Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Magical Closet Strikes Again....

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Things are getting messy around here as I try to figure out which knitting projects to take with me on my trip to Texas & Louisiana, where I'll spend the holidays with my family. (Blaine will come and join us in December, when he can take some vacation time from his job.) I'm leaving in two weeks--- on the dratted Amtrak train.

No, I cannot fly---I am petrified of flying. (And on the Amtrak I can get a whole room, so that I can lie down when I want to.)

Anyway, I was poking around in the Magic Closet when I found a mysterious bag---and when I opened it I found a UFO which I definitely need to finish. It's a shortie "cropped", drop-sleeved fair-isle cardigan (which I'll have to steek) knitted out of Kauni yarn. Instead of using one colorway staggered in different areas of the color changes, to achieve that wonderful "waves of color" effect that Kauni is known for (like in the Ruth Sorensen cardigan), I mixed two different colorways to see what would happen. And I have decided I like the effect. I mixed the multi-colored EQ with the purple/black/grey colorway (ET, I think.) And you can't tell by this crummy picture but the ribbing on the cardigan is 4 st cables, which I thought would be interesting.

Also in that bag I found 5 more skeins of EQ and 2 1/2 hanks of the ET--yahoo! More than enough for another sweater or two.

All that is left to do is to finish a sleeve. And also, I have an interesting plan for the buttonband area.

As usual, Leonard is too nosy for his own business.

Soooo....the question is....should I take the UFO cardigan on my trip? I am only allowing myself one duffel bag of knitting for the trip. I have a bunch of red Cascade Eco Wool that I was thinking of knitting myself a totally red cardigan out of---but that bulky Eco Wool sure does take up a lot of packing room.

Hmmmmm.....I have that unfinished psychedelic shawl that would scrunch up into a stuffed duffel bag quite nicely....

And the Kauni scrunches up good.

And the wondrous Magical Closet has many more undiscovered prizes....

I just don't know....

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7 comments:

Lynne said...

Definitely take it, looking forward to seeing finished sweater. Its gorgeous by the way, well done using the two colors.

Bo... said...

Thank you very much, Lynne! I think I'll take your suggestion and take it on the trip!

#8 said...

beautiful job on the kauni sweater, I agree, take that UFO with you.

Joanne said...

How very pretty and inspiring. I look forward to seeing it when you've completed it. Take it with you!

meezermeowmy said...

Two words: space bag! Vacuum pack that yarn, and you could take everything there is time to knit and more. (They used to be hard to find, now Wal-Mart carries them in the closet accessories dept.)

And yes, the cardigan should go along. You'll think of it all the time you are apart, eh?

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Seriously? I want a magic closet. And an amtrak trip (to anywhere, really). And that gorgeous kauni sweater. A lady at our local SnB wore her just-finished vest and the result was more AMAZING in person than I could ever have imagined by the pictures, so I'm sure your sweater is stunning. You *must* finish it.

Also, I think Target has the space bags. Y'know; in case you really did get on Wal-Mart's banned-for-life list. :)

Bo... said...

Thanks, you guys! And I think I will definitely look for some space bags---I hadn't even thought of that, and it's a good idea.