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  knitting for pleasure again!

well... its always pleasurable, but lets be honest, when you've made what seems like a hundred hats for christmas gifts... you're reeeeaally ready to get back into the world of "real projects" slash "things for yourself" (or at least that you really can't wait to work on, even if they are gifts. at least there's no holiday pressure). so yes, i'm finishing off the last two hat gifts for the fam and its on to bigger and better things.

The next big thing:

ene's scarf from scarf style

I'm excited to work on a big lace project. i really want to make this one. i already purchased the yarn - Blackberry Ridge Laceweight Silk Blend in the color shown ("willow"). Since it is my first "official" (major) foray into the lace world, i decided to stick with the materials called for by the pattern. Plus i think it looks just great as it is! didnt want to fuss with yarn substitution etc. etc.

I also plan on immediately finishing my 95% completed sweater that has been on hold since the holiday knitting began. its a shame that i didn't finish it before, because i could really use another sweater in the ASS COLD weather we've been having in nyc.

next sweater project will probably be a variation on this sweater:

i think i'm going to edit out the cabling and do a more simple, slim-fitting body. I'll probably play up the shawl collar a little more, which is the major draw to this pattern (not to mention that it was free). i'm thinking debbie bliss cashmerino aran. does anyone have any tips or comments (or WARNINGS?) about this yarn that i should know before taking the plunge and buying 10 balls?



Well, I've heard that Cashmerino pills... But it's so soft, it's futile to resist its appeal. I have 20 balls in my stash right now (thank you eBay!).

I've had my eye on Ene's scarf for a while too. And that shawl-collared sweater is very nice. I have to admit I knit mostly for myself... Now that you've found a good man's pattern, treat yourself!

Hey, good for you! That's pretty daring, to work on the shawl. It's really pretty. I've never tried anything so delicate.
The sweater is more my speed. I almost started making that, and changed patterns. That line is easy to alter. (I'm altering one right now!)
Keep us posted on the progress.

I have also heard people say that the cashmerino pills but having knitted with all weights of it and washed all of them by hand, I have not had that problem. It is the loveliest yarn to work with, soft and cuddly. I have just finished a moss stitch baby blanket in the cashmerino aran and I found it hard to give away :)

Have fun with Ene's scarf. The first few rows take a bit of concentration and a boatload of stitch markers. After that it just keeps getting easier and smaller.

Hi, I just found your blog through Streets and YO's. It's really awesome to see the stuff you're knitting, and you've reminded me how much I love Ene's scarf, and have inspired me to finally knit my own! Happy Knitting!

Hi, came from Diana's blog, too. Anyway, DB Cashmerino is on sale right now at littleknits.com
Maybe that will help -- because, really, you will be SAVING money by buying it. It's just the responsible thing to do.

Ene's Scarf was pretty much the most fun I've had in a long time. It just gets better and better every row. My photos are here: http://knittingunderway.blogspot.com/2005/12/once-for-yourself.html

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