My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Choices

I have finally received the buttons I ordered for my Victoria cardigan.

I ordered two sets of buttons. Which one do you like better?

Celtic buttons?

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Or little sheep?

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I think I have already made my choice, but I’m interested to hear what you all think too.

Contrary to what a lot of you seemed to think (judging from the comments) I did not post a picture of a big cinnamon bun in yesterday’s blog post. (I looked at it and looked at it, but I just don’t “get” cinnamon bun from the photo.)

Here is the state of the pi shawl now.

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Like most lace projects, it doesn’t look like much while it is on the needles — just a rumpled rag. But I have faith that when it emerges from the needles, it will be very pretty. As I mentioned, this is a very easy pattern, so a nice choice for a lace beginner. It’s a big project, so if you are an immediate gratification kind of knitter, it may not be for you. But if you don’t mind putting in some time and effort, you will be amply rewarded for it.

Anyhow, that’s all I’ve got. But tune in tomorrow for a giveaway!

If Lucy wasn’t so sleepy, she’d be jumping up and down in excitement.

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I Love Pi

Thank you for all your nice comments on Nancy’s socks. I hope you all enjoy the pattern. My socks were mailed today, so they will reach Nancy in a couple of days.

I decided for my next project to do some nice easy lace. Here it is:

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This is the EZ 100th Anniversary Shawl (Ravelry link) by Mwaa Knit. I am knitting mine in Wollmeise laceweight in the “Single Malt” colorway.

I’ve had this skein of yarn for quite a while and have been on the look-out for a good pattern for it. I started a couple of things using it, but ripped them both out as neither seemed right for it. But I think I’ve found a winner.

The pattern is a free Ravelry download, and was designed in honor of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s 100th birthday, which is on August 9. It’s a very easy pattern and quite entertaining. And free! What’s not to like?

As you can see, Lucy is still on the move!

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Nancy’s Socks

I completed the socks I was working on last week.

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A close-up:

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And proof of the second sock!

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I am calling this design “Nancy’s Socks.” This is for the simple reason that I designed and knit these socks for someone named Nancy.

Nancy is the mother of one of my closest friends. Last month she moved from her home into an assisted living facility in another state (close to her daughter). I went with my friend to see the facility a few days before her mom moved in. It’s a very nice place — clean, cheerful, and with a very friendly staff. But still, I know it is a tremendous upheaval for someone to move from her own home into such a different situation. I wanted to do a little something for her, sort of a “welcome to your new home” gift. Hence the socks.

I’m offering the pattern as a freebie on my site. The pdf is available for download, here. It is also linked to from my free patterns page. It is a very easy pattern, and I thought quite fun to knit. It is made from fingering weight sock yarn and I’m offering the pattern in a wide range of sizes. I think it will look equally nice knit in a solid color or variegated because it is a simple lace rib.

I hope that some of you who download it will knit a pair for someone in assisted living, or in a hospital, or heck — just knit a pair for a friend! 🙂

And here is proof that Lucy does move from time to time.

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