My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Binding Off

There were a couple of questions in the comments about the bind-off I used for my pink sock.

It’s Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Cool, eh?

I tried it out on my last pair if socks — the Diamond Lace socks. Here’s a close-up:

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Here’s a close-up of the bind-off on my pink sock:

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They look different because, of course, the periwinkle sock is fingering weight and the pink sock is sportweight.

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Is it stretchy? Yes it is!

Is it stretchier than the Russian bind-off I usually use? Not noticeably, I think.

Do I like it better than the Russian bind-off? Well, no. My major beef is that it takes longer to execute. But if you need something really stretchy, and you like the little pattern it creates, this is the bind-off for you!

In the “You Need to Know” Department

Lucy would like to share with you that I have not turned on the heat yet.

It occurs to me that because I have embarked on a regime of Clean Eating, I ought not to call Lucy my “Little PopTart” anymore. Seriously, how unhealthy can you get?

From this point forward, when I an feeling particularly sappy and wish to call Miss Lucy by a pet name, I shall refer to her as my “Little Bowl of Organic Oatmeal Cooked with Dried Organic Blueberries and Dried Organic Fuji Apples and Sprinkled with Organic Flaxseed Meal.”

It’s just not the same, is it?

Here (because Sharon asked) is a picture of the new glasses I just got:

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And here is Miss Lucy, on the move!

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Day Three

Hey, thanks for all your nice comments and suggestions with regard to eating clean! I’m pleased to see how many of you are on the same or similar regime.

Today was Day Three for me. Yesterday I ate 6 mini-meals and thought that surely I had gained weight from it — I was happy and satisfied foodwise all day. And the scale this morning told me that I had lost 1.5 pounds. What a pleasant surprise. Gotta love it.

(I do not habitually step on the scale every day — more like once a week. But it’s hard not to jump on every ten minutes!)

I had thought I would ease into this regime over the next month so I’d be committed to it fully by the first of the year. But I guess I’ve already done that. But that’s the way I am — I ted to jump into things all or nothing.

Reader Debbie in Minnesota commented about starting an Eat-Clean group in Ravelry. I think it’s a great idea. While there are Eat-Clean forums online, I like the idea of a group that is exclusively for Ravelers. It makes the group smaller and more manageable and more friendly somehow. I see it as a great place for exchanging ideas, sources, and recipes for good food that’s quick and easy for those of us with zero spare time. Also a place where we can encourage each other and cheer each other on.

The group is on Ravelry, here. If you are already into a plan like clean eating, please feel free to join, along with those of you who are perhaps interested in the concept or are thinking about starting.

I foresee a recipe contest . . . icon wink Day Three

Back to Knitting

I’m working on my second sportweight sock.

And I took another photo of the first one.

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Better, don’t you think?

In Other News

Spring Fling Sign-ups are open!

In Other Other News

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Lucy is demonstrating her “hen on a nest” pose.

Eating Clean

I enjoyed reading your guesses as to why I cleaned out my cupboards and gave away all my food. (I cleaned the fridge too, but there wasn’t too much to clean out.)

I guess you could call the reason a major life change — I’m making a commitment to eating clean — only natural and organic foods. No processed crap, no preservatives.

I made a start a few weeks ago when I stopped drinking diet soda. And as of yesterday, I am drinking only one cup of coffee per day, water (and lots of it), and green tea.

After cleaning out my kitchen I went shopping. It’s a good thing I received my annual performance award a week ago, because that was a pricey proposition. Here’s what my kitchen looked like after I got home.

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Now my cupboards are nicely restocked.

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So’s the fridge.

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I got only all natural stuff and organic where I could. No processed sugar, no white flour. I’ve been building up to this over the past couple of weeks, and jumped into it with both feet yesterday.

So far so good. The only drawback so far is the amount of time it takes to prepare everything. It’s a heckuva lot easier to pop a Lean Cuisine in the microwave.

If you google “eating clean” you can find a lot of good information online. This article is a very good summary of the concept of clean eating.

I got this book a couple of weeks ago. (It says it will be published in January, but it is available now.) While the book layout is kind of garish and makes it look like a fad diet book, it has sound ideas and principles. It’s rather poorly organized so that you have to flip back and forth alot, but I still recommend it.

In knitting news, I did very little over the weekend. I did manage to knit this sock.

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Sorry for the lousy photo, but it is dark and I am tired.

It’s sportweight, so it went quickly. Knit from Fiesta Boomerang in the “White Zinfandel” colorway, on 2.75mm needles.

And I’m knitting the second sock. Excitement abounds!

Lucy exudes excitement.

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Changes

Here is the shawlette, unpinned and being modeled by Gwendolyn:

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And laid out on the floor:

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I wanted a good bird’s eye view, so I perched precariously on a chair for that shot. Here’s a close-up of the bottom point:

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Thanks for all your great comments on this. It is a little larger than a shawlette. This was knit from a skein of Dream in Color Baby, which is laceweight and comes in skeins of approximately 700 yards and 113 grams. I had 37 grams left over. I used approximately two-thirds of the skein. If my math is correct, that’s about 229 yards leftover, so I made the shawl in 471 yards. You could make it from one skein of Wollmeise. Hmmmmmm . . .

In other news, I cleaned out my kitchen cupboards and gave all the food away to a food drive:

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All except one lonely box of whole-wheat pasta and some cooking bags. What’s up with me? Changes!

Meanwhile, Lucy consented to lie on the new shawltette so you can get an idea of the size:

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Success

As I mentioned before, for me, knitting up a lace pattern on the fly can be a hit or miss proposition. I know what I want it to look like when it is done and blocked, but I don’t know if reality is going to match what I visualize in my fevered brain.

Here’s my shawlette pre-blocking:

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It is 48″ across the top edge and 21″ down the center back.

And here it is after blocking:

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(If you click on the photo you can see a larger size that shows the detail quite nicely.)

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

And I’m happy with it — it looks the way I envisioned it. icon smile Success

The pattern will be available — eventually. You might have noticed that I’ve not written up patterns for my past few projects. I’ve got a lot of “stuff” on my plate and simply don’t have right now to release any new patterns. But I appreciate very much that so many of you ask and want to knit my stuff! In time, you can!

You may note that there was no small fluffy kitty reclining on it in either photo. Small fluffy kitty is here:

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Happily snuggled up on her sheepskin!