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Friday, June 22, 2007

Noro Kochoran 10 Update - Midsummer! and ECF!

In my Rose Pergola I proudly present the unfinished Noro Kochoran nr 10 Update.
As you see sleeves are done. And I desperately need a collar - since it is WIDE in the neck. And it is short. My Budda Belly sticks out, though in this first picture I cleverly hide that fact. Im so sorry I have not been updating as often as I would like. You see my free time is really sailing, knitting and garden. But this week I put in 14 - 21 (!) workhours a day trying to keep all my committments. Im so thankful for my work, I love what I do. Now an odd task has been putting together an internal conferences and selecting speakers, and Im preparing a course to go to India (Chennai) to teach collegues more about my expertise area. Meanwhile Im at the embassy getting visa, handling mail, planning program, and writing frenetically on my Licenciate thesis (A very Swedish degree- it is "inbetween" the Masters and the PhD). It is like a dress rehearsal for the PhD. I love it. But of course I blog about my hobbies. Right? Anyhow time for some Knitting science! Im having a long conversations with myself on what to do with this Shrug/Cardigan. And I need your help! Some of my options Im contemplating. 1: I have ONE yarnball of the same colour but in IRO (much darker) my plan was to add this on a VERY loose almost large lace/net knit to get length, and then add the colourway (203) of Kureyon who surprisingly is the same colourway (and that I just bough several balls of - and started a separate cardi) - Pro: I use what I have. Con: The 203 could be put to better use in other cardi, and - it might look ridiculus with the dark lace bottom and collar. 2. Accept the fact that this is a HOT and warm cardi - but sneakily and colourblind just go for another Kochoran - I happen to have stocked 4 skeins of in nature beige. That could easily go for a collar and a bottom part. Pro: All Kochoran at use. Con. I just do not like the colour combo - otherwise that would already been done. And that Iro ball is just waiting to get used. 3. Crawl to the altar - and just be a rich bitch and buy the yarn in US (and pay up my nose) - to make it a GREAT sweater. Pro: Obvious. Con- the idea of this Sale yarn is lost, and it a simple and rather boring solution, isn't it? 4. Use the Iro to finish the edge and make a collar - AND GO ON A DIET so Budda belly is not such a eyecatcher. Pro: That was the intention when yarn bought. Con: Im such a computer geek that Im glued to the screen - When will I have time and energy to slim down? Im such a couch potato. Solution? HELP! Being a Libra, I cannot choose this! Also a great trick I learned when I was doing my Therapeut education is: If someone tells you to choose something - you will immediately know if that choice is wrong! My garden is fantastic. This last picture had a good setting, but pinning it together with the needles were not the hot solution.. No, not my house, the next door in background. Im not a fan of tiles. Today is Midsummer Eve. The shortest night in the year in Sweden. Does not get dark until 10 and gets light about 2-2.30. That is SHORT. But a bit cloudy.. still a fantastic time in Sweden- I would call it "the best". We got married on this day many years ago. And Im still happy and in love. Peonies and Clematis competes with the Roses for my attention. Husband - Hubby (australian nick name of husband) got it. And I just feel that summer vacation like Paradise (mening garden!) Only three weeks of work and studies. First Tallin- Estonia next week. Then India Chennai. And then finally London - 9-12 July (ISSTA). Definitely some yarn hunting between lectures and teachings. Unfortunately I will miss the Thursday evening knittinggroup at Liberties in UK.
But I doubt there will be time to reach Stash. Anyhow. Fantastic situation. I must say I have never been so happy in my life. And I have worked for it (and are still working on midsummer)... So, It will be short Saturday updates here for awhile. But On my vacation I will keep you much better posted. And Yeah Zoe- I think the teacup idea is great - It is more about WHEN... now I feel I have to much on my plate to sort it out. Ill swap you. PLEASE dear readers - VOTE on what option you think I should go for - or if you have a new creative idea to solve the Kochoran puzzle. I have contemplated going for a full angora as well. Hmm.


HPNY Knits said...

your garden is gorgeous!
I like option # 2. I have never seen 2 Noro colors that do not go together. there is always an affinity! and it is at a perfect place for it. I'd use 2 balls at once for the back (in the same row, not alternating rows. for shorter color repeats) and one each for the two fronts, not matching. it will be intersting. maybe a very long ribbing even?
my second choice is get more of the same color. it will look nice.
by the way- Thursday at Liberty is no longer. they had the last one a few months ago.

Zoe said...

Happy Anniversary. I would go for number two also. Hpny knit's idea sounds good. I hope you might be able to join in the swap. It will be quite a simple one and I'll set a deadline and let you know. No pressure. :D

BertandFelix said...

Humm...I have seen Noro sweaters knitted out of different colors and it is fabulous! Go with your instincts.

If you are really unsure, then spring for the same color and spend the money. You want a sweater that you will wear.

Happy Anniversary!!!!

villaa ylle said...

GRATTIS på bröllopsdagen!
Ljuvliga pioner och clematis. Min Festiva Maxima har nyss slagit ut:)
Jag är säker på att du hittar på en bra lösning för tröjan. Jag skulle kanske sprätta ärmarna och sticka tröjan färdig med garnet. Ärmarna och kragen kunde bli i det beiga garnet med början i Kocharan. Kanske något kul spets- eller annat mönster på ärmar och krage.

Sue Wallace said...

I say # 3, the U.S. dollar is in the dumpster, it won't cost you that much, and you'll have yhe sweater you wanted

heidi said...

Grattis på bröllopsdagen, må er gemensamma framtid bli lika bra som den tycks ha varit hittills.

Trädgården är helt fantastisk. Jag måste erkänna att det är en aning svårbegripligt att du reser så mycket när du har det så underbart på hemmaplan:)

skall bli spännande att se hur du väljer att fortsätta koftan.