suddenly it’s spring

The preview of projects for Interweave’s Spring Issue is up HERE!

Hard to tell from the teeny photos, but it looks like a good issue. And definitely a kick in the butt for me to get my submissions for them together!

Ah, the weekend. I don’t think I’ve appreciated it in the past nearly as much as I do now – last term I had one extra day off during the week, and I was also only taking three classes! This term I’m in school for twice as many hours, and I don’t have a day off, so four days of classes one day of work (don’t laugh, I’m not used to a five-day week!). And I’m also teaching after school on Fridays. All this means – one tired laura.

So. No pictures today, even though I did take them. Too much work to download, resize, upload, code. Must get to writing a paper. But I do have things to share:

– I finished the knitting of Lady Eleanor! I wove in the ends and crocheted along the short sides today, and gave ‘er a long soak in Eucalan in the machine. Softness factor aside, I wanted the excess dye to come off! I’ve been battling black hands while working on it. I haven’t done the fringe yet (I didn’t want it to get caught in the machine!) but I’ve decided to go with the fringe in the book. Shorter.

– I just cast off the back piece of the cotton raglan…hmm, since I’m not doing it out of cotton, how about the organic raglan? The piece looks so big, but measurements-wise it’s just fine. I used *exactly* two skeins to do the back. I’d rather cast on for a sleeve next (rather than the front) but since I’m going to have to dip into another dyelot, I’ll wait for that lot to come in and do both of the sleeves out of it.

– The blue top-down raglan sweatercoat (with the cabled raglan lines) is getting some more attention now, and I’ve put the sleeve stitches on holders and joined the body. The plan is to work on the body until the ball I’m using runs out, then do the sleeves before the rest of the body. I’m really liking the Highland Chunky knit up at a tighter gauge.

– I have so many projects. I really want to get something done!

cables untangled: cotton raglan errata

Mmmmmmm cables.

I got Cables Untangled by Melissa Leapman after Christmas – Indigo was having a 30% off hardcover books sale. I’m so happy I picked it up – it is a fabulous book. I had bought all this organic wool from work a little while before, in a nice oatmeal shade, and was planning on doing an aran sweater with it. Lo and behold, here was one just perfect!

I am slightly worried that I won’t have enough yarn – I have 7 skeins of the organic wool, but that’s less than what the book calls for. We’ll have to see. I’m already about 6″ up the back of the sweater! And I have quite a bit left on my first ball of yarn.

The errata? Well, see in the straight columns, how they’re kind of messed up at the bottom compared to the last 4 inches or so, and compared to the book? Well, that’s because when I started out I followed the chart. And the chart has a big honkin’ mistake in it.

So here it is: All the right and left twist stitches should be the same as in row 1 of the chart.

They’re written as alternating each RS row, but that doesn’t give you the straight columns as in the photos. Luckily that was pretty easily figured out – I’m leaving the alternating twists at the bottom because I don’t want to rip it out. Design feature, and all that. And the good news is that the chart is very easily memorized once you’ve set it up.

Hurrah, I’m actually on track to get to bed earlier tonight!

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