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.

Flora!

I was a good girl and knitted diligently on Ms. Flora last night. Her collar is done (except for weaving in ends) and I’m working on a front band. The collar has 28 rows of painstaking two-color garter stitch, but each of the front bands has half that — 14 rows. Breathing easier.

Collar:

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Front band:

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I was very grateful to have my Ott Light for the picking up of the stitches on the front band. The background color is rather dark.

By the way, if you are not already doing so, do go over and visit Lisa’s Flora. It’s great fun to see another Flora, a Flora sibling, if you will, taking shape!

Critter Knitting — er — Crocheting

Still crocheting away on my second BLANKIE. (Yes, you heard me correctly, I shouted the word “blankie.” If “blankie” offends you, well, bitez-moi.)

Anyway . . .

I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve gotten back in the saddle again, as it were, with crochet. Is Wendy going to forsake knitting for crochet? Is she going to live out her days crocheting granny squares? No no no. Emphatically no. But I am surprising myself with how quickly and easily I am crocheting now. Compared with how clumsily and ineptly I was crocheting a week ago.

Ooh! That reminds me — did anyone else have a funky granny square vest when they were a kid? When I was 12 or 13 they were oh-so-in-style and my grandmother made one for me. I was too cool for words.

I’m no doubt dating myself with that statement.

Questions! And Maybe Some Answers Too!

The other day Nathania asked:

I am nearing the bottom of the armhole on my Dale baby sweater and I have a question about armhole steeks on Dales. Do you actually cast on for armholes or do you follow the Dale instructions and just continue in the round and trust that those 4 stitches are enough?

I follow the Dale instructions. Remember, you won’t be picking up stitches around the armholes and knitting down, like you wold in a fair isle sweater. You are knitting the sleeve separately and sewing them into the cut-open armholes.

I wrote an article for Knitty last year about Norwegian sleeve steeks. You can check it out here.

And there was a question yesterday about Lucy from Barb:

Is Lucy’s hair as silky and shiny as it looks in her pics? She is just so beautiful.

Why, thank you, Barb, from both Lucy and me! Lucy’s fur is very soft and silky and does not get tangles or mats in it, which makes brushing her an easy task. And she loves being brushed! Ragdoll kitties’ fur has been compared to rabbit fur and I think that’s an accurate description.

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Blog-iversary

Thanks for all your kind words and good wishes on my second blog-iversary. I find that I still have plenty to yap and drone on about, so no doubt I’ll be blogging for a while longer.

Critter Knitter Blankets Clarification

I’ve gotten a couple of questions in comments about materials for Critter Knitters blankets — can blankets be woven on a loom? Can they made from one layer of a fleece material?

I would say the answer to both questions is yes. As long as the basic guidelines are adhered to — the blankets are machine washable and dryable and constructed in a manner so that they won’t easily fall apart, and of course meet the size requirements, than anything goes. Within reason. ๐Ÿ™‚

April Contest

The April contest will be announced on Monday, so y’all come back now, hear?

Happy Blog Day!

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Today is my blog’s second birthday. My second Blogiversary. Can you believe I’ve been droning on about my knitting here for two long years?

Talented Kitties

These kitties, Honey and Boris, are quite gifted musically! Check out The Kitty Wrap Rap! Lucy has been purring this ditty to herself since reading it yesterday morning.

I discovered on Tuesday that I cannot crochet and read at the same time, so crocheting Critter Blankies during my lunch hour doesn’t work. So I made a huge sacrifice and started my Colinette “Vintage Knits” poncho so I can knit it at lunch. As you may recall, I bought this kit at my new home away from home, Knit Happens.

I brought the yarn to work and put it on my windowsill. Problem is, it spent the morning screaming “Knit Me!” Very distracting when you are trying to concentrate on the business of Running Our Country (ahem). But the blissful knitting that ensured during lunch was well worth all the noise. But then the yarn whimpered all afternoon, after I set it aside to go back to work.

So I’m crocheting blankies on the train, knitting my ultra-fabbo poncho at lunch, and working on Flora at home in the evening. Albeit slowly. Knitting Flora, that is. I’ve not had a lot of evening knitting time lately and poor Flora’s been suffering from lack of attention. Good thing I’m not at home all day or I’d probably hear her screaming “Knit Me!” too. Hey, maybe the Flora-noise is keeping Lucy from napping during the day. Maybe that’s why every night this week Lucy has awakened me at 2:00am, wanting me to pet and fuss over her.

I obviously need to have a talk with Flora. Or just knit on her more.

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Two-Color Garter Stitch

A question from yesterday’s comments:

I’m a bit puzzled about the 2-color garter stitch — why is it any more difficult than 2-color knitting in the round? The only difference I can see is that you turn it, and you have to read the chart both ways.

Not difficult, slow and fiddly. The fiddly bit is in carrying the colors. While you are working on the right side of the work, no problem — you carry the colors in the back. But when you are knitting on the wrong side of the work, you need to carry your colors on the front while you knit. This involves moving colors back and forth from front to back as you use them.

Try it. You’ll see what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

Critter Knitter Raffle Question

Jocelyn raised a good question yesterday. If you make more than one blanket and send them in with tickets, can you win more than one prize?

Liz and I agree on this — absolutely! If you send in 40 entries, you have 40 chances at prizes. Winning one prize doesn’t make you ineligible for more. So crank out those blankies! The more you send in, the more prizes you could win!

And speaking of prizes . . . there’s another one posted on the prize page!

And there are more blankets posted on Liz’s Blanket Received Page this morning!

What? You Want Photos?

My poncho progress:

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My Flora progress:

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My Blankie progress:

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