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.

Prometheus Unbound

This blog post should be titled “Chevron Stole Unbound” but “Prometheus Unbound” just sounds so much more dramatic, don’t you think?

However, that makes this sound like a post fraught with torment. Hmmmmmm. Well, blocking this stole did torment me a bit. When one has chronic back issues, crawling around the floor threading blocking wires through wet lace and pinning it out while a small but enthusiastic cat is bounding around and “helping” is, in retrospect, not a good idea.

But what’s done is done and I lived to tell the tale.

Lucy guarded it all day, waiting for me.

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I discovered that it is hard to photograph:

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Another:

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Another:

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And a close-up:

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Here’s the yarn for the next project:

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This is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20, in the “Topaz” colorway. It is 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Very VERY soft!

Tune in tomorrow for more details!

It’s not every day that you glance out your office window and see elephants strolling down the street.

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Apparently the circus just arrived in town.

Blocking the Chevron Stole

My “stolen time” worked out well for me, because last night I finished knitting my Chevron Stole.

Here it is pre-blocking.

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It measures 22″ wide by 50″ long.

The b locking photo is sort of boring because the lace does not show up well on my black foam blocking board. But here you go.

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It now measures 26″ wide by 66″ long.

When I unpin it I promise better photos. icon smile Blocking the Chevron Stole

I knit this from two skeins of MadelineTosh Tosh Sock with this much left over:

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As I mentioned before in the blog, I will offer this pattern together with the Chevron Stole pattern that I completed last month. Just have to get the final pattern details done.

You gotta love a Two-fer.

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Today So Far

I finally managed to drag myself out of bed this morning at about 9:45am. (Staying up until the time changed from 2:00am to 3:00am was a bad idea, in retrospect).

I hate Daylight Savings Time. Hate it hate it hate it. Not only that, but I hate it.

Despite the late start, so far today I:

  • made yogurt (well it’s still in the yogurt maker)
  • took a bunch of photos for a stealth project
  • did two loads of laundry
  • did some closet reorganization
  • reorganized my DVDs

Now for some stolen time:

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Stolen time. Get it? I crack me up.

Lucy is still checking my work in my closet:

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It seems like there was something else I was supposed to be doing, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I hope it was nothing important!

Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width

If you know to what the title of this blog post refers, you get extra credit today. Possibly even a gold star.

And it’s a total non sequitur for this blog — I just happened to be thinking about it.

I’ve been having lots of fun knitting on my Chevron Stole because I keep falling asleep while knitting it, then I wake up and continue merrily on to the end of the row. Then a few rows later I notice that I dropped a stitch while knitting in my sleep and have to fix it — whoopsie!

It’s been a tiring week, so I’ve had lots of knitting entertainment of this sort.

I’m estimating that I am approximately two-thirds done with the stole, so assuming I can stay awake long enough to finish it, finish it I may. In the not-too-distant future.

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Book Give-away

I awoke the great and mighty Random Number Generator from its slumber to choose a winner for a copy of Rachael Herron’s How to Knit a Love Song. The winner is Kendra. Kendra, I have emailed you. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to enter.

Hey, Look

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I won the lottery.

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Whee.

This Weekend . . .

It is supposed to rain and rain, and then rain some more. Could be worse, could be snowing. And I might manage to get some knitting done.

If I can stay awake, that is.

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Books

Yesterday was a very-little-knitting day, but it was a good book day!

Exhibit A:

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I received a copy of Haapsalu Shawl, A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia. I purchased my copy from The Needle Arts Book Shop (here’s the link to the book for sale there). They are lovely to deal with — wonderful customer service and fast shipping.

The book is magnificent. Yeah, it’s expensive, but if you are into lace, I think it is worth every penny. It’s about the history of Estonian lace knitting. There are many many great photographs and illustrations. While there are no patterns for knitting shawls, there is a lot of explanation of how the traditional shawls are constructed and a huge stitch dictionary of the lace stitches used. Wow. Just . . . wow.

Exhibit B:

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Speaking of wow, you probably know that our own dear Rachael has published her first novel, How to Knit a Love Song.

I call her “our” Rachael because she is a member of the knit-blog family. I’ve been reading her blog forever (I remember when it was called “My Glass House”). She is one of the “old-school” knit-bloggers from way back when there were only a handful of us.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and can assure you that Rachael is as delightful and genuine in person as she is on her blog.

So you’ll excuse me, I hope, for being a little misty on the occasion of her first book coming out. I remember back when she was an aspiring writer and I’m so proud of her and so freaking happy to see her well-deserved success.

Rachael very kindly signed a copy for me and sent it to me (and I’ll confess to you that I also bought the Kindle edition so I can read it on the go as well). I’ve started reading it and I’m loving it.

Rachael has offered a second copy to one of my readers. And I’m betting if we ask nice, she’ll sign it, too. If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for How to Knit a Love Song, leave a comment to this entry by 4:00pm Eastern time this Thursday, March 11. The Random Number Generator will select a lucky recipient.

Lucy sez:

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“Hey, Digit’s momma wrote this book!”