My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Let’s Get This Outta the Way First

If you’ve sent me email and I have not answered it — I’m sorry.

If you’ve left me a comment that has a question and I have not responded — I’m sorry.

If you said something nice about me on your blog and I didn’t comment on it — I’m sorry.

Hmmmmm, that should just about cover it. icon smile Lets Get This Outta the Way First I’ve been too busy for much of anything, save a quick jaunt around my daily read blogs.

Yup, I’m still really really busy. But I’ll answer a comment question today from a few days ago.

What Size Starmore Sweaters Do I Make?

The answer is . . . it depends. A lot of Starmore sweaters are wa-a-ay oversized, with only a couple of sizes. In those cases I make the size Small, which usually comes out to about a 44-45″ chest measurement, so they are still plenty big on me. I like my sweaters oversized, so that’s not a problem for me. I’m making the smaller size of Hank 8, which I think is 44″ around.

I’ve noticed the new Starmore designs on Virtualyarns seem to com in a wider variety of sizes. It’s a good thing!

Hank 8 Update

Hank is chugging merrily along. I bound off the second shoulder last night, using the three-needle bind-off. Here it is, all cast off.

hank apr08 Lets Get This Outta the Way First

Cut open the neck steeks, lookie:

hank apr08a Lets Get This Outta the Way First

Tomorrow, if you’re good, you may see the neckband.

Hey! Teresa has either cut or is poised to cut the steeks on Roscalie! Head on over to her blog and cheer her on! Woo-hoo!

Peter asked me if I plan to go back to texture knitting any time this year (or ever). The answer is . . . uh, I dunno. Maybe. Ever? Well, yes, I’m sure I’ll knit something aran-like at some point again in my lifetime. Maybe sooner than you (and I) think!

Back at Work

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

I had a good day off yesterday. Didn’t do much of anything, but did get some Hank 8 knitting done. I took a photo, but it wasn’t great and I was too lazy to take another. So tomorrow.

Izzy worked hard all day.

izzy apr07 Back at Work

I did get the body of Hank done, and bound off one shoulder, so tonight will be embarking on the collar after binding off the second shoulder. I always do the collar before the sleeves on fair isles. It’s easier to knit, I think, without the added weight of the sleeves.

April Contest

I’ve gotten lots of entries with great tips –keep ‘em coming! Remember to get your entry in by Friday afternoon. I’m creating a webpage of all the tips so everyone can see and enjoy them.

Look What I Got!

Some of you know about my penchant for cowboy boots. I’ve been searching for a pair of purple boots for years, to no avail. So . . . courtesy of eBay, here are my brand-new Tony Lama purple lizard boots. Yee-hah!

purpleboots Back at Work

April Contest

Yes, it’s that time again! I’m announcing a new contest.

First of all, here’s the prize.

laceweightwool April Contest

This is 8 1-ounce skeins of laceweight shetland wool (approx. 252 yards per skein) in a pretty light blue. Enough to make yourself a lovely lace shawl.

What you gotta do to win it:

Send me via email (use the “Contact Me” link on the sidebar) your favorite knitting tip to be entered in the drawing for the wool. It can be a tip to do something more easily, something different that makes a good tool, etc. Everyone who sends me a tip will be entered in the drawing. I’ll (eventually) post all your tips on a page on my website for everyone to enjoy.

Send your entry by 5:00pm EST this Friday (April 11). Winner will be announced on Monday April 14.

Hank 8 News

So Katherine came out of the closet with her Hank! Hurrah!

Katherine, I plan to join my shoulders using a three-needle bind-off, by the way.

Here’s a photo of my Hank, right before I did the front neck steek.

hank apr06 April Contest

So I’m off from work today. I plan to sleep late and maybe do some knitting.

No photo of Izzy today — she has the day off too!

I Like It . . .

muse April Contest
You are a muse.

What legend are you?. Take the Legendary Being Quiz by Paradox

T.G.I. gasp F.!

Could it be? Just one more glorious fulfilling day at work before the weekend?

Not much to say this morning . . .

But here’s an update photo of Hank.

hank apr03 T.G.I. gasp F.!

I’ve got 20 or so rounds to go before starting the front neck steek, so with any luck I’ll get to that there steek this weekend or early next week. I have a command performance Saturday night that will unfortunately cut into knitting time — a required appearance at my parents’ home to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. This will necessitate my being adorable for several hours in a row, which is a strain at the best of times.

Yesterday at work we had a “Shelter in Place” drill. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it kinda take away from the impact of such a thing if everyone knows about it in advance? I got no less than 6 emails alerting me to the drill, and intelligence from 2 different sources informing me of the exact time the drill would be taking place.

Contest Alert!

The April contest will be announced Monday. Watch this space!

Izzy says “Have a good weekend!”

izzy apr03 T.G.I. gasp F.!

Knitting Funk? Nah . . .

My former boss (who retired last August and moved to Florida) phoned me yesterday morning. (Hi Diane!) She said she has been reading my blog and lately has come to fear for my sanity. She’s thinking about doing an intervention to remove me from the office. Who am I to argue?

She emailed shortly thereafter and said she became truly frightened when during the course of our phone conversation I said I think Donald Rumsfeld is a hottie.

Maybe I am going nuts . . .

By the way, liquid bandage works well for paper cuts, though it stings going on . . .

Knitting Funk?

Yesterday in my comments Cheryl asked if I ever go into a knitting funk, a period of time when I don’t want to pick up the needles. Never. Virtually never. I knit every single day, day in, day out. With one exception — I almost never knit on vacation. And strangely, I don’t miss it. I guess because vacation is a complete removal from my normal routine, I don’t feel the need.

Though once, years ago, on a trip to London I had a knitting jones so badly I had to run out and buy needles and yarn and start something. Don’t think I ever finished whatever it was, though.

Q&A

A couple of recent comment questions:

Am I weaving or knotting the ends in Hank 8? The answer is . . .

I’m knotting. And darn happy about it!

Is Izzy what you call a tabby cat?

Yes she is. And like T.S. Eliot’s Gumby cat, she has tiger stripes and leopard spots.

izzy apr02 Knitting Funk? Nah . . .

Ain’t she a cutie?

And I leave you with . . .

Steeky goodness!

hank apr02 Knitting Funk? Nah . . .

Note to L-B:

(fade in music) Babe. I got you, Babe. (fade out music)