My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Brrrr!

We lucked out with the snow — only got about 4 inches yesterday. It was very pretty when it started, too.

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But today it is terminally cold. The sun is shining brightly but there is a high wind making the wind chill more than chilly.

Still, we know how to stay warm. Ian has his Wendy-knit socks.

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And Lucy has her AbFab afghan!

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I kept busy.

Here’s the Autumn Afternoon mohair yarn:

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And here’s some merino:

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I did some more spinning, but I’ll show you that later in the week.

Lately I’ve been spinning singles on Lenny and plying on Katarina. Lenny is great with the singles (hubba hubba!) and Katarina plies like a dream. So they are a team.

Lucy pays pretty much no attention whatsoever to the roving and spinning. She did attempt to sit in my lap while I was spinning this weekend, but I think she was just wanting to be in a warm place. She . . . uh . . . got a little bit of tail fur yanked out and spun into the mohair when she was standing in my lap deciding whether or not to lie down. That decided her. She’s been glommed on to the AbFab afghan.

But Wait! There’s More!

Look what I finished!

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It’s the Grape Arbor Shawl! I am beyond delighted with this!

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And one more, for good measure.

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I did not wet block this — just went over it carefully with the steam iron, and it blocked out very nicely.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go snuggle with Lucy.

Comments

  1. Wendy – Your Grape Arbor Shawl is absolutely beautiful. Your talent amazes me, and I so much enjoy your wonderful website. Thanks, Karen

  2. The shaw is gorgeous! I bet the silk is wonderfully warm in this weather. Thanks for the pictures!

  3. wow, everyone has fabulous knits to stay nice and warm. love your yarn. amazing colors!

  4. I love the colors of your new spun yarn.

    The shawl is so pretty too!

  5. Wendy, your grape arbor shawl is indeed wonderful! I especially love the edging! (does that make this an EDGY comment?:)
    Stay warm!

  6. I love the shawl! And the socks! What yarn did you use for the socks? (I scrolled back a bit, but couldn’t find them.) Will you be posting the shawl pattern too? :)

  7. Lovely shawl. I like how well the color variations work with the lacy pattern — a mix that can so often be problematic. What a beautiful creation, Wendy.

  8. Beautiful.beautiful shawl ! Gorgeous.
    Fab !

  9. The shawl turned out as beautiful could be! You must be so happy with your creation. I can imagine you must just keep looking at it with joy!

  10. Your shawl is beautiful! The colors are amazing and the patterning is just wonderful. :) Hope you and Lucy manage to stay warm.

  11. Love, love, love the Autumn Afternoon yarn. What will become of it?

  12. OMG, that is gorgeous! I have the same color socks on today and love them. Great with blue jeans as Ian knows. Wish we had some of your snow instead of our never ending fog/smog.

  13. Lucy is very generous to “donate” some of her fur in your spinning. GAS (Grape Arbor Shawl) is lovely, too!

  14. Wendy, that shawl is beautiful!!! jane

  15. Beautiful shawl. I have not had much experience with blocking. You don’t mean you actually put the iron on the shawl, right?

  16. I think Lucy deserves a little unspinnable lap time chez Wendy! Poor baby! However, I don’t think you need to feel guilty enough to donate Grape Arbor to her. The AbFab is definitely a cozycat afghan. She will just have to learn when to have laptime and when to keep her fur out of harm’s way. I guess that means I should NOT try a spinning wheel anytime soon, with 3 kitties! Maybe I’ll try the drop spindle. The worst that could happen is a little bump on their heads if they get too interested. I am trying to control the drool over that shawl. It is even more lovely that I thought it was going to be when you first put up a pic of the “grapes” in that yarn! Thanks for sharing!

  17. OMG! the shawl is amazing!
    i am so impressed with the colors and it looks very comfy

  18. I *love* the Grape Arbor Shawl! Hope you’ll consider making the pattern available for purchase at some point.

    Ian and Lucy are nicely coordinated in their attire of socks and Ab-Fab.

  19. That is a beautiful shawl, it really is!

  20. The shawl turned out gorgeous. Good work. Enjoy your snuggle with Lucy and stay warm!

  21. Love the shawl, the colors are great.

  22. Absolutely gorgeous! Have you mentioned how many skeins you needed to make this? They don’t have that colorway up now, but I want to be ready when they do.

  23. Wow – that shawl is absolutely wonderful – it seems to shimmer, even in the photo. It must be stunning in the real world. I especially love the border – it finishes off the vine theme perfectly.

  24. Gets the award for bet Wendy original yet.

  25. Oh what a fabulous shawl!!!!
    Will you be selling the pattern? Me wants one!!!

  26. Ana Cousins says:

    Your Grape Arbor Shawl is breathtaking!!! Specially with the yarn you choosed. I hope to hear news of the pattern soon. Congratulation!.

  27. Wow! You continue to amaze me, Wendy–that shawl is beautiful. I’ll be looking for that pattern when you have it ready to go!

  28. Beautiful shawl. Can we get a closeup of the edging?

  29. You never fail to amaze me Wendy. That shawl is just fabulous! Gorgeous! Amazing! Fantabulous! Rockin’!

    I’m sure I could think of a few more words if I put my mind to it but right now, but all I can think of at the moment is “pretty” and that just doesn’t do it justice. *LOL!*

  30. I love the shawl! And the color………

  31. Diana & Orion says:

    Wendy, the yarn is incredible.

    But the new Arbor shawl … well, I’m speechless. BEst I can come up with is “inspirational” … I am so blown away …it’s one ofthe very most beautiful things I have ever laid eyes on … can we have a close(er) up please?

    You kill me. *lol* best, Diana, Orion & Finwe

  32. Diana & Orion says:

    Wendy, the yarn is incredible.

    But the new Arbor shawl … well, I’m speechless. BEst I can come up with is “inspirational” … I am so blown away …it’s one ofthe very most beautiful things I have ever laid eyes on … can we have a close(er) up please?

    You kill me. *lol* best, Diana, Orion & Finwe

  33. Diana & Orion says:

    Wendy, the yarn is incredible.

    But the new Arbor shawl … well, I’m speechless. BEst I can come up with is “inspirational” … I am so blown away …it’s one ofthe very most beautiful things I have ever laid eyes on … can we have a close(er) up please?

    You kill me. *lol* best, Diana, Orion & Finwe

  34. I agree, that shawl is stunning. But I’m seriously drooling over the Autumn Afternoon yarn. It’s gorgeous!

    (side note: do you ever make mistakes in your spinning? It seems like you’re a natural!)

  35. The shawl is stunning — the yarn was definitely meant to be in that garment. Can you mention where the pattern came from? I did a look through your archives to see if you’d mentioned it, but I either missed it or couldn’t find it.

  36. Wendy, the shawl is truly amazing. Everything works, the pattern, the color and the shimmer of the silk. Like so many others I hope you make the pattern available so I can make one too!

  37. Thank you so much for sharing the fruits of your labors. Your yarn and colors are wonderful. And your shawl is so very beautiful. Bravo. And your socks look great and warm too.

  38. Your Grape Arbor shawl is really lovely! Nice going

  39. wendy, the shawl is a perfect blend of color, yarn and pattern :-)

  40. WOW. I mean, WOW! That shawl is really something special. I’d call that publishable — I’d definitely buy it.

  41. I love the shawl, and teh Ian socks are pretty darn cool looking too (I have a thing for patterned yarn…).

    I hope you can knit with wet mohair, I am drooling over it (and given my current screaming fit with teh GGH mohair I have that says A LOT :)

  42. The shawl looks beautiful. And your yarn…can’t find the words for it..just love it.

  43. The shawl is amazing. Just like you! How’s that for schmoozing? By the way, just thought I’d mention, I would just love to see your spinning added to your gallery. Maybe some lovely photos of your incredible handspun? Pretty little skeins all in a row? Just a thought…..

  44. Gorgeous shawl – perfect job combining the lace patterns. The edging is really perfect for it. And of course, the yarn is TDF. Carol

  45. Gorgeous shawl – perfect job combining the lace patterns. The edging is really perfect for it. And of course, the yarn is TDF. Carol

  46. The shawl is gorgeous! The yarn you chose is perfect. If you decide to sell this pattern…. I love to have one also.

    I also spin. I enjoy seeing all the yarns you are creating.

    Sharon

  47. Hi Wendy!
    Your shawl is outstanding! It is so pretty that I can’t find words to describe it! You amaze me each time I visit your blog! Where do you find the time to do all this? I am so glad I found your URL a while ago. You inspire me! Knitter hugs, Nicole

  48. Hi Wendy,

    I just have to say I absolutely love what you did with the roving to create the striping effect in your knitted scarf. When I dyed it, I did not imagine a knitted piece coming together so beautifully. If any of your readers would like to know a little of the process…Landscape dye from Kraft Kolour was used and a hot pour method-all done in one pot. More roving and hand-dyed yarn coming very soon! Kathy @ Holly Spring