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I just want to take a moment to register the fact that I am delightfully overwhelmed. I have a gown to create by December, and I have most of the fabric for it. (Must finish designing the surcoat.) At the same time, I need to clean at least part of the house today, and possibly knit another pair of baby booties. (Baby shower tomorrow.) I need to do laundry. I also need to sit down and spin. I'm never going to get any better at spinning unless I actually do it.

What I really want to do, however, is design fair-isle socks based on stained glass windows and medieval jewelry. I want to knit these little gems and wear tiny works of art. And then I want to do a little dance.

Obsessed? Maybe a little bit.

Also, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitty Gritty episode aired again yesterday, and it should be on my TiVo. I need to watch that.
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Besides being appropriate for this entry, this icon is entirely [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre's fault. He said the words; I merely brought the icon into being. However, I forsee a rash of "Rrruffs have rrridges!" icons coming on. There are so many pictures for which such a phrase would make sense. Including the following.

[livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I went to The True Arte of Defense in Couer du Val last Saturday. It was a good deal of fun. It was also incredibly relaxed. I cannot express how lovely it was to be able to just sit around and knit and observe and chat with wonderful people, including [livejournal.com profile] lady_anyanka and [livejournal.com profile] brother_al, my parents. We carpooled with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] fearga, who teamed up with me to create the winning entry for the Artisan's Take-Down! We won through both extreme skill and guile. Though, honestly, I don't think this project required much guile--most people looked at it and remarked, "Awwwwww!" Some of them, including [livejournal.com profile] fearga and I, just laughed hysterically.
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All in all, the Elizabethan Kitten wielded the power given to all tiny, handmade kittens and carried the day. [livejournal.com profile] fearga and I came home with a lovely blue leather gauntlet (which fits none of us, but would work well for youth combat), a brown wool hood (which also fit none of us, but went home with [livejournal.com profile] fearga for her lovely daughter), and a very punny iron "E". We also brought home the kitten, which now resides in my workbasket.

And speaking of tiny handmade kittens: several of you have asked what the knitted kittens look like. I finally have some photos. I also need to post the final instructions for kitten assembly (thank you to [livejournal.com profile] hlmauera for taking the photos for that), but that will come later.
Kittens! )

In other news, I have been obsessed with socks lately. I can now make socks without even looking at a pattern, and that pleases me greatly. I made a pair of socks for Egil's. These socks can do tricks!
The Amazing Purple Socks! )

I think that's enough for now. Next entry: [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan's forays into the Black Sheep Gathering and the Saga of [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre's Socks!

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