My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Back In The Saddle Again

Ah, going back to work is such a joy.

Not.

Yeah, it was back to the grind yesterday. Fortunately everything seemed under control and there were no emergencies or atrocities while I was out, so I was able to ease myself back into career gal mode. Sorta.

Lucy was in a petulant mood when I got home and indulged in one of her “We are not amused” pastimes — chewing on plastic.

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But after some quality time with Mommy, she regained her good humor.

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What’s Next?

Knitting-wise. What’s next indeed? I don’t plan on starting Ingeborg until early to mid-May, so I’ve got three weeks or so to kill, as it were. I’ve got a number of small projects lined up, so I think I’ll be working on those for a little while.

Like my Ann Norling checkerboard shell.

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I’ve got the back completed and a good amount done on the front. So that’ll be done soon.

I’ve started knitting a fun little evening bag — to be felted.

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This is knitted with Heilo wool held double, along with one strand of Trendsetter Aura. Cute! The pattern is from Fiber Trends.

And as soon as I buy more yarn, I can get back to my Not-Colinette poncho.

Speaking of the Not-Colinette poncho, I estimate you’ll need about 100 – 120 yards of each of the six yarns. Ballpark figure.

And I have (whispering) some cotton to make some more summer tops. I bought the yarn to make the same tank that Kristine is making, but after seeing all the problems she’s having with the pattern, I’m thinking “screw it” — I’ll use the yarn for something else. Life is too short to mess with ill-written error-ridden patterns, right?

By Popular Demand

Okay, in response to one email request. A photo of Flora’s wrong side.

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And thank you for all the kind Flora comments you guys left!

Critter Knitters Prize Page Update

I don’t have to keep telling you to check the prize page do I? Y’all know to keep looking for updates, right?

Comments

  1. Wow Wendy. Flora is not only gorgeous from the front but amazingly neat from the back. Wow. You are well on the way to becoming my F.I. Idol!

  2. Hi, Wendy! Do tell (so we may avoid it) — what pattern is Kristine finding errors in? The only pattern in recent memory that I found to be error-free is one from Alice Starmore’s “Aran Knitting” — great book!

  3. Flora’s so pretty she could be worn wrong-side-out! So now I’m wondering, do your cross stitch pieces look as perfect on both sides? I never had the patience to weave my thread ends in as perfectly as I once saw a true cross stitch artist do.

    Wish the guys at Threadbear would put together some faux Colinette poncho kits for those of us without a LYS. We wouldn’t have the pattern, but it seems like it would be easy to figure out?

  4. Whew Wendy – Flora is perfect front and back. You did that on purpose just in case you were in a hurry and had it inside out – nobody could tell, right? Tee hee..

    Are you truly holding three strands of yarn at the same time for your evening bag?

    Lucy must of missed you yesterday when you had to go back to work – you came home to a pouty little girl, didn’t you?

  5. Thank you so much for posting the yardages for the Not-Colinette poncho. I started one last night and am having SO much fun with it. Thanks for giving me the idea and the courage!
    Hugs to you and Lucy!

  6. Whenever my friend (I recently coaxed her over to “Our side” – she is now a knitaholic) and I look at photos of your Fair Isle work, conversation ceases and we stare in stunned amazement. And it’s not easy to get us to shut up when we’re gabbing about knitting.

    My reaction this a.m. to the view of Flora’s backside :) was, “My God, this woman’s a F-ing machine!!”

    Thanks for sharing your stunning artwork.

  7. Whenever my friend (I recently coaxed her over to “Our side” – she is now a knitaholic) and I look at photos of your Fair Isle work, conversation ceases and we stare in stunned amazement. And it’s not easy to get us to shut up when we’re gabbing about knitting.

    My reaction this a.m. to the view of Flora’s backside :) was, “My God, this woman’s a F-ing machine!!”

    Thanks for sharing your stunning artwork.

  8. Sorry about the dual post.

  9. Cheryl F. says:

    Wendy,
    Love Flora! Your little petulant puss needs to keep her choppers away from plastic. We had one unfortunate soul who had a penchant for raiding the trash and some Saran wrap he digested (or partially, as it turned out) ultimately did him in, poor boy.
    Tell Lucy to stick to furniture and people legs (hee hee!)

    Have fun back at work!
    Cheryl in AL

  10. Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now, but I just had to say something about the w/s of Flora. That is the most beautiful Fair Isle w/s I’ve ever seen. So, so cool.

  11. Miss AS can design such wonderful sweaters and your knitting talents do show them off to their full beauty. Flora is breathtaking (inside and out).

  12. Lucy needs Plastic Eaters Anonymous. My friend Robin’s kitty Aleve (Allie to her friends) is infamous for eating plastic. Saran wrap, plastic grocery bags. Anything she can get her little teeth on. Recently she got into some curling ribbon, ingested the shredded bits and had to go to emergency. The moral of this story: keep plastic away from kitties and vice versa.

  13. Hello Wendy ~
    I want to move in to Knit Happens as well! Kristine and Liz are great and the store has so many wonderful yarns. I am knitting a Poncho as well. I think we should all wear to the next Knit and Nosh. I also knit a couple of ponchos using the Rowan Cotton Braid. Can’t wait for the finishing class on Sunday so I can learn to put them together. Knit Happens has inspired me to move on from rectangles, after 5 years. :-)
    Hope to run into you at Knit Happens!
    Phyllis

  14. Okay, the wrong side looks gorgeous, too! Thanks for posting it; I finally see how floats work, and why you wouldn’t need to twist them.

  15. Flora is fantastic! I’d love to do a steeked fair isle but am very afraid. Not so much of the cutting as the sewing skills part – ripping thread stitches out of yarn if sewn incorrectly … eek!

    I can’t help noticing the times you post, do you sleep?

  16. Is there a Plastic Bag Licking Anonymous? My cat Lawrence can’t get enough.

  17. How funny! My cat Maggie loves to lick plastic bags. (Luckily she doesn’t chew.) I didn’t know this was a “cat thing” – I thought she was just a weirdo! =)

  18. hi wendy,

    your cat is chocolicious. check mine out. knitnic happy knitting ;)

  19. lemme try that again.
    http://knitnic.blogspot.com

  20. My female cat licks plastic bags whenever I am not paying her the respect and affection she deserves. Very annoying. Her interest in my knitting is confined to the pre-knitted, ball stage though, the finished product is of no concern to her.