My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Next On the Needles

First off, the pattern for Two-Step and Tango is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop.

So what do I have on the needles now?

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It’s still lace, but it is not a shawl or scarf. I’m knitting a lace sweater for a change. I’m using Hand Maiden Swiss Silk (a 100% silk fingering weight) in the “Cedar” colorway, and I’m knitting on a U.S. size 6 (4 mm) needle.

This will be a loose-fitting top with drop shoulders and long sleeves, designed to be worn over a sleeveless dress or cami. I’m planning on doing a v-neck, and a three-needle bind-off for the shoulders. The sleeves will be knit from the bottom up and I’ll pick up stitches along the edge of the body and do a three-needle bind-off to attach the sleeves as well.

This is a very soft yarn, and the sweater will definitely benefit from the structure and strength that the bound-off seams will give. It is a lovely yarn to knit as well.

I got my yarn for my second Camp Loopy project today — see?

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This is Madelinetosh DK in the “Kelp” colorway. The challenge is to knit socks or mittens or gloves with cables. I will be knitting cabled mittens, but we can’t start until July 15. I won’t be done with the sweater by then, but the mittens will make nice commuter knitting for a while.

Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for copies of my upcoming book. I invoked the Random Number Generator and it selected Sally (aka angoraspinner) and Lisa from W Mass to receive the books. I’ve emailed you both. icon biggrin Next On the Needles

Speaking of my upcoming book, it will be coming out in e-book format at the same time as the print version and should be available for all devices and at all e-tailers.

Yarn U

Last week I was given the opportunity to try out a knitting-related iPhone/iPad app — Yarn U. This is a database of yarns (there are over 170 yarns in the database with more being added). There are descriptions and detailed reviews for each of the yarns, lots of lovely full-color photos, links to yarn websites, purchasing options, videos, and patterns, and many user comments.

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Lots of good information for the knitter who is looking for a yarn for a project and would like some detailed inf0rmation and opinions about the different yarns he/she is considering.

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Lucy Sez

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“When are we gonna block again, Momma? I’m ready!”

Comments

  1. So sorry that I didn’t win, however I have the book pre-ordered, so I guess I’ll just have to be patient and wait.

    Regarding the e-book version. I have a hardcopy of both your Socks books, but when they came out as e-books, I thought, “Great, now I can enlarge the charts on my Nook.” No go. The text enlarges, but not the charts. Major bummer. What about on an I-pad? I’m on the verge of breaking down and buying one….this could be a deciding factor.

  2. Annette says:

    Good luck with that Madelinetosh DK! I purchased enough for a sweater, and due to an absolutely horrible time getting gauge on my swatches, I returned the rest to the Loopy Ewe. This superwash wool was stringy, not bouncy, and didn’t hold its shape. Sometimes shopping online is costly!

  3. Annette says:

    I want to add that Sherri at Loopy Ewe was very nice about the yarn return, and allowed me a credit to my Visa rather than a store credit.

  4. Just purchased your Two-Step and Tango. Thank you for it. I am interested in buying the “Nook Color.” I wonder if enlargements of your charts will work on that particular device (as opposed to the regular Nook). Please let me know.

  5. I love this sweater so far. My first lace project was the KAL shawlette, and I’m excited to try a sweater, and have your book ordered; can’t wait to see the patterns there!

  6. Congrats to the winners!
    It seems that you have “gone green” :-)
    A lace sweater is a nice thing to have in the wardrobe, I love and use mine so much that maybe I will knit one more this summer.
    I am not a fan of the green color but that Madelinetosh DK in the “Kelp” colorway look yummy even to me.

  7. What a great idea for attaching the sleeves. You’ve given me a great idea…Well, not just one, there have been others!

  8. I love lace sweaters and have made several… I’m so looking forward to your book. I’ve been collecting lace weight in anticipation.

  9. Congrats to the lucky winners. Please knit faster on that sweater, assuming it will need to be blocked, an idle feline is NOT a good thing. But Lucy IS a good girl.

  10. Love the new pattern! Can’t wait ’til that new book is out……I wonder if Lucy would “sign” a copy for me….under her mother’s autograph, of course….

  11. I’m glad to see a lace project that’s not a shawl. I’m not big on shawls but love the challenge of knitting lace pieces. Looking forward to getting this pattern. Do you ever knit socks any more?
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  12. The beginning of the lace sweater is beautiful. I’ll be anxious to see it progress. It sounds like a lovely style.

  13. OOOHHH! I like that sweater! You’re going to let us purchase/have the pattern, right? Right?
    Tell Lucy that my kitty Hitch says hi!

  14. I love the Swiss Silk. I used it for Camp Loopy project 1, which is just waiting for a few ends to be woven in and blocking to be done. I noticed in my skein (and I loved it anyway) a lot of areas where it almost looked like they used a Russian join or something similar to continue the spinning.

  15. Liz in Missouri says:

    Just got my copy of Tango and can’t wait to start on it. I love the green sweater. Absolutely one of my favorite colors and the lace looks gorgeous. As usual – I’m so impressed by how quickly you knit.

  16. LPStarr says:

    Oooooooo, shiney, what a pretty light weight sweater. I wish I had an iPhone. I need just that app.