img_3795 So, it occurs to me that I never actually said WHAT sweater I’m making. I just started showing pictures of swatches and of cables, but I never actually told you the actual pattern.

I’m sorry. I’ve been remiss.

The pattern is the Celtic Icon from Fiona Ellis Inspired Cable Knits.

Yes, apparently I have a thing for sweaters with “Celtic” in the name. It’s not a conscious thing, I assure you, although I’ve always been entranced by Celtic knots . . . it’s the intricacy, you see, the interweaving complexity. I just love that.

The yarn is a lovely, deep plum in Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, which is ironic. I bought the Silky Wool on purpose because I wanted to make one–almost any–of the sweaters from her Viking Knits book, which I adore . . . and yet . . . I’m not. I have a hankering for a cardigan, and the ones in the book just aren’t what I have in mind. This is. So . . . a Viking sweater is just going to have to wait.

img_3768 See what I got yesterday? A birthday card from Susan! Wasn’t that nice of her? Not counting family, I think this now equals if not exceeds the number of cards I got in the mail last year (grin).

And it’s nice to see Calendars popping up around the web today–keep them coming! I suppose I could extend the parameters to being a photo (scan, whatever) of your actual calendar, even if it’s just a rough print-out from the computer that you use to scribble appointments, but really . . . ideally . . . it should be a picture of some kind. Almost everyone has a picture calendar of some kind somewhere, right? Even if it’s just the one your coworker brought in to hang at work? I suppose it doesn’t have to be YOUR calendar. Just A calendar. From 2006 or 2007. Of the month of November. If it belongs to your Mom, well, no-one really needs to know!

Added: I almost forgot! My brother-in-law is now an uncle. Well, to a two-legged person. (He’s already Chappy’s uncle, of course.) His brother and wife–whose wedding we went to last summer–just had a baby girl. Caitlin Elizabeth. Born yesterday. Six pounds and 14 or 15 ounces. (She was born at either 6:14 or 6:15, so you can see the confusion.) She’s the one I made those baby sweaters for. I’m so happy she’s here!

Hey, if you haven’t yet, go check out the new Yarn Life online magazine, produced by Kat with a K. Who’s attempting the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in a month (so, wish her luck!). Did you know there’s a blogger’s version, too? NaNoBloMo, where you need to post a blog entry every day for the month? And NaNoSweMo for knitting a sweater in a month, too.

Speaking of which:

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Yesterday, November 1st, began the annual NaNoWriMo challenge–where lots of marginally crazy people try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. What do you think about that idea? Crazy? Inspired? Challenging? Insane, but in a good way! I said it last year, and I’ll say it again though . . . why did they pick November? Big holiday weekend here in the U.S., my birthday, preparations for Christmas season, family visits and such . . . NOT a good month. Wouldn’t March, when people are tired of winter and need distractions, have been better?
  2. Would you/Have you tried it yourself? In other years? (Or this one, in which case, shouldn’t you be writing and not reading blogs?) I thought about it last year but again–it’s just a really bad month for me.
  3. If you took away the time pressure, would you/have you tried writing a novel of your own? I HAVE written a novel. A 124,000 word whopper. And about half of another one that I really need to get back to one of these days because, if I say so myself, the story idea is fabulous. (And a third or so of a sequel to the first one, but it got boring.) Anyway, I haven’t been able to get it published (yet) . . . although, it HAS been a while since I sent it out. Maybe I should try again, huh?

14 Thoughts on “Celtic

  1. You absolutely SHOULD send your novel out again!

  2. Oooh, I love the color and the sweater!

  3. Have you looked at things like Fictionwise.com who publish eBooks? I think they take submissions!!!

    Cheers Eva

  4. ooohhh I love that sweater – it’s on my ‘possibly someday’ list

  5. Wow. I can see why you want to knit that sweater. Gorgeous cables. They’re so fun to do. The twistier the better!

  6. Send out that book!!!! I also have the Inspired Cables book and I think there are about 4 sweaters in there that I really want to knit. And, I will wish you a Happy Birthday today and every day I comment (which is quite a few). Also, are you now an aunt-in-law? BTW, I didn’t comment on the day you celebrated Katy’s coming home because I never got a chance. I believe our pets are every bit as important in the family as anyone else. I still miss my Sniffles (first pup), Lah Lah (cat named for my niece’s initials) and Phoobie(cat/real name Black Sabbath). Take care and send out that book.

  7. that sweater will look fabulous in that rich color! knit on!

  8. ok, ok, you guilted me into starting. i haven’t yet (been crazy ’round here), so i will now. i’ve even got my word open, lol

  9. Gracie on November 3, 2006 at 9:40 am said:

    Love the sweater!! And, yes you do have a thing for the Celts!

    Can I be insanely jealous that your SIL has had her baby? She needs to have a chat with mine and tell her to come out!

  10. A novel! Awesome! Yes, send it out again. But only til it’s published ;)
    Don’t remember which site I saw your comments on, one of few we both read. Love the reading here!

  11. Yes, send out your novel! Don’t give up…when I read the bios of authors they say they sent it out a zillion times before someone signed them.

    I want to take a photo for you of my calendar, just as soon as either 1)we get the camera working or 2)get a new one. I am SO with you…my birthday’s in February and I’m not seeing the sunshine/pretty flowers/ocean views those summer babies get for their months. Glad you are taking a stand. :)

  12. Big congrats to your brother-in-law.

    I bought all that silky wool for Viking Knit sweaters too and haven’t actually made one either. The yarn for one is slowly becoming Ivy now too. Celtic Icon is a lovely sweater and is on my to do list for sometime this lifetime ;)

  13. Mmmmm… Silky Wool. I have enough on hand for a sweater – but no sweater I want to knit!

  14. My daughter Caitlin Elizabeth weighed in at 6 lbs 13 oz! Congrats on the niece, and may she grow to be as fine a woman as my daughter–who is a new mom herself!

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