Tuesday, October 31, 2006

3SI3MC (3 sweaters in 3 months challenge) UPDATE

Dear Cynthia,

First, Happy Halloween.

It's not my favorite "holiday", if I even go so far as to call it that, but I decided that it was time to throw my kids off guard and do something a bit uncharacteristic for "Mommy", so today, I'm not "M-o-o-o-o-m-m-y" (screamed in loud, child's voice, with the vowel sound being most prominent), but rather, I'm Daffy Duck. When I got downstairs and my four year old saw what I was wearing, he told me I had to take it off. I told him that I was going to wear this costume today, because it is Halloween. He then said, "Well, make sure you stay inside the house all day." With our very cold temperature swing here today, it gives new meaning to "freezing my tail off".

Work continues on the three sweaters in three months challenge. The biggest challenge, Hardangervidda, is moving along. I'm now at the point in the colorwork in which I bind off three stitches for the placement of the zipper. On the row after that, I'll cast three stitches back on in the same place (picture a "buttonhole"), and these stitches will be worked in black all the way up to the neckline, and will be the cutting stitches. Since I can't help myself from computing how much is done, how much left to go, etc. (and since I'm compelled to share that information with you :-), I've completed 18 out of 55 color rows in this section. Please note, however, that things become much easier (pattern is much less complicated) after only 40 color rows, so really, I'm almost halfway through the "woods". I've also started the second sleeve, just so I have something "little" to take with me to work on when I go to the library, music lessons, etc. This sweater body is getting a bit unwieldy .....

And, here is the hand-painted sweater. I completely ripped out the sleeve I had, and started again with more stitches. At first I thought it seemed like this was "backwards" progress, but then I remembered that it actually does get me closer to the finish line, so really, it was a step forward. Perhaps I'm delusional, or more delusional than I once thought, anyway. I also have only a couple more inches to finish of the back. I finished one of the side fronts, but I think I'm going to re-do it to make it a little bit shorter, once I get the back completed. One of these days I'm going to have to figure out what to do with the front opening edges..... This has become one of those "interesting" projects, in which it seems that every step of the way, I must deal with some sort of "opportunity" (disguised as a "problem")... Have I confused anybody yet, other than just myself?

And, the "I (circle) love (square) you (triangle)" sweater is still waiting for its second sleeve. I'm saving that for Thanksgiving Day, in which I will be a passenger in a car for about six hours. That ought to do it for that one.....

I feel like I have KADD (knitting attention deficit disorder)..... If it wasn't such a prevalent thing for knitters, I'd be worried.....

Well, that's it for now. Have a great day!
Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

This and That....

Dear Laura:

The wonderful news that the Cardinals won the World Series!!! The bad news is that baseball is over now.....I miss it - I got lots of knitting done while I was watching the post-season. (Plus I just love baseball!!)

For example, I knitted this hat for my Godson's birthday while watching the 5 games of the World Series.

I used the same orange Lamb's Pride that I used to make mittens for him last year, and some Cascade 220 Tweed that his mom was using to make a scarf for him. Now he has a set!

I started another hat - this one is reversible, but I'm double-knitting it, based on a pattern from
The Blue Blog. I want to mess around with the decreases a bit, but so far it's going well. I hope it will be a birthday present for my nephew. He's also a Cardinal's fan, so I'm using the leftover yarn from my Cardinals scarf! ;)

In other news, my parents are travelling here from Kentucky tomorrow and staying the weekend. Also, friends from Wisconsin (!) are coming Friday evening for the weekend, so there will be a full house! I'm very excited (and cleaning furiously....that's the beauty of houseguests - it's great motivation!)

The schedule is pretty variable, so I'm trying to think of choices when it comes to menu planning - not a set menu. I did something similar when most of my family travelled Kentucky to stay at my parents house for Labor Day weekend. I knew my mom would fuss about what to make and what to have on hand. So I sent her a meal plan - this day, this time we will have this ready. Then at the end was a "grocery list" of ingredients and amounts. She could check what she had on hand and then take the list shopping.

It worked out really well. There was flexibility - we had the big breakfast Sunday instead of Monday, and we switched the evening meals around once - but we didn't end up having to run to the store for something while we were cooking or anything like. That's my goal for this weekend.

Keep knitting!!

Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

In the company of Greatness

Dear Cynthia,

A graduate student at the UW has put together an exhibit highlighting Elizabeth Zimmermann, and what she has brought to modern knitting. Yesterday afternoon was a reception for the event, which included a question and answer session by Meg Swansen. The lecture hall was filled to overflowing, and the high turnout surprised one of the professors there, who apologized for not making enough handouts for the exhibit. During the question and answer session, it was revealed that Meg's kids were there, as well as her grandchildren. Also, at one point, Hazel Carter stood up in the audience and started commenting on one of the things Meg said. I wasn't sure I heard correctly, and had to ask the lady beside me if "..that is Hazel Carter?" She is from England originally, which I didn't know. There were several other knitting "knowns" in the audience, not to mention that many of the people there were wearing gorgeous sweaters. And Meg herself is a woman of class, smiling the whole time, gracious, kind, and funny. I left the event a bit choked up, and I'm not even sure why. It might have been because Meg's grandson, Eli, was wearing a sweater which Elizabeth had made for Eli's father when he was a little boy, and what a beautiful legacy that is, and how that sweater is being used. It might have been because Hazel Carter held up an aran sweater which she made more than 45 years ago using a pattern which Elizabeth had published in Vogue Knitting. (I must point out, too, that Hazel Carter mentioned that she, herself, is a "thrower", and doesn't think that it is slower than any other way of knitting.) I just started thinking about knitted garments and the meaning they hold, for the knitter, for the wearer, for the wearer's posterity... Okay, I'll stop blabbing on and on...

Speaking of a knitter making a special garment....the Hardangervidda for my husband's Christmas gift is moving along, with slower progress now that I'm back doing colorwork. Though the pattern here is symmetrical from right to left, the back and front are not the same, and I must refer to the chart for every stitch. The good news is that I achieved my goal to be halfway as of this past Wednesday. Right now, out of 20 skeins that I started with, I'm currently pulling yarn from skein numbers 11 (black) and 12 (heather).

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Finished objects.......

Dear Laura:

Well, I think I'm getting organized enough for a post. I haven't been slow to post because of lack of material - just lack of a coherent brain!

First of all, I was amazed by the amount of knitting I got done while my computer was off for repair. I found out that I spend a lot of prime knitting time on the computer, browsing, reading blogs, playing games, etc. And that's not all bad - sometimes after a day of work, card games or sudoku "feel better" to my brain. Engages a different area than knitting, I guess. LOL - now that I'm watching baseball most nights (GO CARDS!!) I find that I can knit during the inning and still watch the game. Then during the commercials, I take a knitting break and play on the computer. You want to talk multi-tasking????

Anyway, since last I posted a finished object, I have finished the following items…

1. Wow, I see that I haven't posted a final picture of the blocked afghan with border....that was finished back on 9/19/06 - so here's a long overdue picture which includes the "bonus" felted fuzzy feet!

2. Blue striped socks that I started back in the spring. I finished the first sock and then whipped through the second sock.

3. Orange "loopy" scarf.

4. Purple/multi reversible hat for my Goddaughter Maggie.

5. A worsted-weight crimson "criss-cross" scarf for my niece Kelly's birthday.

6. Finishing work on Lydia's sweater.

7. A Lizard-Ridge block for Grandmother Purl.

8. A fingering-weight Koigu "criss-cross" scarf.

Plus I'm working on a pair of dark red Trekking socks. I've started the second sock, and cast on another reversible hat (sshhh, it's a gift) which is about 3/4 done. I'll finish that tonight, while hopefully watching the last game of the World Series.....Go Cards!!

Keep knitting!!

Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Almost ready for Halloween

Dear Cynthia,

My knitting was interupted again to bring to life this doggy costume for my six year old. He will be wearing it this Saturday for a little piano recital called a "monster concert", which involves him and many of his piano teacher's other students.. The costume is made out of fleece, which is not really supposed to be ironed, but the directions called for fusing the spots with an iron, and as you can see, there are little iron shaped marks around each of the spots. Washing it might minimize that... However, first I must finish up the head piece, which will probably take me about an hour. But, it wouldn't be a true Halloween if I wasn't up the night before the costume is needed trying to finish up the last few stitches, so I'll probably wait to finish it until Friday night.

And, Hardangervidda crawls along. Here it is shown with the tenth skein of yarn. If I am able to knit all of that skein today, then I'll have met my goal of being halfway done by tomorrow, four weeks from the day I cast on for this sweater. I'm going to the library twice today for various programs for my kids, so that should allow ample time.

Tonight we have our first "parent teacher conference" since school started this year. Other than that, a routine day, for which I am thankful!

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Mysterious Gas

Dear Cynthia,

Ever since I sent away to college, I have been plagued by a mysterious gas in my clothes closet. It really isn't detectable, except for the effect it has on all of my clothes. The length of my clothes doesn't seem to change much, but for some reason, this mysterious gas makes everything fit just a little bit tighter.

And so, imagine my alarm last night when I discovered that this very same gas has made its way into my knitting bag. I've been knitting a nice rectangle which will be the fronts and back of a sweater, and last night I put the live stitches onto a piece of yarn so that I could get an accurate measurement, just to make sure I was on the right track with the gauge (which, had been checked at the very start of this project, at which time I ripped back twice to start over with a different number of stitches on my needles due to gauge issues). I am using my wonderful, soft, merino, hand-painted yarn.....and this rectangle has lost about 5 1/2 inches of width, just by sitting in my knitting bag. (Hmmm...I wonder if I could lose a little bit of width just by sitting in my knitting bag...but I digress...) Since I am already doing the "I wonder if I'm going to have enough yarn" dance, making decisions to conserve yarn such as planning for borders out of solid color yarn, opting for a vee-neck instead of a crew neck, and thinking about sleeve options which don't require as much yarn, such as raglan, or set-in, versus dropped.....I really don't want to rip this out and make it larger....just too afraid that I'll run out of yarn.

And so, I've looked through several magazines, and have decided that I'm going to put a "knitted on" cable along the front edges. This will require finding just the right color yarn in just the right gauge, but if it means I must take a trip to the yarn store, well then, okay. I'm going to go with either a plaited cable, or an xoxo cable, probably. And, instead of the raglan sleeves I was going to use, this will have set-in sleeves, which means seaming (and we all know how I feel about "finishing" work), but desperate times call for desperate measures.....

Anyway, I thought I understood the concept of "gauge", but clearly, I am still "gauge impaired"...

I'm going to attend an informational session today about the graduate PT program here. I've been taking classes toward completing prerequisites for this program, and this afternoon they are offering an informational session and tour of the facilities. I'm still undecided about it, though excited about getting some more information.....

Have a great weekend, and warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Friday, October 20, 2006

You saw it here first....

Dear Laura:

So, poll results!

Really, only one person saw that the most important thing to me was getting rid of the infestation of monster spiders that has plagued me. I guess I have been remiss in posting about how ginormous and creepy these spiders are. I was consoling myself that at least they were keeping the mouse poplulation down, they were that big. On the evening that I killed EIGHT of them before bedtime, I decided if there were that many that I saw, I did not want to know how many I didn't see. I moved to an upstairs bedroom (because spiders don't climb stairs, right??)

So, first things first, I set out the spider traps. (Which are working in that spiders are being trapped, but I'm still finding spiders outside the traps.)

Then I unpacked the laptop. It had been gone for a WHOLE WEEK! During which time I'd gotten a new camera that I was dying to hook up. And I'd missed so much blogging and stuff.... so the computer was second.

And finally (the next day at lunch, actually!) I unpacked my set of KnitPick's Options needles. I will say, in defense of all of you, that the reason I thought to post a poll was that I was surprised at myself for not grabbing the knitting first.

Once I got settled down a bit, I moved my current scarf project off of my rosewood circulars and onto a new needle. I really love it! I love the pointy end and the smooth tips. I actually have not had any problems with the yarn catching at the joins - which I cannot say of either of my usual Inox or Addi Turbos. They are a great value for the price. My greatest hope now is that they will come out with a 16" cable and then I'll be set from size 4 on up. And if they could make a second set with a small enough join from size 0-3, I would gladly abandon any other circulars.

Keep knitting!

Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

More of the same

Dear Cynthia,

In a fit of desperation for what to do with my hair, I spontaneously made an appointment for this past Tuesday night to get a perm. This morning I threw caution to the wind, and in an act of defiance against all of "hair science", I decided to wash my hair 14 hours prematurely (instead of waiting the full 48 hours). I just really have a hard time going a couple of days without washing my hair. In any case, things seem okay, which is about the level I aim for with my hair, anyway, so life is good, and I like that it looks much fuller without having to tease it and spray it full of hair spray.

In other less exciting news, work on Hardangervidda continues. I'm in the middle of the 8th skein, which means 2 1/2 (100meter) skeins to knit before next Wednesday in order to officially be "on schedule". I'm roughly 10 inches from the turning ridge, and colorwork begins again when I get to 17 inches. On this pattern, I was supposed to switch to size 3 needles for the solid black part of the knitting. However, the colorwork areas, which are knit on size 4 needles, really weren't cinching the fabric at all, so I stayed with the size 4 needles for the one color sections, too, which gives me the proper gauge, anyway.

Well, another chilly, rainy day today. We have two trees in our front yard which are about to change to their brilliant fall colors of yellow and bright red -- they are gorgeous during this time of year.

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It's all about priorities.....

Dear Laura:

Wow! Yesterday was a red-letter day here in my world. It was all about shipments.

I stopped at FedEx and picked up my computer which was being shipped back from repair. When I got home, in my mailbox was a package containing spider traps to help with my infestation. AND left on the front porch was a box from KnitPicks containing a set of their new "Options" needles!

It was a late 'coming home' time for me. Last night was meeting night for the Fort Wayne Knitting Guild, which means that Sheree and I went out for sushi after work and then to the guild. It was well after nine when I got home. (AND I was in a knitting store and didn't buy any yarn. Now, I'll be going back this week AND going to Indy on Saturday, so I'm not saying that I WON'T be getting any, but yesterday, I stayed clean!)

And so here's how the process went. Once I got everything gathered in, dogs in bed - but before I even got my shoes off, I.....no, wait, I'm not going to tell you. I think we should have a little poll to see who can guess the order in which I processed my three packages.

In what order did I process my packages yesterday?
Knitting needles, spider traps, computer
Computer, spider traps, knitting needles
Spider traps, knitting needles, computer
Knitting needles, computer, spider traps
Spider traps, computer, knitting needles
Computer, knitting needles, spider traps
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Keep knitting!!

Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)

Loose Ends and Hardangervidda

Dear Cynthia,

The bag pattern is almost done. Here are the samples I made for it.

Bag with handle (one side):Bag with handle (the other side):Bag with strap (one side):
Bag with strap (the other side):
Hardangervidda continues, and now I'm in the black hole of stockinette, until the piece measures 17" from the turning ridge. Not one to miss an opportunity to talk about trivial math.....out of 20 skeins this project calls for, I'm just completing my 6th skein right now, almost three weeks into the project. I **really** want this done by the end of November, about six weeks away. That means to get back on schedule, I must be done with 10 skeins by next Wednesday (allowing one week at the end for "finishing" work, which is **quite** significant on this project). I'd better get busy.....

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Still with the three sweaters in three months challenge...

Dear Cynthia,

I was so glad to hear about all of your knitting. How was it to knit the square for the lizard ridge blanket? I LOVE that blanket, and even considered making one for myself, too...though decided that I won't have time to teach myself how to knit backwards until after Christmas...but I am anxiously awaiting a picture of your square, once your computer is feeling better, of course!

My exam is over, so I'm not cramming for the time being, though given the current state of the house and the clean underwear department here, I ought to be putting some effort into some housework. However, Hardangervidda must be worked on when dh is not here, and so I must... persevere.... Here is the body of it, just beginning. I've fallen a little bit behind my "two skeins per week" goal, though once I get to *neverneverland*, after the lower colorwork is done, and before I begin the upper colorwork, I should be able to catch up and sprint ahead.

To distract you from the fact that I don't have a lot of new knitting to show you today, here is the book I found at the "half price books" store a week or two ago. It is Alice Starmore's "Pacific Coast Highway", and it became mine for $5.98. I showed it to dh at the store, and he was unimpressed. When I got home, I looked for it on eBay, and there was a bid as high as $68.00 for another one just like it -- soft cover, gently used. THAT impressed him. However, it is unlikely that I'm going to sell it anytime soon...

Well, time to throw a load of laundry in the washer.
Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Be sure you always stretch before knitting...

Dear Laura:

Ha! I guess Lauren ratted me out in the comments! I had a wild and crazy knitting-marathon weekend....

Saturday, I (finally) remembered to buy bias tape to finish the baby sweater for Lydia (my great-niece.) She was born last spring, but the sweater ended up being too big to fit until fall, so there was not a "sense of rush." However, snaps and buttons are installed and it is ready to be worn. None-too-soon since they are predicting the possibility of snow in a few days!

Then I sat down to watch baseball (
YAY CARDINALS!) and knitted a block of the Lizard Ridge blanket from the latest Knitty. I love that pattern - I told Lauren that if my next niece didn't pick it as her graduation blanket, I'm going to knit it for myself! (She didn't pick it, so I'm going to start collecting squares!) This first square, however, was knit using Noro Silk Garden (from my stash!) instead of the Kureyon that it calls for. I'm sending this to the "Knit a Square for Grandmother Purl" that Lauren and I signed up for. Hers is already done, so we're going to combine and save postage!

Two ballgames later, that square was finished, so I did a quick gauge swatch and then cast on for a Criss-Cross Scarf. I've done this with fingering weight yarn, but this time I used worsted weight...again from my stash, thank you! It's a crimson color from Blackberry Ridge - I love the tonal variations. It is cast on the long edge, and alternates between Garter Stitch and then criss-crossing wrapped stitches. I took it along to my youngest brother's 40th birthday party, which was a bonfire. I was able to knit the first 5 rows in the dark! (How did he get to be 40? He used to be almost 8 years younger than me, and now he's 12 years older??? How did that happen?? Oh, that's right, I gave up birthdays....)

Sunday I worked at the Wool Barn. They are usually not open on Sunday, but there was a festival downtown, so we opened up. It was a pretty day, so we sat in front of the store and knitted. That and another ballgame in the evening (YAY CARDINALS!) and that scarf is finished. I'll block it tonight and add fringe.

All of which I would post pictures of IF my computer was back and I had a way to move them off the camera. Not that I'm bitter.....

And boy can my arms feel that I knitted for 2 days straight! I was icing them down during the last couple of rows of the scarf. (And you might also have noted that I did not report doing anything like cleaning bathrooms or sweeping up the carnage of dead spider bodies that litters my floor. I've memorized their positions, so when I see something dark without my glasses, I know if it's a dead one or one that needs to be dead....)

Oh, and the brother who just turned 40? Announced around the bonfire that they are expecting their 5th child at the end of May!!! Yippee!! Nieces and nephews rock! (She's due within a couple of weeks of their oldest child's high-school graduation. (My brother says since they're starting to leave the nest, they've got to start filling in with new ones!)

Now, I have GOT to find those baby knitting books that I lost in the move....

Keep knitting!!

Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

3 Sweaters in 3 Months challenge update

Dear Cynthia,

I'm writing quickly, because dinner will be done in about 15 minutes.....and I probably won't have a chance to post again until sometime Wednesday, after my Tuesday night exam, for which I am **cramming** tonight and any chance I get tomorrow.

Six hours in the car, plus several hours sitting around with relatives, afforded me lots of knitting time this weekend. (It is time which might have better been spent studying...though this is not atypical for me to approach an exam in this manner.)

I finished two sleeves, though for different sweaters. I have to say, sleeves for six year old boys are much quicker to knit than are sleeves for *cough*-ty-one year old men. (Please pardon my unrepressable impulse to state the obvious)... (and also any poor spelling in my hurried state because I am not consulting dictionaries).

I also finished the intarsia for the six year old boy's sweater.

I'm a bit "sleeved out" right now.

I'd better run and get a vegetable steaming for a side dish. More from me on Wednesday. Have a great Monday!!

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Again with the I Love You sweater...

Dear Cynthia,

I'm sorry to hear of the pain you are experiencing in your arm...even if it is mostly while you're working and not as bad while you're knitting...but I hope that it resolves quickly. Also, total bummer about your computer. I hope that "put a rush on it" doesn't mean "kill the hard drive" in some kind of crazy computer guy code language. So happy about your new camera, though!!

I may check "sew one dinosaur costume" off my my to-do list. My four year old is very happy (and that makes me happy, too).

The "three sweaters in three months" challenge is quite interesting. I can work on the sweaters for the kids while they are in the room, except for the part in which I'm working the circle square triangle part, because then they'd start asking a lot of questions. I can't work on the Hardangervidda while dh is around at all, because then he'll ask, "What are you making now?" And the sweater for me has been put on the back burner, but I've been working on it in the evenings when we're all together in the living room, because everybody would know that "something's up" if I just sat there without knitting at all.

In any case, the second circle (I) square (love) triangle (you) sweater has a completed back, and this afternoon I just finished setting up the intarsia. Here it is from the back, in all of its "five butterflies plus two balls of the main color" glory, after completing the first intarsia row. It looks rather innocent lying there all untangled, though the second I pick it up, some detangling fun really begins. I'll just keep reminding myself that it is only for 16 rows (well, technically only 15 left, now that the first row is complete).

Well, that's the knitting news from God's country, on a spectacularly cool and sunny day in which the leaves are changing colors, falling to the ground, and just making me feel so great to be alive.

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Nothing amazing here.....

Dear Laura:

Wow! You are the knitting queen! I'm completely amazed at what all you're doing right now. I have some vague thoughts of "Christmas knitting," but I'm thinking fuzzy feet, not color-work sweaters! Knit on!

I'm still in the depths of the black-hole-of-no-technology. Not a happy place for a blogger! I did get a new digital camera, so pictures will be forthcoming....but the laptop is off being repaired again. When they replaced the modem, they somehow "broke" whatever lets the computer recognize that I have additional RAM..... This time they are going to "put a super-rush on it, so they'll be more thorough." Yeah, I always think 'go faster" is the same as "more thorough."

Such as the case with the upside-down hood on the Halloween costume. If I had been telling you, "Super rush on that...." you'd have obviously skipped the part where you put the hood on wrong and had to redo it, right?

I'm still knitting on a reversible hat for my Goddaughter Mags. I have a few more inches and then I can begin the final decreases. If I had anything like the normal amount of knitting time last week, this hat would be done. However, I didn't and it isn't. I'm hoping for this week. (I'm having to work through my lunch hours again this week to make up time I took off for family matters. Working a temp job is a pain because you don't get any paid vacation or personal time, but I'm thankful that they will at least let me make up the time.....)

Plus my right arm aches. Not just the hand, but all the way up to my shoulder. Mostly when I'm typing (!) not so much when I'm knitting, So I'm trying to pace myself on all of it to see if that helps.


Keep knitting!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My three sweaters in three months challenge

Dear Cynthia,

Now that I have three new sweaters on the needles, I started sewing again...

Here is a dinosaur costume, almost completed, for my four year old. Every day after lunch he asks me to work on it for a little while. It's actually gone together quite quickly, except for the part in which I sewed the hood on upside down and had to rip that out. ("Ripping out" -- an activity I don't limit to knitting.) (Note that prior to being a "stay at home mom", I designed industrial machinery, sometimes for use in explosive atmospheres -- very detail-oriented work; now I sew hoods onto costumes "upside down".) In any case, back on track, and all that remains is to finish up the front of the hood with a casing and some elastic. Next in queue is a dog costume for my six year old.

Work continues on all three sweaters. I really do spend a lot of time waiting around these days -- today I'll be at the library twice, both times sitting around while my kids are involved in an activity. Tomorrow it will be three hours at the car dealership while our van is being worked on. I know you understand how much all of this otherwise "wasted" time can really add up. Here is the first sleeve of Hardangervidda, so far. Because I'm a believer in math, and since I've almost knit through two skeins (out of 16 main color skeins required) in only one week, it is plausible this sweater could be done at the end of November.....provided my little "upside down" streak is over.....

I'll keep you posted on the other two sweaters during the rest of this week. As I survey the situation, I'm going to be knitting a lot of sleeves very soon.....

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)