12, 2008 is the Harriet Kerchief. Same patterns I already have up on the blog here, but hey! In print! On very smelly paper in a calendar! And I got a free calendar out of it. Pretty spiffy. I guess I should submit the Piano Tote Bag and Well-Dressed Wheel for the next calendar...Actually, if you have any knitting or crochet patterns you've made up, you might as well submit them too. Some of the things in the calendar are pretty simple...striped scarves and things like that...so even if it's a very simple pattern, send it in!

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Because it is summer and I am tired of moving about and not eager to contemplate the next bit of travelling scheduled for this vacation, I will wait to post any travelogues from Italy and will first post the knitting update. :-)

(In the meantime though, there are Italy pictures up on Imagestation - 1481 of them. Or a more select album at Flickr. And my videos are at Youtube.)

Travel Socks
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Blatant imitation of the Yarn Harlot, yep! I started knitting a sock in the Indianapolis airport when we left for Italy and worked on it now and then during the trip (mostly on airplanes, but I did end up receiving a "Most likely to knit standing up in 90 degrees weather" award at the end of the trip... :-) I think that was for knitting while waiting in line at Ostia). It posed with various interesting sights as well. I finished the first sock after we got back from Italy - in fact, on my very next trip, to Nashville, TN for the ACL Institute. I started the second sock there as well but have since been sidetracked. The yarn is kind of scratchy and prone to splitting so it's not a project I'm dying to work on anyway...more of a back-up option for when I run out of yarn on something else or otherwise have no other knitting projects available. Which happens oftener than you think, especially when one is driving all over the country as I've been this month. Or so it seems. Here's the travel sock, which, in honor of its Italian voyage, and its lovely greeny colors, I have dubbed the Pistachio Gelato sock:



Icarus
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I've been working on this shawl since last September. After we got back from Italy, I took it with me to ACL Institute - but, not thinking I'd get much time to knit, I only took the ball of yarn that I was currently working with and didn't wind my last skein of it into an extra ball to take along. So of course I got hours and hours of knitting done while sitting in workshops and plenary sessions, and used up all the yarn I had brought. After I got back from ACL I had only a few days at home before taking off again, this time to the state certamen teams practice, a three-day overnight event. I finished the knitting on Icarus there, just last Saturday. Now all I have left to do is the blocking. For the moment it looks exceptionally ruffly because all the lace patterns contract the fabric until they're blocked out:

Icarus ready to block Icarus edging unblocked


Mom's Sweater
on ravelry

I've been planning for a while to knit a pink raglan cardigan for Mom. I've finally started swatching for it with Elann Endless Summer Luna in Shimmering Cerise. It's cotton/viscose and very pretty - a little glitzy, which, along with the hot pink, is All Mom.

So, I tried out needle sizes. (US4 seems just fine. I also tried 3 and 2 but didn't get much difference in stitch count, and honestly, I don't want to knit any sweaters on size 2 needles! I knit socks on size 2 needles!)
Hot pink swatch

Then I tried out stitch patterns. (Mom and I both like the Star Stitch on the right best, but I tried out the Butterfly Lace on the left too because it was just so pretty. Maybe I'll use it on something else sometime, but not on this cardigan.)
Sweater swatch

Then today Hobby Lobby had a sale on beads so we bought some different colors to try and I continued the Pink Swatch with my first ever beaded knitting, yay!
Bead swatch
Colors are not quite right in this picture; the yarn is really a very bright hot pink (again, All Mom!) and the row of reddish pink beads in the very center of the bead swatching just very nearly blends right into the yarn color. It's subtle - until the glass beads catch the light you hardly notice them. Mom also likes the pinkish pearl beads near the top of the swatch. My current plan is to use this star stitch pattern for an edging at collar, cuffs, and maybe hem (Mom's not sure she wants anything at the waistline, so maybe I'll just do a turned hem there), and to fill it in with the dark pink beads, but with the pale pink/pearl beads in one row at the start and finish of the star stitch sections.

This whole swatch has been my knitting this weekend in Jville. (After the certamen practice, which was on the west side of Indy, I drove on home to Jville for the weekend and a few more days this week - then on Friday I have to be in Indy again for the committee meeting for textbook reviewers. Then, a week from next Saturday, we leave for the NJCL convention. Since I'm spending much time this week in preparing my evaluations for the textbook review meeting, it seems that next week is the only really truly unoccupied, unclaimed week I have this summer. Although I'm not quite sure what I'm doing after convention. Probably planning French lessons, and revising my Latin 2 & 3 curricula to work as a combined class! School starts too soon - August 15. I so need another summer vacation on top of the one I'm getting. And that sums up why I'm not too eager to post anything about the trip to Italy quite yet; I still haven't quite recovered from that and all the subsequent trips, nor am I at all ready for the next trip coming up.) Hopefully soon I'll get a pattern figured out (I plan to do it raglan top-down, and either base it on one of the patterns in Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits or maybe just follow the guidelines in Knitting from the Top Down by Barbara Walker, even though I haven't yet finished knitting my first top-down raglan - the Periwinkle Surplice Top - based on those instructions. I think I can manage to work out how to do a cardigan from that book, too.

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Snicket Socks
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I've been knitting so much tonight my elbows are sore. I.e., the Snicket socks are finished. :-) I'll take them on the trip tomorrow and hope they hold up well to lots of touring! Click on the picture to see it and more sock shots at Flickr.

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KttB Today: 2 Kings 9-25: Completed!

KttB Progress Meter:
OT: Genesis | Exodus | Leviticus | Numbers | Deuteronomy | Joshua | Judges | Ruth | 1 Samuel | 2 Samuel | 1 Kings | 2 Kings | 1 Chronicles | 2 Chronicles | Ezra | Nehemiah | Esther | Job | Psalms | Proverbs | Ecclesiastes | Song of Songs | Isaiah | Jeremiah | Lamentations | Ezekiel | Daniel | Hosea | Joel | Amos | Obadiah | Jonah | Micah | Nahum | Habakkuk | Zephaniah | Haggai | Zechariah | Malachi
NT: Matthew | Mark | Luke | John | Acts | Romans | 1 Corinthians | 2 Corinthians | Galatians | Ephesians | Philippians | Colossians | 1 Thessalonians | 2 Thessalonians | 1 Timothy | 2 Timothy | Titus | Philemon | Hebrews | James | 1 Peter | 2 Peter | 1 John | 2 John | 3 John | Jude | Revelation


2 Kings is like Israel's Dark Ages, with all those kings who "did evil in the sight of the Lord"...How one cheers when Joash, and Hezekiah, and Josiah come up in the roster! Finally someone does something about those perennial high places! And how telling it is when Josiah is having the temple repaired and the reason for these dark ages becomes apparent...they'd lost track of the Law. I can identify. I put off my Bible reading - whether with or without knitting - for any length of time and gradually, a personal Dark Ages ensues. But I am all too human and no matter how many times I return to the Word, inevitably there comes a time when I get busy again and start putting it off. I wonder if I will ever learn better...because I certainly know better, but I still sometimes fail to "do right in the sight of the Lord."

Now for the socks. I am somewhat surprised that I knit for that long - 17 chapters! But I got to the end of the gusset:

Snicket Sock

Will I finish the foot tonight? I estimate about 40 rows left to knit in the foot, then I start the toe. It might get finished. But first I have to go run errands...

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KttB Today: 2 Kings 1-8. Elijah and Elisha are just so Jedi-like sometimes. Actually, in all seriousness, what interested me in these passages today was not just how frequently they worked miracles or how, well, casually - I mean, they seem to take it as a matter of course that God will do what they ask, which is probably why he does, at least on certain levels - but that it's not always a case of the man of God praying for a miracle and one occurring. Only a couple of the miracles are described that way (this being a very informal count based on the fact that I was listening to a whole bunch of them in a couple of sittings, so maybe it's more than the impression I was getting, though). For most of them, there's some actual, tangible, physical action connected with the answer to prayer. A borrowed axehead sinks: Elisha throws a stick in after it and it floats. People accidentally throw some poisonous plants in with the stew they're making: Elisha throws in some meal after it and the stew is safe as can be.

Of course, Jesus made mud from spit and dirt and put it on a blind man's eyes to make him see. So it's not just these Old Testament prophets. There's also the apostles praying over cloths to be taken and laid on those who were sick but that the apostles couldn't come to them to lay hands on them directly. What is this thing with physical objects or actions used in the working of miracles? I never really noticed it before, but Elijah and Elisha work that way so often it's starting to look like, well, magic. As if the stick thrown in the water or the mud on the eyes are meant for the onlookers to think that those items cause the miracle, or channel it or something. Like if you just knew the right kind of stick or the right spell to say with the meal, you could work that miracle too. But that would be a false impression, because whatever the ceremony attending the miracle, it was God who made it happen. Why the sticks and meal and mud, then? Why not just pray or lay hands on the sick? Sometimes God does work that way, though, merely through prayer. And I guess these stories are in the Bible just to let us know that sometimes he sees fit to use things in the process. Mysterious ways, indeed.

Anyway, I finished the Diagonal Rib Socks today! [This project on Ravelry - for anyone who's already got an account there]

Diagonal Rib Socks Diagonal Rib Socks
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A good thing, because now I can pack them for Italy. Will I get the blue Snicket Socks done too? I've got tonight and tomorrow yet to work on them...I might manage it!

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KttB Today: 1 Kings 13-22: Completed!
KttB Progress Meter:
OT: Genesis | Exodus | Leviticus | Numbers | Deuteronomy | Joshua | Judges | Ruth | 1 Samuel | 2 Samuel | 1 Kings | 2 Kings | 1 Chronicles | 2 Chronicles | Ezra | Nehemiah | Esther | Job | Psalms | Proverbs | Ecclesiastes | Song of Songs | Isaiah | Jeremiah | Lamentations | Ezekiel | Daniel | Hosea | Joel | Amos | Obadiah | Jonah | Micah | Nahum | Habakkuk | Zephaniah | Haggai | Zechariah | Malachi
NT: Matthew | Mark | Luke | John | Acts | Romans | 1 Corinthians | 2 Corinthians | Galatians | Ephesians | Philippians | Colossians | 1 Thessalonians | 2 Thessalonians | 1 Timothy | 2 Timothy | Titus | Philemon | Hebrews | James | 1 Peter | 2 Peter | 1 John | 2 John | 3 John | Jude | Revelation


I must say, 1 Kings does not do much to inspire a confidence in the system of monarchy. But hey! Elijah and Ahab and Jezebel make for some very dramatic stories.

So today was my last day of school, finally! It would have been Friday but we had to make up a snow day. (We already used the flex days built into the school calendar, but had one snow day too many for them.) This was the teacher record day; students were done on Friday. So I had to finish up my grades, turn in final exams and gradebooks, etc etc etc, to check out for the summer. Since I attended graduation I was free to leave by noon instead of having to work until 3. EXCEPT that I had to do the check out process at both schools! So when I got to FHS to check out there, I found I was just in time for that school's end-of-year cookout, which involved the administrators cooking for the teachers followed by presentation of awards. Free food: Good. Having to wait until the program was over before I could get the last signatures I needed for turning in my grades and things at THAT building: Not so good. So I didn't get out as early as I wanted, but still not too bad. And now I am free for the summer, except of course that this summer, like most of my summers, does not have much breathing space left. Thursday we are heading to Italy. When we get back from that, there's the American Classical League Institute, this year in Nashville, TN. Then I have a couple of weeks which shall be devoted to (A) reviewing Latin textbooks for the state adoption list since I signed up to do that out of sheer curiosity, and (B) immersing myself in French and studying the details of the French I curriculum at FHS, since I am teaching French I in addition to Latin 1-3 there next year. Yep. My schedule:

Per. 1: Latin 2 & 3 combined, at FHS - the HSE students will shuttle over for per. 1 and back to HSE for per. 2. I am not sure about class size. I keep having some kids say they had to drop Latin because of the shuttling, others seem to have added it. I know I have 3 from HSE signed up for Latin 2 as yet because that was the period in which I had their schedules for next year to hand out. I think there were 3 from HSE signed up for Latin 2 when they first gave me my numbers a few weeks back, but since then two or three kids have said they're changing their schedules to take it. YAY! They are all kids I'll be glad to have back, too. Then at FHS, I should have 3 or 4 returning for Latin 3 - so not a huge class there, at most it looks like 10 or 11, but probably will be more like 7 or so - and initially they told me 11 signing up for Latin 2, but I am not sure it is really that many. So at most, maybe 14. That's not TOO bad for combined classes, I suppose. I will have to work out a juggling system for teaching them both in the same period, though. My French 3 class in high school was combined with German 3 and somehow it worked. Of course there were only some 4 or 5 in each class in that situation...that worked better than my 25-ish probably will!
Per 2: Latin 1 at FHS. I'm just glad the Latin 1 classes have remained uncombined! I don't know how many kids I'm supposed to have in this class, but I assume it's at least 10 or they would have combined it with something else.
Per 3 & 4: two sections of French 1 at FHS. Tant pis.
Per 5: They call it my prep period but what it really is, is when I travel to HSE. Which means I don't really have a good time during the day for prep. Travel prep never gives me a long enough block of time to do any serious planning or grade any big tests. Some things, I just have to have plenty of time to sit down and complete the whole task in one sitting, and travel preps only are long enough for SMALL tasks. So I guess I'll be putting in a lot of after-school hours again. That's one of the things I like least about traveling.
Per 6: Latin 1 at HSE.
Per 7: Etymology at HSE, but first semester only. I suppose I'll probably have a study hall that period in second semester like I did this year, but it just has a blank space right now on my schedule. Presumably too few students requested Etymology to divide them into two classes, same as happened this year. Fine by me. The study hall may make up for my preplessness at least for one semester. It was useful this semester, at least, though the fact that, by the time all the kids in my study hall who wanted to be teacher's aides instead had transferred out, I was left with only 6 kids in my study hall and they were pretty well-behaved. I may not be so lucky again. Actually, I don't think it is POSSIBLE for my to have such an ideal study hall situation again! That was just a freak of scheduling, I'm convinced. Anyway, as long as the study hall kids behave themselves sufficiently that I don't have to patrol the aisles constantly, I can get a lot of work done in a study hall even though I can't leave the room to run any errands - which means I have to do the errands during 5th period prep, AT BOTH SCHOOLS, which is why my prep will never be long enough to get any real work done.


Oh yeah. This is supposed to be KNITTING through the Bible, isn't it? Yes, I did knit through ten chapters of 1 Kings tonight. Now that school's out, I brought home all my hall duty knitting projects. The Diagonal Rib Socks that I've been working on at HSE are near enough completion that I'm hoping to get the second finished and take the pair to Italy this week. During the end-of-year faculty meetings today, I picked up stitches around the heel flap and worked most of the gusset decreases. I finished the gusset at home tonight and am now making progress on the foot. Like so:

Diagonal Rib Socks

The first sock is kind of tight but at least that means it won't slouch. :-) It's not blood-flow-constricting tight or anything, just very, very fitted. That's one of the advantages of hand-knit socks! They can fit me exactly if I take care to measure things right. This one could have a bit more breathing space, but I think it's fine. Part of the reason it's so tight is that I worked the twisted stitches for the diagonal rib pattern more firmly than I probably needed to while I was getting used to them. On the second sock I've been able to loosen up on them, so I think it's going to be somewhat more comfortable. I'm pretty sure I can finish it this week.

Then there's the Snicket Socks. I finished the first in Jville on Friday and got several inches done on the second. I'd love to also finish these to take to Italy, but...maybe or maybe not. Here's the first sock finished:

Snicket Sock
More here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/durandir/tags/snicketsocks/

I've also been working on the Icarus Shawl again. Finally I got to the end of all those repeats of Chart 1 (the relatively boring part with all too regular eyelet columns...) and started on Chart 2 either last weekend or one before that. This weekend I reached Chart 3! So the fancy part with the feather-shaped lace pattern is growing steadily. It takes me maybe 20 minutes to work one row at this point; every other row you increase 4 stitches so each row takes just a little longer to knit. I would love to have this one finished in time to take to Italy, but that's not the least bit realistic! So I'm taking my first lace shawl, Seraphim, instead. For warmth on the airplane and modesty in the churches (and sometimes warmth in the churches too...).

Icarus after Chart 2 Icarus Chart 2 Icarus

So I have a couple more days to finish up those socks and run various errands so I can finish packing for Italy. I wish school hadn't ended so late in June; a little more free time before the trip starts would come in handy. Must start thinking touristy thoughts, ASAP!

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Did you know you can knit with marzipan? (*G*) Yum!

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