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Sorry to be so vulgar, but I’ve finally finished my first adult knitted garment. The candy stripes cardigan is done and here it is:


Drop stitch cardigan front

And back:

Drop stitch cardigan back

Yarn: Acrylic from Shillong. Less than 600 gms both colours together.

Needles: Pony 3.75 mm and 4.5 mm straights (pattern calls for 4.5 and 5.00mm)

Pattern: Robin Wools sheet from Shillong (Rs 10 per sheet)

Time: Over 2 weeks

Size: Me!

Extra: #1 First-ever adult garment!

#2 Used the largest size number of stitches and worked it to my size measurements

#3 Read what Nona says about process vs product. I’m not sure I like the fit of this cardigan either, but I liked making it. And of course, I look nothing like this: :-p

I got my CAT PAC for April from Kathleen today. First, the yarny goodness:


This includes Caron Simply Soft, TLC Cotton Plus, Moda Dea Ticker Tape (oh, the frivolity of it!) and Sugar 'n Cream. The first three are all new to me. Yummy!

Then of course, since I need to know what to do with these: Crochet! and

and: Pattern sheets

Now you know why it took me half an hour just to go through the box.

In non-yarny goodness,


Tea! and some cute cats:


Not shown here, a couple of lovely postcards from the coast, a ticket to ride on the Chesapeake Beach Railway and a bio introducing Kathleen. A very thoughtful PAC. My week is made.

So I've been working on my piece of fluff cardigan from this pattern:

Robin Wools pattern

And so far I have the back:

Back panel

And one front panel, the left one:

Left front

You might be forgiven for thinking the white bit is the sleeve cuff, but not. It's the bottom ribbing. Seeing how stretchy the whole thing is, it might be too large for me. Then we shall have to look for an innocent victim delighted surprisee for it, shan't we? Candy stripes, anyone?

Oh, and does anyone know about these Robin Wools and Wendy pattern leaflets? They're British and I know the yarns are still being sold (not the ones in the patterns, but from the same companies), but I don't know when they were published. Any info you have is welcome.

Warning: Image-heavy post

From our recent trip to Shillong, here are some flowers. If you can identify them, please do!

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Less than two weeks away and WordPress refuses to recognise me! Got over that problem though with a brand-new password. Here is what I've done, yarn-wise: Dropped stitch cardigan

It's something for me and I love the colours (tacky, icky, who cares?). But squeezing 184 stitches (plus yarnovers) onto a 13.2" long 4.5 mm (Size 7) straight aluminium needle is making my hand turn into a claw…I like the dropped stitch, though, having used it earlier on a shrug for my niece (my first sweater for her).


Well, with a cover like that, I couldn't just leave it at the book sale and walk away, could I? I hope it's a good read.

And then:


There's a writer I know and love. 

I also found a copy of KnitLit (too), but I put it back…heartwarming stories of people knitting don't sound very attractive right now…gasp!

I bought this book today:


And I find there's a blog attached! What fun. 

Also bought (being uninformed about Western classical music):


And on one of my favourite writers:


So now I'm set for that interrupted air trip to the northeast. Still haven't decided what to do with the hooks and needles. Probably check them in. 

Undeserving I might have been, but I've been thoroughly spoilt by my spoiler, Ruth*. She sent me a box filled with individually wrapped goodies:

What patience and care to wrap each thing separately! What's more, some providence made the box arrive on my birthday, so you can imagine what fun I had unwrapping everything.

Lots of yarny goodness: Debbie Bliss Maya in 05

A lovely pale blue cashmere lacewight from Hipknits:

It looks good enough to eat! Some more from Hipknits, silk lacewight this time:

Then some yarn from Handpainted yarn which I'm hoping to knit into a purse:

Then the yarns spun (or dyed) by Ruth herself for me: This is 50% wool and 50% silk

12 hanks of this mmmmmMohair:

Doesn't it look like a sheep?!

My first wood-y hooks (the packs said needles, but I'm guessing 😉 they're hooks, and made of Indian wood, besides!):

Then this monster thing of beauty:

My dream-come-true! Tunisian hooks in ebony and bamboo:

And to go with them, naturally,

This book is now out of print, but I have a copy now, yay!

Also, this thread (rayon, linen…):

Some non-yarny goodness:

A thriller:

Strawberry soap:


Mind that drool puddle!

And tantantara…the ultimate spoilingness:

It's official, you may please refer to me as Princess or Your Spoiled Highness from now on.

* She of and wonderfully funky hats and yarn.

Here's what I got from the CLBFX for my birthday from Kimberly:

The yarn is Bernat Denimstyle in colour Canvas. It is already halfway to becoming a vest for a friend's son. Hopefully the two skeins will be enough. There are also a knit dishcloth, some patterns, a picture postcard of Houston,a greeting card and a notebook.

From Jennifer I got these:

A cute card and a smiley face, a pen and huge ball of Aunt Lydia's Baby Denim in pale blue. Yippee, more cotton for me to play with, to add to the Phildar and Rio I got in an earlier CAT PAC.

CLBFX has been fun, if a bit nervewracking while waiting to hear that packages have reached the intendees.

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