My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Great Response

Thanks, y’all, for the great response to the Argus Shawlette pattern on Ravelry. I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did. I note that there is talk of an Argus Knit-along in the WendyKnits Ravelry Group. So if you are interested, please join in!

And thanks in general for buying my Ravelry patterns. So far I’ll be donating well over $250 to Doctors Without Borders from my sales . . . and it’s only the 21st of the month. (I’ll be donating 50% of my profit from Ravelry pattern sales through January 31).

I’ve had a couple of questions about making changes to the Argus pattern.

You can enlarge it by doing more repeats of Chart A — as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 8-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see — it’s obvious from the pattern.

Another alternative is to use a heavier yarn and larger needles — like a dk weight and perhaps size 8 or 9 needles. You could do this in conjunction with extra chart repeats if you like.

Conversely, you could make it smaller with fewer repeats of Chart A. Like, if you were making it for a small child.

And speaking of doing it in different weights of yarn — you could use laceweight yarn. I’d advise doing a small swatch of the pattern stitch to make sure you are happy with how open it is — you may want to size the needles down as well. And if you are knitting it at a smaller gauge, you’d want to add some repeats as described above.

And this of course would affect the amount of yarn you need.

The sock of the moment now has a heel. Here’s a fairly crappy photo:

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And Miss Lucy is ready for the weekend.

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A Tale of Three Socks

The first sock tale . . .

I took a picture of the KOARC’s foot the other night, as he was wearing a pair of socks I had made for him.

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I noticed what remarkable good shape they are in. This is the sole of the foot:

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If you click to enlarge the pic, you’ll see there’s absolutely no sign of wear.

I went back through my blog, and found the project page for this pair, here. The yarn is Regia sock yarn (wool/nylon blend). I made this pair of socks for him in July 2003 — six and a half years ago! Since that time they have been worn regularly, machine washed in hot water, and dried on high heat. That Regia yarn wears pretty darn well, doesn’t it? Can’t ask for much better than that!

The second sock tale . . .

Remember these socks?

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I finished them back in November — the Heather and Thistle Socks. They are knit from MacKintosh Yarns lovely lovely Iona fingering weight yarn — it’s 80% superwash merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon. The pattern is now available for sale, at MacKintosh Yarns, here.

The third sock tale . . .

My new sock-in-progress.

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This is a design from my upcoming book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body. They are called “Manly Aran Socks” and I designed them specifically for guys. The socks pictured in the book are knit from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the “denim” colorway, lighter than the colorway I’m using. I showed the pic to the KOARC and asked him if he’d like the sample socks knit for the book (he’s the same foot size as the model). He said he’d like them, but he can’t have them until after they go on tour with me this year. (Alternatively, the KOARC could come on tour with me and wear those socks at every event, but then who would take care of Lucy while I’m away from home?)

Anyhow, I figured I’d knit him a pair right now. I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in the “Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret” colorway.

I’m actually a lot further along than the above picture shows.

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This colorway is great to knit during daylight, but at night it turns into a dark navy, so I’m knitting blind most of the time. icon wink A Tale of Three Socks

Another thing . . .

The Argus Shawl pattern is up for sale in my Ravelry store, here (Ravelry link).

This shawlette can be knit from one 100-gram skein of sock yarn and when blocked measures approximately 54” across the top (wingspan) and 25” down the center back.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn, which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques – yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

Like the rest of my Ravelry patterns, I’m donating 50% of my profits through January 31, 2010 to Doctors Without Borders. Thanks to all of you who’ve bought patterns so far!

Lucy sez . . .

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“When you go on the road, Daddy stays home with me. This is non-negotiable.”

Argus Shawlette

As I mentioned yesterday, I finished the shawlette that I was working on last week on Saturday evening.

Here it is in its unblocked state.

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Cat included for scale. Unblocked, it measures a petite 40″ across the top and 20″ down the center back.

And here it after blocking.

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It now measures a surprising 54″ across the top, and 25″ down the center back. And it took under 350 yards of fingering weight yarn. Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, in the Baltic colorway, to be exact. I used a U.S. size 5 (3.75mm) needle.

I’ve named this design the Argus Shawlette. Here it is being modeled by Gwendolyn:

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And another:

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I’m working on the pattern for this baby even as we speak. It’s very easy to knit and a nice speedy project.

Help for Haiti

Today I went into my Ravelry Pattern Store and have edited all the patterns there to reflect that from now through January 31, 2010 I am donating 50% of my profits from all Ravelry pattern sales to Doctors Without Borders.

Lucy sez:

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“Zzzzzzzzzz . . . “

The Mansion on O Street

The event I taught at yesterday, the Designer Scavenger Hunt put on by fibrespace was great fun. It was held at the Mansion on O Street, in northwest Washington DC near Dupont Circle.

The Mansion on O Street has to be seen to be believed.

The event started with a brunch. Here’s the room where we had brunch.

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And the other end of the room:

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After eating we did a little exploring, and I snapped a few pix of some of the rooms. Like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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There are a bunch of bedrooms, and you can stay in them, like a hotel (for a large price). I lost count of how many huge flat panel televisions I saw as we went through the rooms.

The students had clues and had to search the mansion to find the classrooms where the teachers were teaching. To reach my classroom, they had to go through the kitchen (where people were working!), and open a secret door behind pantry shelves. Up a few stone steps and lo and behold!

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My classroom. I taught my classes in the wine cellar. How fun is that?

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I kept eyeing this bottle of champagne on one of the shelves:

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My favorite champagne. It was still there when I left so you may now applaud my restraint.

I had a great time, but boy, am I tired today!

I’m not doing much knitting here today, but guess what I finished on Saturday night? A hint:

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I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Lucy sez:

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“Tease.”

Thursday

Lucy would like to thank you all for friending her on Facebook. I think her goal is to have more Facebook friends than I. She doesn’t . . . yet. Still, she must have spent most of the day responding to friend requests, judging from the number of friends she now has. I hope she doesn’t get carpal paw syndrome.

She was very excited when Charlene Butterbean wrote on her wall, because she is a big fan of Charlene and the Itty Bitty Kitties.

Anyhow, enough of this silliness. I need to start working on setting up auditions for my girl group, The Shawlettes.

Today, Michele Obama visited my workplace but I did not see her. I was in meetings for most of the day. It was Meeting-paloosa! Wheeeee!

I did a bit more work on the To-Be-Named Shawlette last night, but I’m still working on the same section so it is still somewhat boring to see.

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To amuse myself, I’ve revised the next section of the lace five times. So far.

I’ll not be posting on Sunday — I’ve got an all-day event at which I am teaching. But I’ll be back on Monday.

That is, if Lucy doesn’t take over my online presence completely.

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“Be afraid.”