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Archive for January, 2011

On June 1, 2008 I wrote a post about the first Bow Tucks bag I made and included a tutorial for it.  I had no idea how popular it would be.  This past week someone linked the post and on Thursday it had  1,067 views.  791 people viewed it yesterday.  Amazing.  This is not the first time this post has been linked by someone with lots of views, but it’s a record.

I think more tutorials will be in the works for this year.  But I really think it’s that cute ladybug fabric that really does it.  To say nothing of the great pattern.  I want to try out the mini.

That is, as soon as the D.Min. dissertation is completed.  This is what it looks like in my living room right now. Note the highly neglected spinning wheel in the corner!  I have never been able to work at a desk, so I’m writing from a chair in the living room with books, papers, and notecards spread all around. (Parsonage furniture, not mine, for those of you who know me.)  Mishka is not happy because she has to compete with the books, etc. at my feet.

The dining room table (also not my furniture) has my “storyboard” with sheets of paper with chapter titles piled with notecards for each chapter.  Probably not the best of organizing systems, but hey. Note my new tagine on the table, as neglected as the spinning wheel, alas!

As of last night I have completed 47 of the required minimum 75 pages for the draft.  I think I’ll make it, but have a few more days of writing to squeeze in before my self-imposed deadline of January 25.  Did I mention I hate trying to get footnotes and bibliography in the right format?  The compete draft is due in Washington on February 1.  It’s looking more and more like I might make it, but it’s still going to be a push.

I’ve been loving working on this degree, but I am looking forward to getting back to some sewing, painting, and other fun stuff like blogging.

Not that working on a Doctor of Ministry hasn’t been fun, but I’m just saying . . .

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This yarn is so much fun.  Crazy Zauberball yarn from Schoppel Wolle allows you to use a simple sock pattern and still have the excitement of not knowing what it’s going to look like next.  This is the second pair of socks I’ve made for John with this yarn and he loves them.

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In spite of the fact that I haven’t been posting on this blog over the past year, I have still actually been working on fiber arts here and there.  Some of it has been for my Doctor of Ministry classes and dissertation project, and some has just been regular knitting and such.  So. . . . I thought it might be time to start trying to record things again.  A New Year’s resolution if you will.

I’m in the midst of writing my dissertation and am beginning to see an end to that.  But I don’t want to post those projects until the dissertation is complete and turned in.  The finished product is due April 15.

What I’m working on right now is the Twisted Rib Cardigan from “Knitting Goes Large” by Sharon Brant.

I’m using Jo Sharp Luxury 8 ply DK Pure Wool in color 353 Fleur.  I have the back and one front side completed.  Now I’m working on the other side.

This is a great project because once I got the pattern down I could just knit on it in the evenings without really having to think about it.  Only problem is that it’s taking a pretty long time and by the time I finish it, the cold weather will be gone.  The fabric knitted with this pattern is REALLY heavy so this will be a very warm cardigan.

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