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The Alpha and The Omega

Knitting Stuff First
Okay, so it’s really the Omega and the Alpha because I’m showing you the finished project first.
Presenting, Baby Kimono from Interweave Knits Summer 2005. I used 2 skeins of Dalegarn Baby ULL and size 3 addis. Started on August 21st and finished on August 31st. It’s for Ambrynn. Duh.
Here it is blocking.
Man alive, did this yarn stretch when it got wet! I had to squash it back to size really vigorously. This was a really simple knit, all in garter stitch and very cleverly constructed with practically no seaming at the end. The very little seaming thing? That makes me happy. All it needs to be finished completely is a ribbon tie to secure the front opening.

Okay, now for the Alpha, because of course I had to immediately cast on something new. It’s the Eyelet Cardigan from Chick Knits and I’m working it in Peace Fleece DK from Knit Pixie. I’ve actually done a gauge swatch (yeah, me, a gauge swatch!) and I’m now working on the first sleeve. I love love love the color of this yarn!

Comment Contest Update
I know you’re all waiting anxiously to hear about the comment contest. Well, you guys really rose to the occasion and blew way past comment #213. I guess a contest is the way to draw you all out of lurking and I’m glad it worked. I met a lot of readers that I didn’t know I had and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. So, Kathy won the yarn and it’s on it’s way to her. Of course, I first had to wrestle it away from Mason, who can’t resist sock yarn and tissue paper. That’s also my afghan square for Annie’s project and some sock yarn for her to use as a prize for participants.
I hope that you will continue commenting often because, apparently, I am a Comment Ho (thanks a lot for that title, La) and I promise another contest soon.

Hurricane Katrina Assistance
So, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my heartfelt concern for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I know we’re all getting bombarded with images and pleas for help and I don’t want to add to anyone’s distress but I can’t ignore the situation, even if this is a knitting blog. We were watching the news last night and I had to keep reminding myself that we were looking at footage of Americans not refugees in some third world country. The circumstances are just horrifying and I think we’re all looking for ways to help. The Network for Good is a great place to start. Also, Amanda is willing to accept donations of items and, since she lives in the area, she knows first hand what’s needed. Go leave her a comment if you want to help out in that way. Edited to add:Susan and Margene have set up a program for donations to Katrina Victims. You can visit either of their blogs for the details.

In the meantime, I’m sure President Bush will fly over the area again from the comfort of Air Force One. That’s just the type of guy he is.

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  1. i love the choice of color for the eyelet cardi. can’t wait to see it.

    and how surreal was it yesterday to see airforce 1 flying low over the s’dome? oy! and even more surreal is the constant stream of helicopters flying over my home doing the rescue procedures… and the fact that the looters in nola are now shooting at rescue helicopters. it makes my blood boil…had people heeded the evac warnings in the first place all of this manpower and money could have gone straight into recovery efforts. live and learn.

  2. I can only guess at what the disaster victims are going through. It makes going on with my normal little life seem so mundane.

    The sweater is very cute – that was a quick knit!

  3. The red Peace Fleece is gorgeous. Very gorg. Little Ambrynn is one lucky baby girl 🙂 I can’t even comment on you-know-who.

  4. Two projects that are on my list! The kimono looks fabulous.

    I’m trying hard to blot out from my memory that we have Dubbya in the White House. I can’t help but tune him out, otherwise his lack of ability to speak in full sentences without a script would have me screaming at the TV. Yup, been there done that. My prayers are with those in NOLA. My uncle is one of those who underestimated the storm and stayed to keep an eye on the house and the menagerie of pets he and my aunt have. Haven’t heard from him since Tuesday.

  5. That color for the Eyelet Cardi is great! (And I love the in the basket near the flowers shot – my pictures are so totally boring!! At least I’ve stopped taking pictures of my thumb, however.)
    Mason is adorable!! My Elmo and Elvis are both fiends for tissue paper… and toilet paper… and paper towels… and paper off my desk… pretty much if there is any tree pulp remotely included in the mix, they’re all over it.

  6. Ok, I just wanted you to know that I’m commenting because it’s the right thing to do. (I’m also procrastinating at work, but that’s besides the point! 😮

    As always, you have gorgeous pictures of gorgeous yarn! Love Ambrynn’s kimono (want pictures of Ambrynn wearing it)!

    I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around the devastation on the gulf coast. It’s foreign yet familiar at the same time. My prayers go out to all…

  7. Oh, uh…sure…President Dubyaa will CERTAINLY do a …flyover for the folks down South! Why, he’s Southerner too, ya know??He FEELS for them! in his HEART!!! yeah right

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