My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

New Year’s Eve

Thank you so much for all your comments about what you would do with the errant white stitch in the Bohus yoke.

The stitch is situated on the side, over one sleeve. I fully intended to leave it as is, but I was curious to know if duplicate stitching over it would cover it, so I tried it. It did cover it pretty well. The gold pin marks the motif where the duplicate stitch was done.

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I am not a perfectionist, by the way. I’ve left bigger mistakes in my knitting and no one has ever noticed them. Or if they did, they were too polite to mention it. Heh!

I’m still working on the first sleeve:

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It’s New Year’s Eve!

And I just finished chopping up the holy trinity for the Shrimp Creole the KOARC and I will be feasting on tonight.

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I’ve made guacamole for our favorite appetizer, and there’s vintage champagne chilling in the fridge. We’ve got an evening of movies planned.

Year End Wrap Up

I started 2006 knitting on a Bohus and I will start 2007 knitting on another Bohus. In-between those two Bohus sweaters, I knitting 29 pairs of socks (yikes!!) and other sweaters, shawls, felted purses, and scarves. My FO list for 2006 is posted in my sidebar, over on the right. I’ll leave it there until my first FO of 2007, when I’ll start the 2007 list.

Heifer Project

It delights me to report that we have gone over $40,000 in donations to Heifer International! I can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me — it far exceeds my wildest expectations. Thank you so much for embracing this project and making it such a success.

You still have time to donate and be entered in the last raffle. Our last prize drawing will be on January 2, 2007, at which time we’ll give away the remainder of the weekly prizes, and one lucky person will win the grand prize — the Canon digital SLR camera.

So . . . Happy New Year to all! Thanks to all of you who have read my blog in 2006. I’ll see you next year. icon smile New Years Eve

Lucy Sez

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“When are you gonna put the shrimp in the Creole, Momma? I think I’d better help you!”

No Time to Blog — I’m Busy Bohus-ing!

But it occurred to me that I had not posted a Bohus photo in a while. I finished the back and embarked on a sleeve (do alert the media, would you?):

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The k1 p1 ribbing in black on a 2mm needle was not fun. just sayin’.

When I was picking up the stitches for a sleeve, I noticed a boo-boo in the yoke!

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See that errant white stitch there? That’s supposed to be black. Hmmmmph.

I can certainly duplicate stitch over it in black, but I’m thinking I’ll leave it as it is. You know . . . just because.

What would you do? Fix it to make it look perfect or leave the flaw? I’m just curious.

Lucy thinks that flawed or not, it does make a most excellent blanket.

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Okie dokie, back to the Bohus. I’ll be back on Sunday with a year-end wrap-up!

The Last Hurrah!

Today was my last yarn shopping of 2006.

As some of you cleverly guessed, my special guest was L-B, who came up for a quick visit.

Lucy was happy to see her.

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“L-B, is there a gift in here for me?”

There was! A catnip mouse knitted from Handmaiden cashmere!

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This cashmere was leftover from something gorgeous L-B made for me:

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Fingerless mitts! Aren’t they wonderful? L-B made up the pattern (but she hasn’t written it out). I love the picot edges.

There was also gifting of yarn. Here’s what L-B brought me:

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Clockwise from the top, that’s Fat Sheep bulky yarn (wool/mohair blend), Apple Pie sock yarn from Apple Laine (yum!) alpaca laceweight yarn in two colorways from Liisu Yarns, and more Fat Sheep. Woo hoo!

Today we went to Springwater Fiber Workshop and we both bought some stuff. My haul:

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Clockwise from the top, that’s handpainted wool roving, The new Colinette sock yarn, some handpainted wool/tencel blend (Springwater label), and Cascade Ecological Wool.

So that’s it for yarn-buying for a while!

We had a great visit but it was much too short as usual. Still, we managed to pack lots of fun into a little bit of time. But Lucy now feels the need to nap.

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I think I’ll join her!

Boxing Day

Thank you for all the holiday wishes you left in my comments. We had a lovely time.

Christmas Eve was spent at my parents’ house. Here is one of my parents’ kitties, Lucy’s little cousin, Koko:

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And here is my parents’ Christmas tree:

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The KOARC and I celebrated in our usual sedate style. Here, KOARC adopts a festive look.

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While I choose to wear the utilitarian extension cord earrings.

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On Christmas morning, Lucy opened her gifts.

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Teddy chose to wear my unfinished Bohus.

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Speaking of the Bohus

I’ve done surprisingly little knitting in the past few days, so there’s not a lot of progress to show. There was a request in the comments to see the inside of the yoke. Here you go:

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At the bottom of the yoke, it was 400 stitches around. Upon completing the yoke, you divide that into 4 sections, for the front and back and two sleeves. I’m currently knitting the back. The rest of the sweater is all black, so be prepared for lots of photos of black blobs.

The yarn is a merino/angora blend, and quite lovely to knit, even if it such a tiny gauge and it takes forever. I started the neckband on a 16″ Addi Turbo. As soon as I had enough stitches, I switched to a 24″ Addi Turbo. When I increased the next time, I put the stitches on a 29″ Knitpicks needle, which I soon discovered was too slippery to use. I think the extreme pointy-ness of the Knitpicks needle encouraged the sttiches to try to escape off the end of the needle. I switched to a 40″ Addi Turbo after the last increase and was much happier.

Now that I’m knitting the back, I’ve got the stitches back on my 24″ Addi Turbo.

Heifer Prize Drawing!

Without further ado, the winners in this week’s raffle:

Penny T. wins a Namaste Vintage Knitting Bag, donated by Jane of The Yarn Grove.

Rosi G. wins the Leftovers Sweater pattern and Regia sock yarn, donated by Joanne Conklin, RJ Conklin Designs

Elizabeth D. wins a Designer scarf kit, donated by Raye Schwartz

Laura L wins two skeins of Sockotta, enough for 2 pairs of socks, donated by Wendy Isett

Ivy R. wins four skeins Satakieli wool, donated by Raye Schwartz

Kristin B. wins two skeins lama/wool yarn from Mountain View Farm, donated by Raye Schwartz

Kristin R. wins the Knitspot pattern of her choice, donated by Anne Hanson, Knitspot

Valerie W. wins Socks, Socks, Socks, donated by Barbara.

Thanks to one and all! Next Tuesday (also known as Black Tuesday, my 50th Birthday), the trusty random number generator will draw the names for the final weekly prizes and for the grand prize.

There will be no blog entry tomorrow as I will have a special visitor here. No doubt hijinks will ensue. I’ll be back on Thursday!

Christmas Eve

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Thank you for all the lovely comments about the Bohus!

It’s Christmas Eve, and Lucy is fast asleep, no doubt with visions of catnip mice dancing in her head.

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Me? I’m on elf duty tonight.

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I’ll be back on Tuesday with answers to Bohus questions that were asked in the comments, plus another drawing in the Heifer project raffle!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading my blog. icon smile Christmas Eve