My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Tempus Fugit

It seems like it was just Halloween, and here we are, on December 2nd already. I know you’ll be pleased to know that I took some time to decorate my office this morning:

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So now I am in a properly festive mood, thank-you very much.

And I’m loving my work in progress.

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I actually started this Thanksgiving night, but only knit a bit then, due to turkey-fatigue. But I got quite a bit done over the weekend, and then was too busy to do more than a couple of rows last night. I’m wishing I had more spare time this week because this is just so much fun to knit.

The pattern is complex enough to be entertaining, but not so complex that it takes a lot of my attention. And I love this yarn — the Tilli tomas Demi-Plie silk. I bought it on sale somewhere — don’t remember where. I’ve got 1160 yards in this colorway (Parchment) and am now patting myself on the back for having the foresight to have purchased an equal amount in Natural. I have Plans for that yarn, but they are not sufficiently “gelled” to be discussed here in public. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This won’t mean anything to anyone but my Plurk buddies . . .

But today I hit the highest possible Karma score. Moments before:

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Moments after:

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I’m thinking about making Lucy call me “Ma’am” from now on. Or maybe “Mommie Dearest.”

No, I’m an indulgent mother, really. Why else would I have let Lucy have her own phone?

Except now I get text messages like this all day:

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Lucy sez:

“I wuz framed! I iz innocent, I tells ya!”

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Onward

Hey, thanks for all the nice comments about my Victorian Neck Cozy! I am very pleased with how this turned out, and I’m so glad you like it too.

My favorite winter coat has a deep vee neckline, so I always need to wear a scarf with it. I designed this cowl to be deep enough to “fill in” that vee, and it does very nicely. I should be able to happily wear this, because in the winter it can be quite cold in the wee hours when I leave for work, and the wind just cuts through you. I’m looking forward to a really cold day so I can test-drive it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A few of you asked me how I make my charts. I make them using a knitting symbols font by Aire River Design, and there are versions of it for the PC and the Mac.

I have spent quite a lot of time perfecting my chart technique. My charts are tables in Microsoft Word. You can also successfully make charts using Excel. I have word for both the PC and the Mac, and I created the chart for the Victorian Neck Cozy entirely on my iMac.

Well, as I said, onward. I’m working on my next project, the Hanging Garden Stole by Sivia Harding.

I posted a photo of the yarn and beads I planned to use a while back: Tilli Tomas Demi-Plie silk in the “Parchment” colorway. The stole has beads attached at each of the two short ends, and I used chips of Picture Jasper. I’m quite pleased with the results.

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The yarn I’m using is a heavier laceweight than the yarn called for in the pattern, but I’m using the same size needle (3.25mm) and am very happy with how the stole is looking.

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And Lucy is hard at work, as usual.

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