My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Unexpected

We had an unexpected snow day yesterday. The weather forecast had said the majority of bad weather would be south of us and we’d just get a bit of snow. Well, it snowed all day yesterday non-stop so it was a nice little stay-in snow day.

I started a new project, but you don’t get to see it yet. Friday night I finished my shawlette-in-progress. Here it is, fresh off the needles:

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Lucy’s head included for scale. It is about the same size as the Argus shawl unblocked — 40″ across the top edge and 20″ down the center back.

After popping some percocet, I felt up to blocking it. Behold the shawlette all pinned out!

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Blocked it is 56″ across the top edge and 25″ down the center back. Here it is, released from its bondage:

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A close-up:

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Another close-up:

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I’m calling it “Seaside Shawlette.” The bottom border is supposed to remind you of waves and the body pattern could be shells on the beach. Or something. I knit it from one skein of Sanguine Gryphon Eidos sock yarn on a U.S., size 6 needle. The skein weighed 118 grams and when I was done, I had 16 grams leftover. Each skein had around 400 yards, so I’m estimating that this shawl will take 400 yards. If my math is correct, I used about 350 yards for mine.

Anyhow the pattern will be available soon.

Check It Out!

Check out Threadknits — it’s an online knitting and crocheting contest. You could win some very cool prizes by entering your creations. I was asked to be one of the judges, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! Contest ends March 1, so you’ve got some time to come up with something fabulous.

Lucy sez:

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“Speaking of fabulous . . . I heart naps!”

It Is Time

Time for what? Time to bind off my shawlette.

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Excitement is in the air. Lucy can hardly contain herself — see?

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Which of these two yarns do you think I’ll use for my next shawl? (They are both Madelinetosh Tosh Sock.)

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A New Shawlette

Yep, I’m working on a new shawlette. Clearly I have shawlette fever.

I cheated on the pic I showed you yesterday, because it is from Sunday afternoon. Here is the current state of the shawlette.

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Sorry for the crappy flash pic — it’s dark, so hard to get a good shot.

I’m knitting this from one of my favorite sock yarns: Sanguine Gryphon Eidos. The colorway is “Polimarchus” — ain’t it purdy?

I’m using a U.S. size 6 needle for this one. I used a size 5 for Argus, but the Eidos is a bit . . . I dunno . . . firmer than the MadTosh sock yarn I used for Argus so I figured I’d go up a needle size.

Like Argus, I’m trying to make this from one skein of sock yarn and so far it looks like I’ll be successful.

And Lucy is hard at work keeping my place on the couch warm.

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Because knitting an intricate cabled sock in a dark yarn seems more than I can handle for the moment, I’ve started another easy shawlette.

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Film at eleven.

Thanks for all your good wishes. I’ve been to the spine doc and have an order to get an MRI, and a boatload of pain meds. So we are hanging in there.

Lucy sez:

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“Come play with me?”

The Weekend in Review

I can sum up the past few days in two words: Back Pain.

I’ll be back when I can reach my keyboard without extreme pain. icon wink The Weekend in Review