My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Archives for June 2011

More or Less Serious Answers to Questions

A number of you have asked me what the official name of the Summer Mystery Shawlette is. I’m happy simply calling it “Summer Mystery Shawlette.”

There was a question about the size of the shawlette I knit. I knit mine according to the pattern with no extra repeats. The finished size does depend a lot on your tension while knitting and of course how much you stretch your piece while blocking.

A couple of commenters asked how I keep Lucy off my knits while they are blocking. In response, I offer these photos.

I think that answers that question, don’t you? 😉

Lucy is a dainty little girl and wants only to lie on my knits — she never does them any harm. (Note that Lucy is declawed — she was declawed before I adopted her — so there is no worry of her clawing the delicate lace.) She was particularly taken with this project and really enjoyed rolling around on it.

She did seem a bit annoyed when I unpinned it and took it up yesterday. I think she was hoping it was going to remain on the floor for her use.

The Estonian Pi Shawl pattern is now, by the way, available for sale in my Ravelry Store. The pattern has both charts and written-out instructions, so you can pick your poison. 😉 While it is a large shawl, it is fairly easy to knit — there is nothing terribly difficult in the pattern, just a lot of it!

So.

Now that your needles are all revved up for summer after completing the Summer Mystery Shawlette, whatcha gonna knit?

I know what I’m going to be starting in 8 days time . . . my project for the first month of Camp Loopy! Don’t know what Camp Loopy is? Follow that link and read all about it!

I’ve ordered my yarn for my first project (you have through June 10 to order your yarn and get the discount) and you are to knit your project between June 15 and July 15. There are some pretty nice perqs to motivate you to finish your projects on time — again, follow the link above to read all about ’em.

Can you guess what I’m knitting for my first Camp Loopy project? I’ll give you a hint — it is not my own pattern.

But in the meantime, I am knitting something from this.

Lucy sez:

“If she didn’t want me to lie on it, she wouldn’t leave it on the floor.”

Finished Objects

I’ve been enjoying looking at all the FO pix of your Summer Mystery Shawlettes in the FO thread in my Ravelry discussion group. It’s fun to see the different yarns and colors you all have used.

My FO pix . . .

Here it is pre-blocking.

Here it is post-blocking.

I used Madelintosh Tosh Sock in the “Mulled Wine’ colorway for my shawlette.

And guess what? I bound off my Estonian Pi last night.

Unblocked, it measures 50 inches across.

I wet-blocked it today. Here it is pinned out on my living room floor.

It now measures 64 inches across.

Pattern coming soon!

I used Wollmeise Lacegarn in the “Fliederbusch” colorway on a 3.5mm needle. I purchased the yarn from The Loopy Ewe when they had the lace in slightly smaller skeins (a boo-boo from the mill that were sold at lower prices.) My skein, however, weighed 299 grams (I can’t remember how much it was listed as, but it was less) — a full skein of Lacegarn is 300 grams and 1740 yards. I had this much left over after knitting:

It’s probably at least 500 yards. 1740 yards divided by 300 grams is 5.8 yards per gram. Multiply 5.8 times 90 grams and you get 522 yards. Who would like my leftovers? 🙂 There’s enough for a small shawl here.

Leave a comment to this blog post telling me you’d like it by Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 4:00pm EDT and I’ll draw a winner at random from the comments.

Speaking of winners, several of you correctly identified the television show that Lucy was watching in my last blog post as “How I Met Your Mother,” the episode from the first season entitled “Nothing Good Happens After 2:00 A.M.” Although you could only see the very bottom of the tv screen, the hint was the “2 am” showing at the bottom. I sent a coupon code good for some free patterns from my Ravelry store to the first two people who posted the right answer in the comments

Lucy is not sure he is going to watch tv today. She may spend the day napping.

She was, after all, a big help in the blocking of my Estonian Pi.

 

The End is Nigh

The end of the Summer Mystery Shawlette, that is.

If you have completed Chart C, your work should look something like this:

Here is the final clue in pdf format, which contains the last chart, Chart D, along with that chart in written out line-by-line form.

This is the smallest piece of the pattern, just 20 progressively shorter rows plus the bind-off. Blocking instructions are included.

I hope you have enjoyed this KAL, and if you did, you will consider buying my upcoming book: Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace, which will be released on August 23, 2011. There — you didn’t think I would let you get away without an advertisement, did you?

My Hitchcock Writing Desk

In the comments “amy1” mentioned having a writing desk identical to mine. It is a Hitchcock Writing Desk and just for grins, I searched a little to see if I could find one online. Here is a listing with photo for one that was sold at auction. It appears to be identical to mine. I bought mine from Ethan Allen in the mid-1980s. A deciding factor in its purchase was that it matched the Hitchcock chairs I already had — which had been my grandmother’s chairs.

These are “Kling Turtle Back Hitchcock” chairs, and while I’ve seen pictures of many different Hitchcock turtle back chairs, I’ve not found one identical to mine.

Sadly, the Hitchcock company went out of business a few years ago.

My Windsor chair (which I love) is also made by Hitchcock, but is not decorated in their distinctive style.

I love chairs 🙂

Lucy prefers to stretch out on the floor when she watches tv.

The first person who leaves a comment correctly identifying the show and the episode Lucy is watching will win a prize! And a bonus if you can give me the exact name of the episode.