Sunday, November 07, 2004

Theo's Koigu sweater

Here it is! in a picture fresh from the ether. Theo has been working for Senator Kerry, setting the stage for rallies before the candidate arrived. In particular, he was in charge of arrangements for the press. After Tuesday's sad outcome, he spent a couple of days with his parents in CT before moving on with life -- I don't yet know whither. I had sent the sweater ahead to be waiting for him there.

The size looks good. Sleeves could even have been shorter. I hope the horizontal welts don't look too silly. It's hard to tell from the photograph.

Meanwhile back at the ranch I finished the first Wallaby sleeve last night and started the second. We'll be going to Kirkmichael in a couple of days, so progress will be arrested.

My Yarn Score

One of the things I do is keep track, in an Excel spreadsheet, of Yarn In and Yarn Out. It's a meaningless statistic -- the yarn for the recent Striped Fringe scarf, for instance, consisted of seven skeins of Louet Gems Merino. When the scarf was finished, I had seven oddballs. Score 7 in, 0 out, although the yarn was promptly and virtuously knitted.

But the score for 2004 is so far extremely good -- a Dr Who scarf in January knocked off a lot of oddballs, but even more important, I gave a substantial amount away.

In the best of years, grim November is a time when one is severely tempted to buy (unnecessary) yarn. This year is worse than usual, because one needs urgent cheering up after Kerry's defeat. But the spreadsheet is some curb to temptation. Whether or not a sufficient one, remains to be seen.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Jean, my dear - Theo's sweater looks great. I'm thinking, Koigu might be just the thing for getting through these darker-than-usual days. I'm teaching my neighbor to knit, and she decided she wanted to knit her husband a cashmere sweater. Far be it from me......... Anyway, we bought enough of the chunky Chinese cashmere for her sweater and I'm here to tell you, it's just lovely. She had hers died the "mushroom" color. So subtle and scrumptious. I say, do it! Love, Selma (who can't figure out how to post a comment that doesn't read Anonymous)