The sweater is almost finished! How close to the finish line am I? I have to knit the facing hems for the bottom, sleeves and the neckline. I am hunting for the perfect yarn for this job. I want something along the lines of a DK weight and Susan (Kathleen’s mom) suggested a cotton. Flair (the blogless wonder) found the perfect colorway in Colinette Giotto, but the gauge is too large.

While all of this has been marinating, I spun and knit a square for an upcoming project. Once the camera battery is juiced, I will post some pictures. Working on the square has driven home the reason why I embrace the credo Not A Square to Spare. It has less to do with guarding my knitting time and speaks more to the pressure of finding the perfect stitch pattern and making sure to knit within the stated dimensions. I knit and reknit this little square about five times before I finally settled on a pattern.

Thank you Thank you for your well wished on my quit smoking anniversary! I would be a liar if I said that I don’t miss smoking – I do! But those moments of longing are much fewer and further between and I am very very glad to have quit. When Vicki did the math calculating time spent smoking, it made my head spin! I used the nicotine patches during the first weeks of quitting – my MiL and Granny are using Chantix. This is a new treatment that is prescribed by your doctor. Both of these ladies have tried to quit in the past and say that Chatix is making a huge difference in their success this time around. I want Boar to talk to our Dr. about it.

Speaking of Boar, he has added to his long list of accomplishments and this latest one may just send you right over the edge……

he can fix a swift.

he made a tutorial about it for the blog.

stay tuned.

your daily pork report comes from the hallway

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  1. I hear you on the squares – how can something that should be so seemingly simple always be such a pain in the ass?
    My swift broke a few weeks ago and Dale fixed it – thank goodness. I’ll be curious to see if yours had the same problem and fix.

  2. Chatix? I’ve never heard of it, but will definitely pass it on to Big A. His past attempts to quit smoking have been to cut back and then to report to me at the end of each day how many he smoked. 3 smokes are better than 13. Guilt and Nag is a great way to quit…..

    Flair the Blogless Wonder- THAT made me crack up.

  3. Hi there! I just wanted to make sure you’re aware that your blog is in the queue for the Fiber Arts Bloggers ring, because you don’t have any code up. I just sent you the code again–please let me know if you don’t get it? I’d love to get you back in the ring. :)

  4. That’s me, good for spinning heads. ; ) I love that the Chantix site has a link to making a preparation plan. The prep helped me SO MUCH.

    Can’t wait to see your sweater.

  5. OMG – I was just expressing frustration with an impossible square in my own blog post today (patterns written by orangutans) – and WordPress linked me here.

    We have something else in common as well, I gave up cigarettes almost 3 years ago (hypnosis – worked immediately) after smoking 33 years and loving every minute of it. I wish you continued success!

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