Secret Secret, I’ve Got a Secret

February 8, 2007 at 11:15 am (Finishing, knitting, Meme, Work in Progress)

Hourglass is done! But then again, not. I did the big try-on last night and I need to rip back the neckline and make it bigger. My gauge is a little tighter than that which the pattern specifies–which is fine, because I like the bit of negative ease it gives the sweater. However I didn’t take that into consideration when I added the few extra yoke decreases to avoid a flashdance neckline. So instead I’m rocking a really tight, not-so-flattering on short people, high neckline. I’ll fix it tonight and hopefully be able to begin tacking down hems by the weekend.

Wicked is coming along nicely, I’m almost done with the yoke decreases, I think I’ll be taking it off the needles tonight to check and see if we’re ready for sleeve separation. It’s going really fast, and I think it’s going to be extremely wearable. Yay! I was going to post a nice progress shot, but after I took the picture I realized that it looks almost exactly the same as the last progress picture, so I’ll spare your bandwith until after I separate for sleeves.

It seems like there’s been a deluge of cute new patterns lately, first the Spring 2007 Interweave looks like it’s going to be a bang-up issue. I especially love the Rib and Cable Tank by Jodi Green and the Keyhole Top by Kate Gilbert. But then when do I ever not like Jodi Green and Kate Gilbert’s patterns! Wendy Bernard of Knit & Tonic also just debuted a new pattern, called Flair. I do believe it is the perfect sweater-coat for spring. I must make this, and soon.


Finally, I’ve been tagged by the lovely Emily for a meme. If you haven’t alread done so, you should check out her blog–she makes some truly beautiful things plus she’s just a really nice person to boot.

Prepare to be shocked and amazed by five secret things about me (well not really, I’m pretty normal, besides the obsessive knitting thing).

1. When I first started knitting I couldn’t figure out how stitch markers didn’t get stuck in the knitting. No joke.

2. My second and third toes are webbed about half-way up on both feet. It’s one of those weird genetic traits that runs in my family–both my sister and my grandfather have/had it. Matt likes to say that it means I’m genetically inferior. He’s joking, of course.

3. Oddly enough, with the webbed toes and all, I’m quite possibly the world’s worst swimmer. I sink like a stone, and quite frankly I can barely doggie paddle. This is not for lack of trying. I took swimming lessons every summer when I was a kid. Yeah. I failed junior lifesaving three times. It was excellent.

4. Not surprisingly with the swimming thing, I’m terrified of open water. I’m not one to have a lot of phobias, I don’t mind heights or snakes or anything, and lakes and ponds don’t bother me. But I can barely wade into the ocean without feeling like I’m going to die via riptide or shark bite, and the world will come to a grinding halt before you will ever see me on a cruise ship.

5. One of my dearest wishes is to visit every single national park in the National Park Service. Matt and I both love to hike, backpack and camp–when we lived near it we used to spend about every summer weekend camping in Shenandoah National Park. And since we’ve moved north, we’ve been trying to plan a week in Acadia. If it happens, I may die of happiness. I’m a simple girl, what can I say. (Oh yeah, keep in mind that to get to Acadia, we’ll have to drive right by the hallowed yarn store Halcyon Yarns. That most definitely will not suck.)

So there you have it, I can’t keep track of which knitters have done this meme or the very similar “6 weird things” version, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!



  1. Emily said,

    Aww, thanks!!
    I’ve become obsessed with swing coats recently too! I love the sleeves! I think I’m going to try the Phildar Swing Jacket…..when I get around to it! 😉

  2. Katie said,

    Ooh. You must go to Arcadia! I went there with my mother and sister last summer, and it’s just beautiful.

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