My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Again, Oh Marina!

I’m glad to see that there are at least a couple Last of the Summer Wine fans out there.

Questions from yesterday —

Where did I get the box that’s holding my yarn? It was answered in my comments, but for those of you who didn’t see it, it’s an “accessory box,” ordered from Home Storage USA. It’s made from canvas and is just right for storing 25 gram balls of shetland wool. I arrange them in the same order they are listed on the chart color key — makes it a lot easier to find the right color.

Am I using center pull balls and how did I wind them?

Yes, and I wound them using a swift and ball-winder.

What did I use for the color “Blue grass?” It’s Jamieson & Smith color number FC39.

Lucy has been a big help so far on this project.

lucy090203 Again, Oh Marina!

You can see that she is monitoring my progress on the ribbing very closely. And thanks to her supervision, I finished it! All twenty-nine blasted rounds of it.

marina0902 Again, Oh Marina!

So I’m into the body pattern. And wondering why I ever bother to knit anything but fair isles.

Mouse-a-thon!

More mousies in the mail! Thanks to Gail in Raymond, ME, Lise in Middletown, NJ, Suellen in Reseda, CA, and Tamara in Leander TX. Thank you all!

Oh, Marina!

(Anyone a Last of the Summer Wine fan?)

I wound a bunch of yarn into balls.

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I discovered I can use a bunch of the colors I used for Oregon last winter, so I dug them out and put them in the box. So I’ve got a bit extra on some.

Lucy watched with interest.

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And then she offered to act as spokesmodel to show off my progress on the ribbing.

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Yes, it’s the dreaded corrugated ribbing, that takes forever to knit. 29 rounds of it.

By the way, Ginny, I did the longtail cast-on, which is what I always do for fair isles. I’ve never had any problem with the ribbing curling. Try steaming your ribbing and see if that fixes it.

Anyone else have any suggestions for curly corrugated ribbing?

Thanks for your comments on Max. In answer to Melissa’s question, I didn’t slip the first stitch — just worked it in the pattern.

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, to all of you who celebrate it.

I labored long and hard this weekend, knitting shoulder straps to the body of Max.

We took some not-so-hot photos of the process. I don’t know why it is, but it’s damned hard to get clear photos of this. I remember trying and failing while doing Fulmar.

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I’ve worked across the strap on the right side, and knitted the last strap stitch together with a shoulder stitch.

strap2 Labor Day

On the wrong side, I slip the first stitch (the one worked together with the shoulder stitch), work across the strap, then purl the last stitch together with a shoulder stitch.

On the right side, I slip the first stitch, then work across, knitting the last stitch together with a shoulder stitch. And so on.

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On the right side, this gives you a nice chain finish on each side of the strap.

When the shoulder straps were done, I picked up stitches for the neckband.

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And I did indeed finish it.

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Even with all this activity, I made time to snuggle with Lucy.

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Mouse-a-thon News

I received mousies from Meg in Alpena, MI, and from Cindy in Ogden, IA. Thank you both!

Ian and I spent some time on Saturday in mouse packaging and as of this moment we’re caught up. Lucy offered to help, but we didn’t think her motives were pure!

Today . . .

I’m going to get started on my next project. Wind some skeins into balls, and cast on for Marina!