My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Sleeve Island?

Gotta say, this is my speediest visit to Sleeve Island in a while. I’m coming down the home stretch on Deli’s second sleeve.

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I’m not sure why these sleeves have zipped by so quickly. Usually, mind-numbingly boring stockinette takes forever. Maybe it’s the weather. The cabana boy on my Sleeve Island is wearing a raincoat and slogging through the pounding rain. Not so much fun, you know? Makes you want to knit fast and get off the island.

What’s up next for this sweater is the endless lace edging. I’ve been thinking all along that I would knit the lace directly on to the sweater, but I’m having a change of heart, and I plan now to do it according to the pattern: knit the edging separately and sew it on. Why?

The lace goes on the bottoms of the sleeves, and the bottom of the sweater, up one side front, around the neck, and down the other side front. So the ratio of one row of knitted lace to the edge of the sweater will change. You have a certain number for the stitch gauge (along the bottom edges and the back neck) and a different number for the row gauge (along the side fronts) so the ratio of rows of lace edging per edge stitches will change. And you know what? I am so not into figuring it out. This is, I think, a case of making things harder for myself. So I shall knit the frigging edging separately and sew it on. The end.

My Last Kitty Bed

Wasn’t that a poem by Robert Browning? No, that was My Last Duchess. Okay, here’s my version.

That’s my last kittybed standing on the form,
Looking as if it were felted. I call
That piece a wonder, now: my hands
Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
Will’t please you sit and look at her?
For I feel as though she’s not near felted.
The size of that pictured countenance,
The depth and breadth of its earnest fuzziness,
But to myself it seems to be,
Still a mite too large.
And seemed as if it needed,
Another cycle in the hot water wash.

Okay, so I’m not a poet. I finished the kitty bed last Tuesday, and ran it through three cycles to felt it, then popped it on top of a large cylindrical object (in this particular case my Tupperware pie carrier with a beach towel wrapped around it).

On Friday I took it off its felting form and plopped it on the table to scrutinize it critically. It still seemed a tad large to me. I turned away for a moment, and when I turned back, this is what I saw.

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Clearly, the expert pronounces it usable. But just out of spite, I ran it through another wash cycle.

Comments

  1. Your cabana boy in a raincoat? The horror!

  2. Oh my, I love that kitty bed. I may have to make one for my dog…..he’s about the size of a cat :-)

  3. Claudia W says:

    Wendy, Deli is looking great. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Lucy appears to be very happy with her new bedding. I love the blue color pallet that you decided to use.

  4. Awww…I LOVE the new kitty bed (and the poetry to go with it! lol). Now if only my Simba would figure out that she is supposed to sleep IN the kitty bed and not NEXT TO the kitty bed I would make her one…

  5. Wow, that takes me back. My roomate in college once had to perform “My Last Duchess” for a poetry class she was taking. I like your version better.

  6. I love your rendition of “My Last Duchess” and am glad that you are not taking on fully the persona of the speaker…how tragic for the kitty bed if you were!

  7. Lucy knows how to please her Mom.

  8. I want to BE Lucy. What with all the fancy dresses and fun tea parties and cozy beds… Life is good for that fuzzball!

  9. Wendy – I just read a post from the owner of Knit Happens on the knitting review forums that the Rowan Cottoncash DK is snapping for people. Are you having any problems with it? I ordered some but am thinking of returning it if it isn’t very sturdy.

    Ricki

  10. Lucy knows best :-)

  11. Such pretty colors on Lucy’s new bed! She obviously has good taste!

  12. Oh, how I wish one of my cats would use the bed I knitted for them! Instead Abby just sits with her elbows on it, but nothing more. And Cloey won’t even go near it — when I put her in it, she jumps out and runs away. Does Lucy give kitty-bed-usage lessons?

  13. Has the pink Chibi really vanished? I found two at my LYS today.

  14. Lucy looks so good in blue – great bed!
    Pat

  15. Oh, your Lucy is a GOOD girl. My kitties outright refuse to use anything we buy/make specifically for them. They will sleep in cardboard boxes, for example. Lucy=good.

  16. Lucy’s new bed is the best ever; how kind of you to make it to match her eyes! Hey, here’s a link for you to an amusing news item about people who name and knit for their iPods: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/11242354.htm You’re certainly not alone in doing it :-)
    cheers!

  17. I love Lucy’s new bed. It shows off her gorgeous coat!

  18. Rumor has it the sun might shine today. I’d watch that cabana boy closely. You might get a show as you finish your sleeve!

    You are a meanie! Putting the bed in another cycle. It looks great! I wonder if I should make Sophia a bed with some of my stash?

  19. Diana & Orion says:

    BRAVA! The bed, she sings!

    A lovely lullabye for Lucy in blues.

    Nice work, Wendy.

    Been meaning to ask you: being the opportunistic yarn buyer that you are, how do you decide HOW MUCH yarn to buy? I mean, it’s not like you ALWAYS know exactly what you will be doing with it …

    Do tell.

    purrs — Diana & Orion

  20. Diana & Orion says:

    BRAVA! The bed, she sings!

    A lovely lullabye for Lucy in blues.

    Nice work, Wendy.

    Been meaning to ask you: being the opportunistic yarn buyer that you are, how do you decide HOW MUCH yarn to buy? I mean, it’s not like you ALWAYS know exactly what you will be doing with it …

    Do tell.

    purrs — Diana & Orion

  21. Diana & Orion says:

    BRAVA! The bed, she sings!

    A lovely lullabye for Lucy in blues.

    Nice work, Wendy.

    Been meaning to ask you: being the opportunistic yarn buyer that you are, how do you decide HOW MUCH yarn to buy? I mean, it’s not like you ALWAYS know exactly what you will be doing with it …

    Do tell.

    purrs — Diana & Orion

  22. do whatever it takes to keep the math to a minimum! and get your cabana boy out of a raincoat for godsake – what the matter with you??!!

  23. Hej Wendy!

    There´s a demand here from Sweden to see how well Lucy´s eyes match that new kitty bed. Another photo, please!

  24. I dislike sewing on lace so much I would consider crocheting a pretty edging & calling it done. Tell Lucy her competition in the kitty sleeping olympics is hard on her heels…LOL. My crowd has been practicing constantly.

    Kathy in Mpls

  25. Entirely unrelated spinning question. Is there a rule of thumb about how many pounds of wool make enough yarn for a small knitting project? Nothing scientific, just a gift-buying guide for nonspinners who want to spoil the spinners in their lives. (Also, is there a consensus among spinners about whether ’tis nicer to receive medium-quality top or extra-special raw wool?)

  26. The key is exactly what is “under” the raincoat?

    Lucy must be like my Scruffy was…she took residence on anything that was sitting around…she especially loved potholders!!

  27. Lucy has such good taste.

  28. How did the Aero needles work for you?

    I tried them once but I found that they drag so it’s tossed somewhere.

  29. Lucy’s bed is wonderful. Clearly her highness is pleased with your humble offerings. I am going to construct my own “Pink Puppy Pi” for Princess Fiona.