My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Solomons Island

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Early Saturday morning I hopped in my car for the 90-minute drive down to Solomons Island, Maryland.

The private knitting retreat I mentioned last week was held in a beautiful Victorian house, owned by the organizer of the event. This is the front of the house.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Built in the 1880s, if I am remembering properly, it has been fully restored and is a lovely place for a group of happy, feisty knitters to spend a weekend.

This is the view from the front lawn, with the house behind me:

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The house is on the very tip of the island, with just the road in-between it and the water.

On Saturday we had two sock classes — toes techniques in the morning, and heel techniques in the afternoon. Our hostess Marie provided a wonderful breakfast and lunch, and after the second class she put out a sundae bar. You know, to help us keep up our strength after all the work we did.

We all went over to the Solomons Pier Restaurant for dinner. It was pounding down rain for parts of the afternoon and evening, but we were able to see the spectacular sunset from our table.

The evening was spent in knitting, spinning and conversation. Some of our group were staying in the house, some at nearby hotels or motels.

Sunday morning was the sock design class. Here is Denise, who started a toe in Saturday’s class and that night looked up my sock templates on my website to adjust the heel to fit her foot, and knit the heel that night:

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Beautifully fitting sock, Denise!

All too soon the weekend was over. We had another yummy lunch, courtesy of Marie, and then gathered on the front lawn for a group shot.

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Then back in the car for the quick drive home. Thank you, all! I had a wonderful weekend.

Oh, and guess what I finished Friday night? Lucy wanted to give you a hint:

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“It’s my new kitty blanket!”

Yeah, we’ll talk.

The Horror

First, a shot of the morning sky:

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But that is not the horror to which I allude in the title  of this post. This is the horror:

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Seed stitch. 483 stitches per row for 8 rows. The horror . . . the horror . . .

Have I ever mentioned how much I loathe working seed stitch?

Never mind, let’s move on to happier things. Like . . .

The Big Wieners!

The Random Number Generator toiled long and hard, and selected five individuals who left comments containing movie titles that contain state names. Those five big wieners winners are:

Nikkapotamus, Elysbeth, Debi, Bonnie, and Wendy in Indy. I have emailed these five winners, so if you think one of those people is you, check your email.

These five each win a copy of the WendyKnits pattern of their choice. You all win my undying gratitude for playing along with my silly request. icon smile The Horror

This Weekend

I’m heading out this weekend to teach at a private knitting retreat. I’ll be returning home at some point on Sunday, but won’t be blogging til Monday. See you then! Hopefully with this thing complete!

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Lucy Sez:

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“Time for another party since Momma’s gonna be away . . . “

Uncle

I get a lot of requests asking me to provide a “formula” for resizing my basic sock patterns. Well, I don’t know how to express the sizing changes in a formula. In fact, I did a whole blog post on how math-challenged I am.

But I did work up a document that has tables that show you the numbers you need for each point of the pattern (i.e., cast-on number, total number of stitches around, number for gusset increases, etc) for three of my “generic” sock patterns: the toe-up slipstitch heel sock, the toe-up gusset heel sock, and the top-down “Temptation” sock. (I did not do this for my generic short-row heel pattern, because you ought to be able to easily figure this out from the version in “excruciating detail.”)

Anyway, the document is here, in pdf format. It is also linked to from my free patterns page, under the “Help” section. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’.

You ought to be able to figure out further adjustments (in both directions) by looking at the numbers I’ve given. I can, and if I can, anyone can.

Disclaimer: I’m not guaranteeing the numbers here are error-free. I carefully checked for accuracy, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. Be forewarned.

Anyhow.

Here is the state of the pink blob:

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And here is a close-up, which shows nicely, I think, the shoulder shaping which makes the shawl sit obediently upon the shoulder.

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Lucy sez

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“I don’t know what the big deal is with heat and humidty. It’s perfectly comfy here in my world!”

Sunrise

Just for fun, a photo of the sky this morning a little after 6:00am:

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I love the sky when it has a pinkish hue!

Speaking of a pinkish hue, I am knitting along on Sandvik. I actually got a fair bit done last night, for which I congratulated myself a little more than was really necessary.

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It’s a relatively easy pattern — you have a lot of the same stuff over and over so at this point a glance at the chart now and then does it for me.

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It’s the purling back rows that slow me down because I get so bored.

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I’m working on a design for a rectangular shawl that has lace patterning on every row — that’ll keep me awake while I knit!

Please to Note

If you want to be entered in the pattern drawing, you need to leave a comment on Sunday’s blog post with a movie title with a state name in it. I mention this because there are a lot of comments on yesterday’s post with state names.

To draw the winner, I go into WordPress and look at the comments for Sunday’s entry only, see how many total comments there were and generate the random numbers within that range of numbers. Then I can easily find the winning numbers from within that group of comments. The comments from other entries aren’t among this group. This is the least labor-intensive way for me to do it. I need to be spending time knitting on my pink blob, not entering comments in a spreadsheet. icon wink Sunrise

Happy Anniversary, Loopy!

If you read Sheri’s blog (and if you don’t, why the heck not?) you will see that she’s got another anniversary contest going on — to enter, all you have to do to enter is leave a comments saying where you first heard about The Loopy Ewe on this blog post. Reading through the comments, it makes me very happy to see how many people I’ve enabled into shopping at The Loopy Ewe.

Loopy rules!

Lucy grudgingly agreed when I told her that she rules more.

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Random Stuff

So, yeah. In case you did not notice, the very first comment to yesterday’s post contained the name of a movie that has Rhode Island in the title.

Michelle was the first to offer up Getting Out of Rhode Island, so she has won 5 WendyKnits patterns.

But there’s still plenty of time to enter a name in yesterday’s comments — you have til Thursday at 4:00 pm Eastern time to offer up a movie with the name of a state in its title and be entered in the drawing for the WendyKnits pattern of your choice.

I did a fair amount of work on Sandvik yesterday. And because Johanne asked me nicely, I am posting a close-up picture here.

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I’m still hoping to have this baby done by the end of the week.

Here is something I discovered over the weekend:

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Dove Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter. Like little nuggets of heaven.

Something else yummy:

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Blueberries! Given to me today by a friend at work. Picked in West Virginia this past weekend.

Lucy could not be reached for comment because she was busy napping.

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