My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Another Denim Update

Yes, I am still working on my denim jacket . . . though I suppose I should refer to it as a coat. I estimate the finished length (after shrinking) to be about 40 inches, and that is more coat-length than jacket-length.

I am working on a sleeve here:

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This is the first sleeve and I’ve been working on it here and there. I also completed the neckband:

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So all that remains is for me to knit a further 1.5 sleeves, join the sleeves to the body, sew up the side seams, and throw the whole thing in the washer and dryer to shrink/fade.

Here is a photo of the new sign on the cat side of the veterinary clinic that I take Lucy to:

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I don’t know what language the last word in the left-hand column is (can anyone tell me?), but I love what their word for cat is!

Lucy is unconcerned.

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A Whole Lot of Denim

I have finished the body of the denim jacket. Here is the back:

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Here is the front:

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And here is a closeup of the front:

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I am about to start a sleeve. The body of this piece is 48″ long (before shrinking) so the sleeves will, in comparison, seem like a breeze. This design has dropped shoulders, and without shrinking, I need the sleeves to be 18″, so allowing for approximately 20% shrinkage, I will knit to 22″ for each sleeve.

We had a big storm blow through yesterday, bringing in some cooler weather. Yay! For the first time in a long time, I had the sunroof on my car open.

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And Lucy is settling down for a nap.

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Swatching

Even though I still have quite a lot of knitting to do on my denim jacket, I’ve been thinking ahead to my next project and have been knitting swatches as part of the design process. Here’s a “big” cable:

Cable083112 240x143 Swatching

Here is a panel of “mini” honeycomb stitch:

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And here is a filler stitch:

SandStitch083112 240x143 Swatching

I’m going to put these three elements together for my next project.

The honeycomb stitch I swatched is a honeycomb made up of 2-stitch cables. I thin k I will instead do a larger honeycomb with 4-stitch cables. I think it will “go” better with the main cable. So I’ll re-swatch that piece and see how it looks with the big cable.

Lucy doesn’t really care.

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Sheepy Goodness

I’m still working along on the Denim Jacket.

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That’s the left side front, almost completed. I have yet to make the right side front and the sleeve, so there is still a lot of knitting to be done on this.

Thanks to all of you who left a comment on my last post to be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of  More Than a Dozen Hats & Beanies by Carri Hammett. The winner is Melanie J., who has been emailed.

I was talking this week with a friend (hi Sharon!) about Black Welsh Mountain sheep yarn. Back in the mid 90s I came across a small wool shop in Padstow, Cornwall and bought a quantity of Black Welsh Mountain yarn there. I still have some of it and it is even still in the bag from the yarn shop:

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It’s aran weight and I have 587 grams of it:

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And Lucy says it still smells pretty sheepy!

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