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Knitty surprise=Maggi surprise

If you notice that last post dated nearly three months ago, you'll have a sense that these days I don't expect to knit more than one serious garment per year. And with work, kids, Facebook & Twitter competing for my time, not to mention the affect Ravelry has had on many knitblogs (no regrets!), I consequently don't hold up my end of the blogging bargain as well as I did in the old days (I missed my blogiversary earlier this month ~ seven years!). So I am as surprised as anyone to find myself with a new sweater to report: Rooibos, designed by the talented Amy Swenson, which was offered as a "surprise" late-addition pattern in the winter issue of Knitty, right around the time the Olympics began.

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If I'd been inclined to participate in the Ravelympics, this was my project. I started it then, but it took me a bit longer to complete. The yarn is Rowan Plaid that I'd bought ages ago when it first came out. I even had a dear friend in London send me that pattern book for the yarn, but I soon realized that my climate was not the one for the heavy-sweater design I'd chosen. When I saw this loose yet fitted vest, I knew I had just the yarn in stash. I think I had to tweak needle size for gauge, but being able to do that -- and make adjustments to length -- is one of the reasons we love the handknits, right?

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I'm glad we had the one chilly day this week for me to debut this FO, because May is bringing us 90 degrees tomorrow! ALSO: my right arm doesn't appear in these pix because I have a brace on my wrist, having received a tendinitis diagnosis and cortisone shot to the elbow on Tuesday. I believe I injured my elbow in an early-February fall, slamming it on the cement basement floor, but I'm betting that knitting this sweet sweater  -- plus two scarves for my girls and a pair of baby booties -- didn't exactly help! While my wrist is immobilized for the sake of my elbow, I have plenty of time to plot the next knit ~ and a secret  embroidery project to work on with my good left hand.