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.

Busy, So Lotsa Pix and Little Content

I’ve had quite a busy day today, without nearly enough knitting. Running errands, wrapping Christmas gifts, et cetera.

I even — horror of horrors — cleaned up a bit.

I did do quite a bit of knitting on the Bohus after posting yesterday. A full evening of Bohus knitting — what could be nicer? Here it is in the cold light of day this morning.

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It doesn’t look like a while lot of progress, does it? But it is a very time-consuming knit — some rounds have three colors and assorted purl stitches on the right side.

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But it is great fun and very satisfying to knit. And what a glorious sweater it will grow up to be!

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Here is what Lucy did all day.

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Since I’ve not got a lot to say, a question from the comments:

Ann Rose asked:
One question I have, as a semi-newbie lacer is: How do you determine how much variegation a lace pattern can take? Do you swatch up and judge (hoping you bought enough yarn for whatever pattern eventually fits), or does experience with a wide variety of patterns and yarns over the years develop an instinct? I’m marinating some rainbow Koigu in my stash, and have swatched a few lace patterns, but everything looks too busy.

The busier the variegation, the simpler the lace pattern should be. A simple all-over lace pattern, like the Flower Basket Shawl, the Leaf Lace Shawl, or the Forest Canopy Shawl is best for busier variegation. It’s always a good idea to swatch, as you won’t really know until you do, eh?

Because I mentioned it yesterday, here’s a photo of my order from The Loopy Ewe, which I just got.

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Yarn Pirate sock yarn! Soak wool wash!

And since I don’t have much in the way of content today (did I mention that?), here’s a peak at my knitting spot.

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Clockwise, from bottom left you see my cup of Diet Coke, my spot on the couch, the Bohus in progress (with pattern) the phone for talking to L-B, the tv remote on the coffee table for watching DVDs of Brideshead Revisted, and the laptop for checking the Heifer total (woot!) blog-browsing, and emailing Rabbitch.

Life is good, ya know?

Comments

  1. The Bohus is GORGEOUS!! Your knitting area is remarkably cat hair-free! Unlike mine, where there are actual cat hair tumbleweeds blowing by. I have SIX cats and a beagle!!

  2. Merry Christmas and thanks for all you’ve shared
    over the year.

  3. the Bohus is beautiful already, I can only imagine how much lovlier it will get. I hope to attempt one some day, but I’m not quite there yet knitter-level-wise. In any case, I must first complete my “knit-from-your-stash 2007″ commitment.

  4. Love the Bohus!! You got so much done!!

  5. You never need to apologize for pictures they as always so inspiring. Bohus is going to be amazing.

  6. Dammit! Cleaning! I knew I was forgetting to put something on my list! :)

    Oh, the Bohus is beautiful! I just love the subtle colours. I may be making my *one* exception buy in 2007 a Bohus kit. Just beautiful.

  7. Just when I think to myself, “Self, Wendy couldn’t possibly knit anything more beautiful than her last sweater” you go ahead and up the bar. Bohus is magnificent.

  8. Your Bohus sweater is looking gorgeous. Subtle yet interesting. A very wearable design. It’s wonderful how the designs have stood the test of time.

    I’d join your knit from your stash along, but I’m a weak woman ! And pig headed ! If I ”can’t” do something I most certainly will. I might slow down. In solidarity.

    :0)

  9. I have a question regarding Knit from your stash 2007. According to your rules, gift wool doesn’t count, but what if you receive a gift card for your favourite LYS? Does the wool you purchase using said gift card count? or does it still qualify as “gift wool”? Just wondering. By the By the Bohus looks lovely. Your knitting talent never ceases to amaze me.

  10. Your Bohus is so pretty as are your sock yarns, I have been resisting the urge to buy some sock yarn till I knit up more of what I have. I was wondering if/when the Rose Pattern will be available for purchase. It is very lovely and would be my last stash indulgence.

  11. I have been struggling with the knit from your stash event for days but I finally think I’m finding some rules that work. Whew! what a challenge!

    I have – angst!

  12. Barb Outside Boston says:

    Brideshead Revisited–It makes me weak in the knees just to think about it!

  13. I adore the Bohus. The colour graduations are simply stunning! It will grow up to be a gorgeous sweater indeed!

  14. Bohus is gorGEEous!! Thanks to your full disclosure inspiration I’ve been yarn shopping on-line all day! Gotta be ready. Tee hee. And you’re lucky that Lucy doesn’t like to sit on your laptop like my Puma does. “Excuse me, Puma, can I use the computer for a minute? Please!” Poor me!

  15. Doesn’t look like a lot of progress. What are ya? Goofy? It looks great! And I love the subtle color interplay.

  16. The Bohus sweater is gorgeous and progressing amazingly fast. Your knitting corner looks cozy. Lucy sure knows how to enjoy her day.

  17. Nice cozy knitting space and nice sweater! I’m loving seeing the progress. lucy is living my dream life. Bet she’s dreaming of chicks.

  18. Bohus = Gorgeous! Your knitting space looks a lot like mine, except I’m stilling looking for a coffee table. (i’m being picky) Oh! And I’ve finally, finally, FINALLY…decided to take the knit-from-your-stash challenge. The only changes I think i’m making is that instead of sock-yarn (i haven’t done socks yet…YET…i will!) i’m saying i can only buy yarn for my sister’s wedding afghan (banana yarn), and of course, spinning fiber. (I’m getting my first wheel for Christmas!! I know this because I had to help shop for it…lol)

  19. Oh!! — you bought the Yarn Pirate colorway I was drooling over this weekend! As soon as I saw it, I thought — turquoise and chocolate — could there BE any better color combination??? Makes me hungry just looking at it! I talked myself out of getting it, but I might just have to go back for it, if there’s any left. I did get me some Lorna’s Laces in Cool and some All Things Heather Merino/Tencel in Teal. Yum. I love the Loopy Ewe!

  20. Wendy I love reading your blog and I love all the projects that you do…AWESOME!
    I have a question about the kool-aid socks you dyed and knit up..
    How did you manage to get the socks to stripe?
    Was it the pattern you chose or the method of dyeing with the kool-aid.
    Would appreciate any tips you could share.
    Thanks
    Ronni who owns and reads and reads again your book. Love It!

  21. the bohus looks stunning and given that photos rarely do justice to anything that subtle, it must be beyond glorious in the wool [ well in the flesh doesn't seem right does it?]

  22. I’m game! I thought about the Knit from Your Stash for a bit and decided that it is a good idea to do it and use up the lovely things I have at hand already. :)

  23. Good Grief, Rabbitch is hilarious. This is the first time I have seen her site. Now I am in the process of getting into a couple of sock clubs. That means new yarn automatically. I wonder if that constitutes cheating? Oh well at this point my stash has taken on a life of it’s own so working from it and just getting sock yarn would really be a year well spent.

  24. Swatching varigated yarn is important, but I find that it gives me a less satisfying thumbnail of the finished garment than swatching with non-varigated yarn. On a small piece, like the swatch, you can’t really determine of the colors will pool. And on a shawl, I don’t really want to knit from two balls. So I feel it is a bit of a crap shoot as to what the final garment will look like–don’t you? This is not to say that I won’t use varigated yarn for shawls, but the final result is a bit of a surprise. I’m tending to favor dyed yarns that are more of a monochrome, though.

    The Bohus is simply lovely. I’m still awed by the rapid progress you can make on each project you knit.

  25. Regarding lace and variegated yarns, my experience has been that a lace pattern with a lot of solid areas shows the colors better than one that is primarily open work or meshy. Bearing in mind that it will be seen against clothing, I always check my swatch against a piece of cloth just to be sure it reads well.

    Ain’t that bohus fun?!

  26. Love the Pirate Yarn!!! So pretty. I’ve very glad that your Knit from your Stash 2007 with LB does not include Sock Yarn…

    Have a great holiday!

    Monet

  27. You are an inspiration in so many ways. You knit so quickly and with such variety. I think that I have decided to join you in knitting from my stash in 2007 too. The Bohus looks great and I look forward to seeing it finished.

  28. Hi Wendy,

    The Bohus is very beautiful already! How subtle the colors are.

    You know, yesterday all day I was contemplating whether or not to join in on the Knit From Your Stash. I surely could use it. Weeeell, last night was the December meeting for my Spinning Group. There were people selling off some of *their* stashes. I bought, I bought, I bought. Niiice. Way to start a diet… by gorging.

    I may still comply. :)

    Rosane.

  29. KayInNewMexico says:

    About lace with variegated yarn — I find that the Koigu is great, because it it has short color repeats, so there is essentially no pooling. I did the Charlotte’s Web with six different colors, and it is magnificent. Also, remember that once the lace is blocked it looks REALLY different than on the needles. After the CW, I have done several lace shawls in variegated yarn, and it is a wonderful adventure!

    So, Ann Rose, give it a try! It may turn out differently than you think it will, but it will be beautiful.

  30. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

    The Bohus is gorgeous. I’m seriously thinking about buying a kit for myself. I have not knitted with multi colors yet, but I think I’m going to take the plunge – - the Bohus sweaters are way too gorgeous to pass up!

    Smooches to Lucy – - Enjoy your time off. I’m completely green with envy.

    WendyT

  31. Now I’m craving a Bohus! Sigh. My current socks are with Yarn Pirate yarn and i absolutely love the way it works up! You’re in for a treat, if you haven’t used it before.

  32. sally & zeppelin says:

    The more I think about Stash 2007, the more I think it deserves more thought! It is good naturally at this time of year to reflect on our buying habits of the past and to peruse our creative ambitions for the future (many of mine just happen to be in King Tut’s room) but where would the majority of us be without the friendly LYS (many of whom have stocked your book). You have great power as a knitting guru…use it wisely.
    Lucy-here’s looking at you kid (!)with your baby chickens or maybe just some yummy poached chicken for Christmas dinner.

  33. sally & zeppelin says:

    The more I think about Stash 2007, the more I think it deserves more thought! It is good naturally at this time of year to reflect on our buying habits of the past and to peruse our creative ambitions for the future (many of mine just happen to be in King Tut’s room) but where would the majority of us be without the friendly LYS (many of whom have stocked your book). You have great power as a knitting guru…use it wisely.
    Lucy-here’s looking at you kid (!)with your baby chickens or maybe just some yummy poached chicken for Christmas dinner.

  34. sally & zeppelin says:

    The more I think about Stash 2007, the more I think it deserves more thought! It is good naturally at this time of year to reflect on our buying habits of the past and to peruse our creative ambitions for the future (many of mine just happen to be in King Tut’s room) but where would the majority of us be without the friendly LYS (many of whom have stocked your book). You have great power as a knitting guru…use it wisely.
    Lucy-here’s looking at you kid (!)with your baby chickens or maybe just some yummy poached chicken for Christmas dinner.

  35. I think reading your blog is the best way for me to get out of my knitting slump! Need to go start a new project (make it 3!) soon.

    BTW, loved the Knit from your stash 2007.
    Just a question: I don’t suppose the yarns I “pinched” from the intended for sale yarns to be knitted as samples count huh? :P