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The cleo clutch has made me realize a simple truth.  I don’t hold myself to the same standard when I’m working on a project for myself as I do when it’s for someone else.

The more I mess up the cables, the more I knit myself into a corner and have to improvise (by, for example, running out of purple and adding more colors) the more I’m liking this project…  even realizing that, if it comes out right and I get the wallet I’ll be carrying it everywhere with me.   I’m enjoying the heck out of it, errors and all.

Just as long as it felts OK and the size is right, I’ll be happy with it.

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Mindlessly Complex

About half-wayThe current ‘alpha’ project is a birthday dress for my little niece, who will soon be turning four.  It’s the “Merry Maiden’s Dress” from Interweave Knits Spring 2007 issue.

The bodice was very quick, k2p2 ribbing all around.  The sleeves went well too, once I had memorized the lace pattern.

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The skirt isn’t as slow as I’d worried it might be, but it’s still a complex pattern. 20 stitch cable panels with a 16 row repeat interspersed with lace panels expanding from 3 to 33 stitches, and an 8 row repeat (the same lace pattern as the sleeves, fortunately). So far I’ve finished a little more than 8 inches – the skirt should be 18″ total, but I’ll stop when I run out of time or yarn and just edge it there.

The yarn I’m using (Wendy Aran) comes in a one pound center pull ball… No luck finding a yarn sleeve for that, so I’ve improvised one with a gallon sized storage bag. Seems to work fine….

It almost keeps the cat out, too.

With any luck, I’ll finish it in time for her birthday and she won’t outgrow it before the next one.

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