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I had a great visit with two old friends over the weekend! We meant to knit a bit, but, alas, we kind of forgot to amidst all of our yacking, eating, yacking, walking, yacking, siteseeing, and yacking -- besides, it wasn't the greatest knitting weather (humid, in the 90's, no air conditioner...).
The past few weeks I have not been knitting as much as I hoped to.
Case in point: I signed up for Mystery Stole 3 quite a while ago, but, um, this is what my stole looks like right now:
You might say I'm a little behind. Two clues have already been released, and another is coming in a few days. Hopefully I'll be able to get started soon...
I'm finished with the back of Iris G's Pencil Sketch Camisole, and I'm working on the fronts.
I ended up using Debbie Bliss Cathay in an olive-y color for the contrasting band. The cotton/viscose/silk Cathay knits up more smoothly than the viscose/linen Pepe, and I really like the visual and textural interplay of the two yarns.
This photo is for Mel, who left a comment in my last post asking: "So how long before one of the cats is sporting the camisole?"
(I know it's kind of cheating, because Bug isn't actually inside the camisole, but I was a little worried about him wigging out and ripping it apart if I tried to stuff him in it ...)
Frankly, I wanted to see Helen or Slinkers in your now defunct sock, Mel.... maybe next time?!
For some reason, I have been quite lucky lately when it comes to blog contests. I won my very first Socks that Rock (and a pattern) from Brandy of The Purl Parables in her blogiversary contest. I think it's just lovely!
I also won a prize for contributing to Rachel's kitty Digit's recovery fund. Erika of Redshirt Knitting had a "thank you" drawing, and I won 10 (!) balls of Uruguay DK (merino/alpaca/silk) in a sagey green color that were donated by her reader, Katharine (who is apparently blogless, but exceedingly generous)! The color is off in this picture, but you get the idea... it's lovely stuff!
Lastly, I won yarn(!) from Rosina of Noteworthy Knits. I don't know what it is yet -- but I'm excited!
Bug: Yawn... are you almost finished with the photoshoot? I can barely keep my eyes open here -- being a model is exhausting!
This level of cuteness doesn't grow on trees, you know. It's hard to be "on" all the time... Trust me, you don't want to know what will happen if I get behind on my beauty sleep.
P.S. I just learned that Crazy Aunt Purl's kitty, Roy, passed away. We'll miss you, too, Roy.