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Works in progress
Duo long sleeve kid's sweater, Spring 03 Knitty, Frosty blue Lion Brand Cotton-Ease - 60% done
V-Neck sweater, Yarn Girls (Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Pewter) - 90% done (need to rip out upper sleeve and reknit)
Spring green sweater tank (Katia Idea Jean, size 9 circular) - 80% done

Need to start
Something for my Secret Santee (due by Friday- eek!) Hat for Harry

Finished projects
Fall 2003
Green basket weave hat for me (Lion Brand Kool Wool in Grass, 3.25 sts=1", size 8 bamboo needle, cast on 64 sts)
Meghan's 12th Birthday hat(Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Rose Heather, double strand, 4 st=1", size 3 bamboo needle, cast on 70 sts)
Rachel's 12th Birthday hat (Wool-Ease Chunky in Walnut, 3 sts=1", cast on 54 sts)
Jayla's blue hat - 8 months, head=18" (pre-felted yarn, blue-white varigated, 4.5 sts=1", size 3 needle, cast on 64 sts)
Kerin's Hannukah 2003 Hhat (Manos purple varigated, 3.5 sts=1", size 8 bamboo needle, cast on 66.5 stitches)
Baby hat w/ leftover Manos, head=13" (3.5 sts=1", size 8 bamboo needle, cast on 38 sts)
Baby hat w/ leftover felted yarn (4.5 sts=1", size 3 needle, cast on 50 sts)
Josh's Third Times' a Charm Hat (Noro silk/wool, double strand I think, 2.5-3 sts=1", cast on 46 sts)
Justin's Hannukah 03 Hat (Lamb's Pride Bulky in charcoal, 3-4 sts=1", cast on 57-76 sts, I forgot)
Julie's Christmas 03 Hat using FCEK Seed Stitch Cap (Cleckheaton Gusto 10 in black, cast on 44 st)
Sophie's blue striped hat (Debbie Bliss Cashmerino aran, held double, 3 sts=1", cast on 56 sts, 39 rows)
Matching American Girl Doll Hat, head=13" (Debbie Bliss Cashmerino aran, held double, 3 sts=1", cast on 32 sts, 22 rows)
Eric's Hannukah 03 Hat (Rowan Plaid in Storm, 3 sts=1", 4 rows, size 3 bamboo needle, cast on 60 sts)
Lisa's Hannukah 03 Ski Hat (Reynolds Lopi in baby blue, 4 sts=1", cats on 80 sts)
Lisa J.'s baby hat (Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Prosperous Plum, 3.5 sts=1", size 3 needle)
4 American Girl doll scarves for 4 cousins
Spring 2003
White/baby blue/yellow/green cotton hat for Jayla
Pink/green hat for Jayla
Pink/green striped washcloth/burp cloth for Jayla
Baby blue and white Polarfleece hat for Rachel
"Skully" hat for Sandy
Hat for Lily (Plymouth Indecita Alpaca, size 8 bamboo circular needles, held double strand, cast on 60 sts)
Hat for Zach
Cel phone case
Birthday skully for Kerin
Pink merino hat for Skylar (Debbie Bliss merino dk, size 3 & 6 circular)
Hat for Tracy's baby
(lavendar merino Zara, held double strand, size 10 circular) Purple soft hat for me
(GGH Aspen 50/50 Merino Wool/Acrylic, size 11 Addi Turbo, cast on 62 sts, 2.85 sts=1")
Green and blue tweed hat for Dad (Donegal Tweed, size 11 Addi Turbo, cast on 48 sts, 2.82 sts=1")
Yellow cotton washcloth
Red puffy hat for me (Puffy merino wool, size 15 cast on wood dps, cast on 39 sts, 2 sts=1")
2 American Girl Doll scarves (Red Heart variegated)
Green merino scarf (Rowan big wool 100% merino wool, size 19 Addi Turbo circular & 19 straights)

D Knitty
Danielle's Knitting Blog
Sunday, April 20, 2003  
I have been a knitting blog slacker and a knitting slacker. But I've been so stressed out about work. I was offered a new position at my company about 2-3 weeks ago and I still don't know when I will start. The HR people told me they talked to my boss about my start date and then she denied that such a conversation took place. But it looks like the change will probably happen in 2-3 weeks because the HR person asked me for my boss' availability to interview people next week. The whole thing has been so exhausting. Josh and I come home from work and just park our butts on the couch. Today we took a little trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. It was a pretty nice day but once the sun started going down, it got cold and uncomfortable quickly. The Japanese Garden smelled amazing. It was amazing how many Chasidic Jews we saw. I don't think I've ever seen as many in one place.
4/20/2003 08:07:00 PM

Tuesday, April 15, 2003  
On Friday I received my Lion Brand order. I bought materials for two projects- a v-neck sweater from the Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits and the Dynamic Duo kid's sweater from Knitty. I haven't picked up the $80 tank is at least a week but I needed a break from it. I had been making good progress but I wanted a different project. By Saturday, I had knit most of the back piece of the V-neck sweater. I am using Wool-Ease Chunky so it knits up super fast. There are only 42 stitches per row and 2 stitches per inch. I am using size 13 circular Addi Turbos so that makes it even faster. Still, I am concerned that the weave is too loose and that the yarn will be totally fuzzy and sheddy. Also, the length of the back is 22"- 3 inches away from the final size and it looks so damn long. Well, for my first sleeved sweater, that will be ok. I can always wear it around the house and it will have only cost me $30 in yarn as opposed to $150 if I had used the yarn the book recommended. I haven't started the Dynamic Duo sweater yet. It's for my soon to be 6 years old niece Sophie's birthday, which is in June, so I have a little time. I am using the recommended yarn, Cotton-Ease in icy blue with skinny white stripes. I'll probably do a gauge swatch this week just so I can return the needles I don't need (I had ordered a range of sizes). OK, time to get dressed. I'm feeling so slow and sleepy and would rather crawl back in bed but this will probably be a very busy day. I may have to go to the Social Security Office to apply for my married name card and my soon-to-be-old boss and soon-to-be-new bosses have lots of work for me this morning.
4/15/2003 07:49:00 AM

Thursday, April 10, 2003  
Diagnosis: I have rotator cuff tendinitis and trochanteric bursitis. That explains my shoulder and hip pain. The doctor prescribed Vioxx which is a hardcore anti-inflammatory. It really helps during the day but it fades by the evening. I just downed three generic Advil to try to temper the pain. I can't sit in my favorite position at the computer (indian or tailor style) because my hip hurts so damn much. Then again, it hurts when I'm not sitting that way. Really, it is time to get back to the gym. After this pain fades of course. I need to get a referral for a rheumatologist because it is just not natural for a 27 year old woman who is not an athlete or even remotely active to have this kind of problem.
4/10/2003 08:49:00 PM

I knit my first baby bootee. It's unsewn and it's only one but it's a bootee. Later I will start the other bootee. I bought 50 Baby Bootees to Knit and have found a wealth of small projects. I showed Beth the book and she ooed and aahed at a lot of the bootees but said that you simply cannot use buttons, sewn bobbles, tassels, bells and other small round things that babies can swallow on bootees or any other clothing item. Almost every bootee in the book has some illicit attachment. What was going through this designer's mind?
4/10/2003 08:44:00 PM

Thursday, April 03, 2003  
Check out these Bizarro passover stickers. We found them at our neighborhood Genevese (local drug store chain), along with a bunch of other strange and funny Passover paraphanalia. We told Josh's dad about them and he asked us to buy one of each for him. So we got him a Matzo balloon, a Matzo beach ball, a Passover dart board and a "Ten Plagues" Game that included replicas of the plagues, just like the stickers. All are from this Shulsinger Judaica Ltd company. I guess the Chosen People are not exempt from cheesy holiday commercialism.
4/03/2003 02:32:00 PM

Tuesday, April 01, 2003  
Sidebar I went to a focus group last night for a Campari tasting. It was sort of strange. I can't figure out if it was a true focus group or if it served the same purpose as a free movie screening- spread the word. n this case, I was paid $75 to sip 4 different Campari cocktails and give my opinion. I had never tasted the stuff before, but was intrigued. We tasted Campari with club soda- yuck, Campari with OJ- good, Campari with Grapefruit juice- yum, and Campari with tonic water- yum. I really liked the Campari with grapefruit juice and tonic water. The next time I'm out, I'll definitely order a Campari cocktail. Mission accomplished. Need to take a break from knitting because my right shoulder is totally killing me! It must be knitting related because I have been doing a lot of knitting. Probably also due to stress because I still haven't heard back from the job interview I had two weeks ago. If I'm going to get it, I want to start telling people and not keep it bottled up inside. I've been taking Advil for my shoulder and doing a little heating pad action. It's got to be tendon or ligament related.
4/01/2003 07:43:00 AM

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