My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Thursday Socks

Well, these are actually Wednesday socks because I finished them last night.

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These are made from handpainted superwash merino from Lavender Sheep in the Blue Raspberry colorway, on 2.0 mm needles.

I immediately cast on a sock from the Austermann Step I bought at Knitty City over the weekend.

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This is colorway #21, and it knits up into somewhat sedate stripes of grey and light blue. But this yarn feels awesome! As no doubt you know, it is treated with Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil, and it is definitely a treat for your hands to knit. And will no doubt be a treat for the feet as well. Heh. I rhymed. Treat for the feet.

Have you seen this little doo-hickey?

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I bought it at Knitty City as well. I like it better than the “regular” point protectors, because the ends are attached with an elastic strap, so they don’t get lost. They come in different sizes for different size and length needles. Great for the commuter knitter who shoves her needles in her purse.

Blue Sky Needles

Did y’all see the Knitters Review article about the Blue Sky dpns in the cute little tins? I had to laugh when I found it in my in-box this morning. Good thing I had no great expectations for the needles. I freely admit I bought them for the tin!

I don’t have a terribly high regard for needles made from surina wood, so I did not expect much from these needles. If you are considering ordering a set, do read the article linked to above.

Lucy

In yesterday’s blog, Lucy was happily reclining on freshly laundered socks. I had laid them out on a towel to air-dry, and Lucy thought she’d help the process along by lying on them. Really, she is such a helpful kitty.

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The blue/tan socks on the top are my Claudia Handpaint socks knitted in the “Ingrid’s Blues” colorway.

More Lucy

Reader Kyra sent in this photo and asked:

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“Does this make me a Lucy groupie?”

I rather believe that it does, Kyra!

Some Admin Stuff

Some of you may have noticed lately the poor performance of my blog — the comments window took forever to load — and sometimes it didn’t, displaying an error message instead.

Last night I arranged for my website to be moved to a newer server at the hosting provider. The server it was on was having all sorts of problems. I think (I hope) things will be much better and more efficient now.

In the period of time this morning in-between the files being copied over to the new server and the domain name re-directing there, some of you left comments on the “old” blog, which were lost in the transfer. I just wanted to let you know that I didn’t delete anyone’s comments — they were just a casualty of the server move.

Back to Knitting

I got a bunch of Daletta in the mail today from Bea Ellis Knitwear, so I immediately starting swatching for my next project.

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What could it be?

Okie-doke — I’m going away again this weekend, but will likely post Sunday night. And then Monday will be the kick-off for my Heifer International Charity project. So y’all come back now, hear?

Lucy sez:

Goodie! Quality time with my Daddy this weekend!

(Check out Lucy’s Daddy’s blog for a wicked-hard contest! I don’t know the answer and the KOARC won’t tell me.)

An Easy Scarf

Here’s a Mistake Rib Scarf I finished last night.

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And here’s an accurate depiction of the color:

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This is knit from 2 skeins of Classic Elite Indulge. I purchased mine from Little Knits — it is a discontinued yarn and was on sale!

The yarn is 100% cashmere, 55 yards per 50 gram skein. The stated gauge is 2.75 stitches to an inch on U.S. size 13 needles. I started knitting this scarf on size 13 needles but thought it was way too loose. I switched to size 10.5, and am much happier with the results.

The pattern:

Cast on 19 stitches.

Row 1: (k2, p2) to last 3 stitches, k3.

Repeat Row 1 until scarf is desired length. Couldn’t be easier.

My scarf is, after blocking, 47 inches long. All I did to block it was to gently steam-press it.

Sock Madness!

Have you heard about Sock Madness? It’s a tournament style sock knitting event that will begin in March 2007, but they are seeking sock designs now. If you are a sock designer or a sock designer wanna-be, check out the Sock Madness blog.

Lucy sez:

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Why, yes, I AM lying on hand-knitted socks. What of it?

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