My current work in progress:

Merveille Du Jour, designed by Alice Starmore, knit from Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2-ply and 3-ply, using 3.0mm, 3.5mm, and 4.0mm needles.

Happy October

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it is October already, huh? September just whizzed by (thankfully).

Here’s the latest sock:

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This is knit from Shibuiknits sock yarn. The color is #3115. I’m calling this pattern “On Hold Socks.” Why? Because I doodled up the design while I was waiting on hold on the telephone.

I just love to multi-task.

Mystery Fibers

Here is this week’s installment of mystery fibers from Miss Clara.

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What do they look like to you?

(At the end of the game, all fibers will be revealed, fear not!)

Earth Shoes!

Yes, I am a fan of the Earth shoes. The negative heel does take a little bit of getting used to, but I’ve been wearing Earth shoes exclusively since last spring. The ones pictured yesterday are the “Dharma” style, which I also have in black. I have the “Allure” style to wear to work. In a couple of different colors.

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Can you tell I like ’em? For someone who is having back issues and has difficulty walking, I highly recommend the Earth Allure shoes. The strap is elastic, so they are slip-ons (no bending to buckle a strap). And they stay on your feet. Gotta love MaryJanes!

A Needle Question

Michelle asked:

What type needles do you find last longest, are most durable, and yet nice to knit with?
I currently use #1 and #2 inox…. which I do like alot, but continually bend… I recently purchased a lovely set of #1 rosewoods. They cost me $19 and lasted 4 days before 2 of them snapped. I have used the knitpicks but I find them to be a little heavy. I know it seems silly that these little things seem heavy… but arthritic hands feel each mili-ounce Any suggestions?

The needles that last longest and most durable? From looking at the picture on your blog, I’d guess you are asking about dpns. I don’t have a lot of experience with metal dpns — very rarely use them. But I can tell you that I used Pony Pearl dpns exclusively for sock knitting for a long time — and never even bent a needle. They were very durable.

What do you all think?

Lucy Sez

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“My Auntie Mary gave me another wonderful toy!”