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.

Status

The Knitting Status:

The Talisman Shawl is a few rows longer than it was the last time I posted photos. But just a few.

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I have high hopes for this weekend, when we are supposed to get what might actually be a “significant” snowfall.

I dearly wish that said significant snowfall is significant enough to stall all activities in the region and cause the government to close with admin leave for all on both Monday and Tuesday. Why, yes, my holiday leave starts Wednesday. How did you know?

I realize this is not very likely, but hey! A girl can dream, right?

The Hair Status:

It’s still red.

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It’s been just about a year since I started henna-ing it.

The Heat Status:

I have not yet turned on the heat.

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I think it’s comfy in here!

The Lucy Status:

She’s snuggled up on her sheepskin due to the heat status.

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Though I still do not understand how she, with her lovely thick fur coat, can be chilly when I am not.

One Skein

In the comments to yesterday’s post, Angela asked if my Talisman Shawl will take more than one skein. I’m planning for it to take only one (since that’s all I’ve got).

The Wollmeise is a lovely big skein — 575 yards. For this shawl, after you work the set-up chart, you can repeat the body chart as many times as you like (it is a 24-row repeat), and then work the edging chart. So I can sort of eyeball how much yarn I’ve got left as I work and decide when I need to stop doing repeats and work the edging.

I’m confident that my one skein will make a lovely good-sized shawl.

That is assuming I actually have time to knit on it. I’ve knit on the train the past two mornings, but was not able to get any lunchtime knitting in for one reason or another. And the trains have been too crowded for me to knit on the way home. I got an hour or so of knitting time in last night and expect to get about the same tonight.

It’s funny, the more I want to get something done, it seems like the less time I have to actually work on it.

And I won’t be knitting tonight — a botched blood donation (thank you, Red Cross) has left one arm bruised and throbbing.

So don’t expect much tomorrow. icon wink One Skein

To make up for the lack of photos and knitting progress tonight, Lucy gives you this:

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Paw floof!

Talisman Shawl

Anyone remember this?

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This is the Talisman Shawl, which I designed and knit in 2008. I would have been highly impressed indeed if anyone had identified this as that pattern:

Here’s a close-up on the pattern stitch in the original version:

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And here’s a close-up in my current version:

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The original was knit from a laceweight handspun merino/tencel on a U.S. size 5 needle. I’m currently knitting it in fingering weight on a U.S. size 5 needle. Interesting to see how it looks, eh?

(I agree that it does resemble the Fountain Pen Shawl, but I designed and knit the original a good six months before that shawl pattern was published in IK so I wasn’t influenced by it!)

I never did anything with the pattern, apart from knitting it up. I came across the pattern a few days ago and thought it would be fun to knit it up in in fingering weight. So there you have it!

It may just be me . . .

But I think the nutcracker in this office party invitation looks rather shifty-eyed and sinister. He probably is, given who is hosting the party.

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(Click photo to enlarge and make readable . . . and spot the punctuation issue!)

To change the subject . . .

Check out this perfect little profile:

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Much Better

If I’d been thinking (for a change) I’d have taken a “before” photo of the wollmeise knit with size 7 needles. It would make the photo with the size 5 needles below much more dramatic.

But here it is:

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If anyone can identify the pattern I am using (apart from L-B who knows) I will be suitably impressed.

Not much blogging time today so I’ll leave you with a photo of my favorite view in my condo:

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Dry Spell

It was a dark and dreary morning . . .

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I seem to have hit a bit of a dry spell with the knitting.

See, in less than a month I am embarking on the Unique Sheep’s Enchanted Wood Lace Shawl Knit-Along. We start January 10 (if I remember correctly). I’m sorta sick of socks for the moment. So what to knit?

Aside: I did finish my socks-in-progress, see?

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They are sportweight, knit from Fiesta Boomerang in the “White Zinfandel” colorway (which is one of my all-time favorite colorways). I like the socks, but as I was knitting the second sock I thought of some ways I want to adjust the pattern a bit. So i shall be winkling it a bit at some point and knitting another pair.

But not right now.

I am feeling uninspired, so what to do?

Wollmeise to the rescue!

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This is Wollmeise sock yarn in the “Rhubarber” colorway. I started knitting some lace with it last night, but I didn’t like my results — I was using too large a needle (a U.S. size 7 – 4.5mm). I didn’t have other needles handy just then, so I just frogged the bit I did and will start again today with a size 5, I think.

I tend to like more “solid” lace, particularly when I’m using a variegated yarn. While this colorway isn’t wildly variegated, there are definite shifts of color. If I knit on too large a needle, the open-ness of the fabric plus the shifts in color detracts from the lace pattern.

Tune in tomorrow to see how successful I am!

Before I start in on the knitting, I have some gifts to wrap.

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And Lucy is getting ready to settle in for a long winter’s nap!

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