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.

Out With the Old Nupps, In with the New

I have reached the fun point in the Swallowtail shawl — the nupps!

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I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this baby in 2009, so it will likely be my first FO of 2010.

Lucy is spending the day napping, so she can stay up to see the new year in.

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Happy New Year! See you on the flip side!

Getting There

I am now five rows away from starting the next pattern on my Swallowtail Shawl. Woo-hoo!

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I thought I’d be further along at this point but time just got away from me today . . .

More Questions! More Answers!

Knitty commented:

Perhaps you could offer advice for a friend of mine. She was given 200 yards of qiviut by a well meaning friend for Christmas. Is there anything she can make with that amount?

Off the top of my head, without knowing the weight of the qivuit, I’d say wristwarmers or a lacy neckwarmer would work. Anyone else have any ideas?

Allyson asked in the comments:

How was it coming off the Diet Coke? Are you caffeine free too?

I’m not caffeine-free — I have one cup of coffee in the morning, always in a fun mug, like this one:

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I’ve read that coffee, in moderation, has some health benefits, so a cup a day for me.

It was surprisingly easy for me to kick the Diet Coke habit. I actually did that a few weeks before I started the clean eating regime. Now the only beverages I drink are water, green tea, and coffee.

Tina S. asked:

I was wondering what Clean Eating program you are following. After losing 30 lbs through exercise and feeling so much better this past year, I’ve decided to step it up and try a healthier eating program. I’ve looked at several options, and they each have a little different take on clean eating.

I bought this book and have pretty much been following it. I found it rather poorly organized and hard to follow, but there is some sound nutritional advice in there, and the diet does work.

I’ve mentioned before, but will again — we have an Eat-Clean Knitters group over on Ravelry. It has over 250 members right now. some of us are Eat-Clean Newbies, some are veterans, and some are wannabees.

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Of course exercise is an important component of the “clean” lifestyle. I’ve slowly started working out with free weights again, something that has been successful in the past for me.

Lucy Sez

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“She posted that pic of me wearing the shawl. I’m so embarrassed!”

Q & A Day

There were some questions in the comments . . .

Sabine asked:

The definition in your picture seems excellent for being unblocked. Did you give it a little stretch, or is it a factor of the heavier yarn?
How’s the clean eating going?

I didn’t stretch it, it’s just the nature of the yarn to spread out nicely. Here’s the shawl in its current state:

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I didn’t spread it out at all for this shot. It’s just sitting where I left it!

The clean eating is going very well, thanks for asking. I guess I’m in my fourth week, and I estimate that I’ve been 90 – 95% “clean.” No sugar, no white flour, no artificial sweeteners, and pretty close to no preservatives. I drink at least 4 liters of water a day. I’ve noticed results — I feel good, have lost 12 pounds, and my skin looks good enough that I’ve stopped wearing make-up.

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There’s my dead-white self. No color added. icon wink Q & A Day (Can you see Lucy in that pic?)

Crazycrafter asked:

Is that pink the same pink you used on your Wimple a little bit ago?

Nope, but it’s close in color. For the wimple I used Alchemy Juniper in “Evening Pink.”

Today

Today I braved the blustery day to spend some time at Fibrespace. The windchill outside was brutal, but it was warm and cozy in the shop. and there might have been some yarn fondling. Because I’m on a shawlette kick lately, I bought yarn for two more.

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This is Dragonfly Fibers Dragonsock in the “Starry Night” colorway. I love it.

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And that’s Madeline Tosh Tosh Sock in the “Baltic” colorway. I love that too!

While I was out having fun with other knitters, Lucy was snug at home, contemplating the wonderment of existence.

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Or something.

Swallowtail

I’ve been working away on things unbloggable all day, so haven’t yet picked up the project I showed you yesterday morning, but here it is, as it was when I stopped knitting last night:

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As some of you guessed, it is a Swallowtail Shawl.

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I’m using Hand Maiden Sea Silk, in the Rose colorway, on a U.S. 5 (3.75mm) needle. I’ve got a 150-gram skein (600 meters), so I’ll be sizing this up from the pattern so as to make use of my extra yarn. The laceweight version of the pattern calls for 400 meters. It also suggests a U.s. size 4 needle. I went up a needle size because Sea Silk is a slightly heavier laceweight.

Now I must get back to it. Lucy has very handsomely offered to entertain you by striking a cute pose:

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Look at those cute little legs!

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Aftermath

I hope you all had a great holiday. Lucy and I did! Even my little Droid got a present:

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A cellphone beanbag chair!

Here is Lucy’s favorite new toy:

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A tear strip from a box. Gotta love kitties!

Right before Christmas I put my Talisman Shawl pattern up for sale on Ravelry for $5.00 for a pdf download. Here is the direct link.

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And I finished Ishbel. Here it is on Gwendolyn, shown draped over the Talisman Shawl, which is draped over my Exonumist’s Shawl:

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A close-up:

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And a floor shot:

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I knit the larger size and used Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in the Green Riptide colorway, on a U.S. 6 needle. It used about 1.5 skeins of the yarn. I didn’t wet-block it — just steamed it with my trusty steam-iron.

And I started something new.

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Can you guess what it is?

Lucy sez:

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“Now where is my tear-strip?”