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Ravelry is a pretty amazing place. Not only is it an incredible database of patterns and a personal database of all things knitting for me, it is a place where I have “met” some fantastic people.

It appears that I am in the middle of an inadvertent KAL (knit along) with one such friend.

I cast on Conic, as you know, and my friend Judy (from Ohio, where Finn used to live!) cast on shortly after I did. We have had a nice back and forth online, updating each other on progress and asking each other about opinions on any changes we were contemplating. (That has got to be another blog post — how I think I know better than people who write the pattern and insist on changing it, all the time.) I did not change this pattern at all except to change needle size on the cuff ribbing, but I think Judy must REALLY hate picking up stitches because she was contemplating provisional cast ons on some edges.

It’s really nice to have someone cheer you on as you are knitting away on many stitches (>400) on small-ish (US2) needles. I had the ribbing done in a few days, and I actually wore Conic to work this past Monday!

I think Judy is on her last bit of ribbing as well now, and I think she will be able to wear the shrug to work on Friday. I can’t wait to see the finished object photo of her shrug!!

Conic was a really fun knit, and I expected nothing less of Cookie A. She, after all, singlehandedly turned me on to knitting socks. I knit mine out of Wollmeise 100% Merino sock (of course, a sock yarn. So appropriate.) in a deep, almost-cranberry red called Ruby Thursday. The construction is really interesting — you knit the spine down the back, and then do the big dolman sleeves attached to this spine. From a knitting progression perspective, it’s really satisfying because the sleeves get progressively small in big increments — so once you have gone through about 5 sets of decreases, the knitting feels like it flies off the needles.

From a wearability standpoint, I thought it sat on my body pretty well. I felt like I kept on tugging on it at the back, but I am not quite used to the shape of this garment — it’s not quite a sweater. By the middle of the day, I was done fiddling with it.

I have a really funny suspicion that Conic will not stay in my wardrobe for long. I am pretty sure my little sister will try to weasel it out of me. (Mesmerize me into giving it to her, actually. She’s really good at that.)

I can always knit another!

PS WIP Wednesday admission. I’m too busy casting on new projects. But Waterfall is still out on my coffee table, sneering at me.

I participate in the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC) on Ravelry, where I am a member of Slytherin House. As we near the end of each month, I put on the jets to finish the projects that I intend to finish for the monthly classes.

My goal this term is to hand in at least one sweater a month, and for the longer term projects (O.W.L. and Order of the Phoenix), I am also doing sweaters. My rationale is that instead of knitting small projects and handing in many classes, I should try to maximize the bonus points (while I don’t know how bonus points are calculated, I know there are bonus points for yardage). I have been told, after all, that I am a fast knitter and I think that in the end, perhaps I will end up amassing more points than I would have had I handed in small projects.

That…and of course, my secret goal this year of knitting 12 sweaters, 12 pairs of socks and 12 shawls this year. I’ll update you on my Secret Project Crazypants some other time. (Mostly because I am not giving up on S.P.C. just yet.)

This term, I have already handed in two items so far. My Levenwick sweater, and the SSSSpiral Cowl.

I’m working on two more things that I hope to complete by Sunday.

First, Romi Hill’s Carson. Carson is the first in this year’s Small Shawls Collection. I got this shawl on the needles as soon as I cast off Rosa Flora. When I saw the pattern, I knew I wanted to knit mine in something tweedy. Being totally virtuous on this project, I decided to use Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply that I have had in my stash since either 2004 or 2005 (since the yarn has been discontinued since then, I’m pretty sure it’s that old!). I have oodles of this stuff, but the trick was to find the colors that I have enough of and would work in a multi-color shawl. As you can see from the photo, I’m just a few rows away from binding off. I am probably going to have to introduce another color for the last few rows so that will be a bit tricky. I think I will be able to finish knitting this shawl, block it, and photograph it by the end of the weekend.

Second, I am also in pretty good shape on Cookie A’s Conic. I’m knitting this out of Wollmeise 100% in Ruby Thursday. This sweater is such a fun knit. At first, I wasn’t sure about knitting this. I fell in love, though, when I read Cookie A’s blog post about this shrug. I think it is genius how versatile this shrug is, and how great it looks on so many body types. I think I can throw this on over a shift and be completely work-worthy!!! I’m on sleeve #2, but after I finish that (the total beauty of the construction….you decrease 20 stitches every 9 rows. It gets smaller and faster!!!), I have to pick up >450 stitches and knit 2×2 rib for 3 inches so I will likely be cutting it relatively close on finishing this by Sunday.

Of course, if I finish with time to spare, I will be working on my O.W.L. sweater, or Waterfall.

I know. I’ve not told you what my O.W.L. sweater is. I will. Soon.

Any deadline knitting on your needles?