Today is Black Friday, as I’m sure you’re all aware. I, for one, will be no where near the malls – it’s on line for me baby! and here is an amusing link in light of the day & season!

Thank you for all your comments about my sweater. Truly I am beginning to believe that when knitting a sweater for myself I enter some kind of fibery fugue state. I refuse to see problems that are right there in front of my eyes. Problems that I am holding in my own two hands ferchristssakes. Did you notice that those color breaks were throughout the top portion of the sweater? That up until I posted the picture I had managed to avoid acknowledging other spots of white? Then there is also the sizing issue – although I have gotten better about that. Lately I am better about realizing if something is too small/big.

So, I ended up ripping back to the underarm. Both Cara and Kathleen remarked on the pooling (something else I was in denial about) and Cara told me a good way to avoid it. I thought that the honeycomb pattern would be enough to avoid pooling. Wrong. So here’s what to do about it – alternate skeins of yarn on alternate rows. Simple enough. but really, with color breaks and pooling, remind me again why we like handpainted/dyed yarns?

But what this all really, really means is that I am completely and totally sick of this sweater and have cast it aside to knit a hat. I am to the crown decreases of the hat so it won’t be long before the sweater is back in my hands. But at this rate, one has to wonder when it will be on my back.

ps. Aunt Mabel’s Cranberry Pie Cake was a big success – and easy peasy!

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  1. Seeing as how I go to work so frickin’ early in the morning, this is pretty much the only day of the year that I could actually stop and do some shopping on my way to work (not counting the 24-hour joints). “Could” being the operative word because NO, I did not. That’s just craziness.

    Loved Aunt Mabel’s recipe — there’s a picture in my post today, along with some linkage. ; ) Have a great weekend, Ann!

  2. There is no way I’d go into a store today, I hate shopping as a general rule anyway.

    It’s not denial, it’s not seeing the stitches for the sweater. And it so deserves a time out. And a good talking too.

    Hats are good. ;)

  3. There is no way I’d go into a store today, I hate shopping as a general rule anyway.

    It’s not denial, it’s not seeing the stitches for the sweater. And it so deserves a time out. And a good talking too.

    Hats are good. ;)

  4. just curious ..What does ‘pooling’ mean? Hope you enjoy your time with your kids . Before you know it they will be out on their own!My daughter just left tonight. It was so good having a few days with her.

  5. You should probably buy wool from people who are so fucking phobic about those white bands on the skeins that they dye their wool commando.

    Yeah, I do. Untied. I just can’t stand beautiful, beautiful colours with these … tie-died splotches.

    And no, I’m not trying to drum up bidness, I’m behind on orders as it is *g* Hope you manage to work it out.

  6. I actually don’t really like handpainted yarns. They look so great in the skein, but generally look bad knit/crocheted up. If the repeats are short enough or long enough, then it’s better.

  7. weeeellll, i noticed the pooling, but i didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news… and maybe you wanted it like that! ya never know!! i have heard of this alternate skien/alternate row thing… i am excited to see how different it looks when you do it again. ARE you doing it again?? :D

    i love hats. if i could only knit one thing ever it would be hats.

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