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Old 10-08-2008, 09:47 PM   #1
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2 WIPS: Phoebe and Melissa
I'm working on two sweaters. Phoebe and Melissa.

Melissa is too boring to knit without some diversion!
And, the yarn is really rough to work with! (Tahki Donegal Tweed)
Here is a model photo of Melissa:

Here is a swatch of the yarn:


Here is the model photo of PHOEBE:


And here is the BACK, finished the other day. The pins are placed at the end of each repeat. They'll come out before blocking, of course.


Both designs are by Elsebeth Lavold, my favorite designer!

So I finished the BACK for Melissa, then the BACK for Phoebe, then the FRONTS for Melissa, then the FRONTS for Phoebe, etc.

It helps with the boredom of an endless pattern repeat for each of these!
I want both sweaters badly enough to keep working at it!

The Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora has been languishing in my Stash for eons. I finally found the pattern to inspire me to use it, and use it all up, too! I got this yarn on an Ebay auction a long time ago. And incredibly low price for the 20 skeins. What was I thinking? My BAD for buying yarn just "CUZ"!
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:49 PM   #2
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Bet they'll come out beautiful as always. Can't wait to see the finished product
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OMG that is too funny! I saw Phoebe today and the first thing I thought was "This looks like something Dollyce would knit!" Love the colors!
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I agree with Jan . I can just see you wearing both of these. I can't wait to see them finished
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I'm working on the FRONTS for Melissa now. That yarn (Tahki Donegal Tweed) is a real tough customer. First of all, its 'nubbiness' makes the stitches real hard to create. It requires a lot of hand muscle. The thumb on my right hand is hurt right now. Also, because of the nubbiness, the stocking stitches sometimes catch on themselves, making a stitch too big now and then. So then I have to stop and use a darning needle to wiggle the extra yarn from it onto its neighboring stitches. Ok, Ok, go ahead and call me a fuss-budget! Blocking can't solve every problem. So I try to 'right' the overly-large stocking stitches as I go along. Then blocking can take care of the minorest stitch discrepancies remaining.

Fortunately, the red Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora is very compliant yarn! The st st are coming out right on the first go around!

That's why I need the break from Melissa! Phoebe calms my nerves!

Then I can go back and tackle Melissa again.

I'll be off the grid all next week, up in the wilderness...knitting and tending camp while DH hunts. I also get the extra fun of keeping the hounds quiet while he hunts. So can ya just see me...inside our 27' travel trailer...knitting, with all these 4 dogs at my feet? The two hounds tuck themselves under the table and try to appear as small as possible (they hate to get tossed out)...and the St Bernard lays in the aisle which doubles as my kitchen floor...and he blocks the door to the bathroom...and my little Shih Tzu lays beside me on the couch! It is really quite a sight! Here they are in summertime, all sprawled all over our little deck!


The weather report for the region is 56 daytime temps and 25 nighttime temps. Some rain expected, but if the rain meets the colder temps and they collide on the mountaintop...it means snow.

Lots of Fun, if you don't need to 4-wheel OFF THE MOUNTAIN.
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Your dogs are so lovely !! I love big doggies .
I hope you have a great time and you manage to avoid any snow .
LOL You asked for it ! "you are a fuss-budget " hahahahahaha . Seriously , You are doing a lovely job and i am sure the finished item will be worth the pain .
You are also doing a good thing by having two projects on the go when one of them is a naughty
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WOW that red yarn is just yummy. The sweaters are looking gorgeous so far. They are going to look so pretty on you. I can see why you are preserving. I can't wait to see the finish. I just love your work.
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You continue to amaze me. I wanna be you when I grow up!
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You continue to amaze me. I wanna be you when I grow up!
Yea! What she said!
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I love your doggies! My husband and I adopted a bassett hound this spring. He is six months old now and we are having so much fun with him! Your knitting is beautiful as always. I love the red! I have some of that Tahki donegal tweed and I don't know what I am going to do with it yet, it is a beautiful purple, but if you have problems with it, I can imagine what will happen when I start.
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