Shawn L. Bird

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let’s pile something else onto the plate, shall we? November 19, 2012

Filed under: projects,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:34 pm
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For the first time since Day 4 of NaNoWriMo I am actually above par.  Whoo hoo! I should be at 31666 and I’m at 32,058.  The last couple of days I’ve done several hundred extra to catch up from some slower days.  There is no respite when you’re heading to a goal.  If you slow down, you just have to work harder later.  Steady, consistent effort is less stressful in the long run.

I recently found a gorgeous knitting magazine called Filati Handknitting.  It’s a marketing and design vehicle for Lana Grossa yarns, which though it sounds Italian, comes from Germany if I read the abbreviations correctly.  I found 3 projects I love in the magazine, and decided yesterday to start on the first one, this coat:

So here’s yesterday’s effort.  To get gauge I ended up using 12 mm needles, which is really speeding the project along! Instead of buying the very expensive mohair yarn recommended for this pattern (Elle, total $235 Cdn), I am mixing acrylic yarns.  The silver blue chenille I purchased in a liquidation style 5 lb bag of unlabelled yarn at a department store and I am mixing it with on sale James C Brett Fusion Chunky, which is a grey/pink/purple varigated  boucle with threads of yellow and orange twisted in.  I think the combination is quite interesting, and I suspect it will be even nicer than the model’s coat when it’s done.  Here’s the first 12″ of the back, showing the varigation through all three colours.



Day 19 NaNoWriMo total: 3486   (November total, 32,058)

Actually, about 800 words of this total was actually written yesterday, but my internet cut out before I could update the count for the day.


4 Responses to “let’s pile something else onto the plate, shall we?”

  1. You absolutely amaze me in how much you get done. Truly the most productive person I know! 🙂

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      It’s because I don’t do any house work, Catherine. It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t do those mundane tasks! I think I might have to embroider a sampler with Diana Gabaldon’s quote: “If women’s work was never done, why trouble about how much of it wasn’t being accomplished at any given moment?” 😉 (I am very thankful for my housekeeper and my tolerant and self-sufficient husband. Oh. I don’t sleep either. (She says yawning after only 3 hours sleep last night).

  2. olbigjim Says:

    Oh yes, this is going to be a gorgeous coat. The colors you’ve chosen are going to be eyepopping! Really, you must model it for us when it’s done.

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