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February 16, 2007

Finished Sophie

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It's hard to describe the color of the yarn but Purl Soho calls it "Yakima Heather" (Color #9459). It's a dark greenish brown Cascade 220 with subtle shots of a mustard yellow. When it's felted, it has a bit more dimension than a solid color yarn.

I think this is either my 9th or 10th Sophie Felted Bag. Most have been given as gifts and two are living at the yarn store on display. This one, however, is mine (for now). It was what I was knitting while I was worrying about a loved one facing a serious surgery. (Everything turned out well). Today I bought some gorgeous fuschia Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride to use to finish an existing work-in-progress. WIth whatever I have leftover from that, I'll likely knit a small cell phone cozy to carry inside this Sophie.

My felting supplies:

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Zipper pillowcase
Old Jeans
Wool Wash
Top-loading washer

It never gets tiring making something quick and easy with a skein of wonderful yarn and then seeing the transformation when it emerges from some vigorous hot-water agitation. (I'm easily amused).

And, yes, I'm almost finished with my acid green (Kidsilk Haze "Jelly") lace capelet
but I also whipped up a quick head-hugging beanie (Ann Norling Leaflet #55 - Head Huggers by Gail Tanquaray):

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It's Mountain Colors 4/8ths wool in "Tamarack." It's a challenge getting this to photograph its true color. It's got a lot more "gold" in it than this. I intend to make another one of these for myself but I'm going to use a Size 7 circular needle instead of a Size 8. The ribbing was a bit on the loose side in the Size 8. However, it's a great basic hat pattern with references for sizes from infant to adult along with different gauges and ribbing patterns. It's similar to Ann Budd's approach in her series of books for figuring out your own knitting patterns that fit your gauge.

I was reading the BEST article today in the March 2007 Real Simple magazine while I was waiting for an oil change, "Half Full? Half Empty? You Decide." Here's a great quote from it, but I'll have to buy the magazine for myself and bookmark the article:

"It's amazing how much unhappiness we needlessly cause ourselves by ascribing negative meanings to simple things that happen in our lives. But it doesn't have to be that way. When we feel like this, we can learn to pause for a split second and ask ourselves these questions: How can I interpret what just happened in a way that gives me energy and propels me forward, rather than dragging me back and making me feel inadequate and frustrated?"

This article was written for people who assume the worst when somebody looks at them in a way that makes them feel something's wrong, or perhaps somebody has not responded to a conversation or some other form of communication in an expected way. There are people I know who have an internal dialogue with themselves in which they're convinced that others are looking at them, criticizing them or mocking them. Whether it's true or not, I think this quote from the article is a gem: "An empowering interpretation is just as valid as a disempowering one. You get to decide what impact life has on you. Make it positive."

I also got to read House Beautiful and Marie Claire (fresh, current issues) and eat freshly popped popcorn. It was like a boutique oil change once I decided to embrace the wait.