This week I achieved one of my personal goals when Brenda Dayne invited me to be a guest on Cast On! YAY!

So I’ll be chatting pretty much non-stop this week on the podcast, Brenda could hardly get a word in sideways, and you’re free to listen in.

Of course, actually GETTING the interview done was a bit of a hurdle. We’re having a section of our basement floor opened up for a new drain (remember the roots-in-the-sewer-line problem this summer?) and during one of our interview periods THIS was the sound throughout the house…

While you’re listening, if you’re so inclined, take a moment and consider donating to Brenda’s cast. She does a professional quality podcast that many folks enjoy, and that takes a lot of time and not a little money (bandwidth, etc.) Even just a tiny bit makes a big difference – think of it as the knitter’s community rent party! And you’ll get a sock pattern…

Creative Knitting

It was also a HUGE treat to get my copy of Creative Knitting and see the very kind profile Bobbie Matela wrote. We had a lovely lunch at TNNA back in June (when I was practically bald… I swear, everyone thought I was getting chemo, not Gerry…)

Bobbie is such a warm and easy-to-talk-to person. I’m sorry she’s gone from CK, but glad that she’s at Coats & Clark (and working with Nancy Thomas – lucky women – I think they’ll make a pretty dynamic duo!)

The Sideways Spencer Redux group is moving along well – excellent questions are coming in from the participants, and I’m working right alongside them!

Yesterday I cast on while waiting for Gerry’s Physical Therapy, then I took a few hours later in the day to luxuriate in the Malabrigo Merino Worsted Peach Tree that I’m using.

I’m making my size (famous last words I’ll probably just end up felting the darn thing down to Hannah’s size during a midnight laundry session…)

Speaking of felt – I’ve been playing around with different felting techniques – stretching fabric before felting, after felting, shaping the felted fabric, etc. This hat is nowhere near where I’d like it to be, but it was a good experiment for the brim – and Hannah looks adorable.

Bag Swag Hag
At TNNA I visited the Namaste booth – I really like the beauty of their needles and used them in some of the shots for Twist & Loop. I’m SO THRILLED that they have delicious bags now!

We chatted for a bit – they’re such lovely folks – and surprise! I just got a gorgeous bag in the mail last night!!

If there were one bag I’d like to have, well – I just got it! (and I’m not usually a purse or bag nut – I like them, I use them, but I don’t run to them like a lot of folks do…)

That was so kind – and this bag is amazingI feel like I’m set for life! I’m totally blown away – Thank you, Kelly! I feel positively guilty for getting it. But not guilty enough to send it back…

Surplice Siesta
I took the day off from the surplice (have I mentioned lately how much I love this yarn – oh, yeah, I have…)

I had finished one sleeve and just wasn’t happy with the drape of it (the cap looked skimpy) so I ripped the last 5″ out last night and I’ll rework it today.

Multi Tasking
I really LOVE having several exciting projects to dance between, it keeps my mind nimble and keeps me from getting bogged down. Right now I have the Spencer sample, the surplice, a hat I’m going to work up in Shaeffer and a facemask I’m fiddling with… It’s COLD here…

I find that when I move from one project to another, I have to reacquaint myself with the pattern. This is a good thing, because it allows me to be as close as possible to the mindset of someone approaching the pattern fresh.

I find odd mistakes or unclear instructions that might not have leaped out at me if I just kept my head down and barreled through one project at a time.

I don’t always have this luxury – sometimes there’s a deadline and I have to be single minded – but this is a nice little episode of creativity I’m experiencing now, so I’m basking!

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