My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

All Blocked and Ready to Party

When I got up this morning, I noticed that Miss Lucy had placed one of her toys on the Stacy Shawl as it lay blocking.

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I’m not sure what the meaning of this is — perhaps Lucy was staking her claim to the shawl?

Anyway, I released the shawl from its bondage today.

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Gwendolyn looks very pretty wearing it, I think.

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Front:

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And a side view:

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A close-up of the bottom edge:

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Some Q&A . . .

Several of you asked how I came up with the name for my True Love Stole. The name came out of a private joke. And that’s all I have to say about that (I am apparently channeling Forrest Gump here).

Alexandra commented:

Wendy, I am so impressed by how fast you knit. It just took you 5 days, plus you were working on other things! Wow, that is fast knitting. I so wish I could knit that fast. Any secrets to how you get done so fast? Do you like knit night and day! I know that you talk about working so wow! do you work everyday and still get these projects done so fast? What’s the secret!!!

Yes, I have a “real” job — one that takes me away from home at least 11 hours each day.  It’s quite the nuisance, let me tell you. icon wink All Blocked and Ready to Party

Yes, I knit the Stacy Shawl in 5 days. But 2 of those days were days off from work (I was off Friday for a dentist appointment, so got some good knitting time in then, as well as on Saturday). And it is a very fast knit.

I don’t really have a secret for fast knitting, except to knit every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. And knit during “stolen moments” — when you waiting in line for something, on hold on the phone, commuting on the subway, etc. On weekdays I knit for a few minutes before I leave for work in the morning, on the subway to and sometimes from work, during my lunch break, and for a couple of hours in the evening. It adds up!

Josie asked:

Could you describe the process you go thru when designing a triangular shawl?

I wouldn’t know where to begin. It’s different every time!

But I will tell you it involves a lot of playing around with charts on an excel spreadsheet.

In other news, I’m knitting something pink.

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Lucy sez:

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“Mine.”

The Stacy Shawl

I finished the Stacy Shawl yesterday. Here it is unblocked:

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The pre-blocking dimensions (unstretched) are 44″ across the top and 21″ down the center back.

And here it is pinned out and blocking:

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After blocking, it is 66″ across the top, and 30″ down the center back.

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It’s a more-than-a-triangle shawl — extra increases on the top/front edge make a shape that stays nicely on the shoulders.

It took 2 skeins of Tempted Yarns Luxe Grrl yarn (a total of 500 yards), knit on a US size 7 (4.5mm) needle. I started this on September 29, and finished it yesterday — so it took me 5 days. I was working on other projects at the same time, so as you can see, this is a very quick knit! And fun too — nothing difficult about it. If you can work a k2tog, an ssk, and a yarnover, you can knit this shawl.

The pattern will be available soon — as part of a shawl kit from Tempted Yarns. Stacy asked me if I would do a design for her Luxe Grrl yarn — that’s the yummy cashmere blend — so she could put together shawl kits. This shawl is the result. I think this would be a great item to knit as a holiday gift — it’s a quick and fun knit so you’ll be abe to whip it up in no time.

Stacy is busily dyeing up a bunch of colorways in the Luxe Grrl yarn, so the kit will be available soon. I’ll keep you posted here on its availability, and Stacy will be posting in her Ravelry group as well.

Lucy is worn out from supervising the blocking process.

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Ah, True Love!

The True Love Stole has been blocked and is ready for action!

Here it is pinned out.

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Do you see something unusual? There is no fluffy kitty reclining on the stole! I have no idea why, but during the whole pinning out process, Lucy sat on the sidelines, watching. This is a first for her.

I don’t think it was the dampness of the shawl deterring her. I mean, it’s not like that has never stopped her in the past.

Here’s a close-up shot.

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And unpinned and relaxing on a chair:

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Gwendolyn wanted to model the new shawl as well:

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And finally:

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I used about 1000 yards of Jojoland Cashmere and a 3.25mm needle. Blocked dimensions are approximately 24″ by 66″.

It will be a while before the pattern is ready. I need to re-knit the mitered corners to better document them for the pattern and I need to find time to do that.

Now, back to knitting on the Stacy shawl. I see that a few of your asked questions about this shawl in the comments — I’ll answer ‘em next week!

Lucy sez

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“I could lie on the stole, but the color washes me out.”