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    There are some projects that have just hung around too long.  This is one of them.  I started it 5 years ago, as I was driving the Alaskan Highway, a trip of 5 weeks.  I took this and a couple of other knitting projects along to work on in the evenings.  It is a sleeveless shell with a smocked bodice. When I got home, others, both people and projects, vied for my attention.  And I forgot about it.  Then it started to hang over my head.  After all this time,  I was sure that I had lost the directions.  And it just got bigger & bigger as it talked to me, "Finish me, finish, finnnisssssh."  Went looking for the directions and found them!  So, know I'll spend time figuring out where I am in the pattern and start where I left off.  Don't you just love knitting, where else in life do you get to pick up where you left off 5 years ago without penalty.  Pretty grand,  life is good.

Boucle - The word boucle comes from the French boucler, meaning to buckle, curl or bulge.  In hand spinning or yarn production it is a plied yarn that one ply loops, twists or bubbles around the other.  Often it is made out of mohair or a "mohair like" material.

Fiber word for the week: What is tarentine?  Next post, you'll know.



 
 
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    Wow!  This sweater was started the last of January and finished just a few days ago.  Love the leaf pattern yoke.  It is modified form af a Knitty.com pattern from last fall.  It sure feels good to finish things. A great sense of accomplishment. The color of the alpaca/wool yarn reminds me of copper and autumn leaves.  I guess that that is why I chose it.     
    Last Friday I dyed up some bamboo socks in bright spring colors.  Also did a rayon infinity scarf.  See what you think.  I think it will be fabulous to wear.  The fabric is very light and it moves wildly in the wind.  But it is gusty today in central Kansas, so everything moves in the wind.  The blue is about the same color as the sky.  Lovely. 


Fiber word for the week: what is boucle?  Next post you'll know.
 
 
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    We had a second go around(or could it be snow around?) this week.  I can't tell you when the last time was that we had 2 big snows this close together. Infact, one big snow a winter is about normal for south central Kansas.
    Just beautiful.  A blanket of  white, brings out the color in everything else.  The most subtle shades glow. And the brights knock your socks off.  Mr Cardinal is a streak of red.  You can imagine the flames following him across the sky.  There is something magical about a snowy day especially if you get to stay inside out of the cold. 

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    So with that said, I'm inside working on Lucy's dog sweater.  It is worked from the rump up. I am working on it as the computer uploads photos.  Tweed stitch is going great.  It looks so good in both sides, I just don't know which side is the front side.  Do dogs have opinions about such things?

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     Here is the super fine merino combed top that I dyed & spun last week.  Seed beads are plied into it.  Do you agree with me that I looks a little like small pearls on an oyster shell?  I think that it would knit or crochet into a lovely shawl.  It is a sport weight.