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.

Gradient

First things first, the winner of a copy of Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford is Sally, who has been emailed. Thanks to all who left a comment and thanks again to the publisher for generously offering a copy for this giveaway.

Upon completing Drachenfels last week, I of course cast on something new: Segel, another wrap, this one designed by Lea Viktoria, whose Strandwanderer design I recently completed.

The design is knit from a gradient set from Miss Babs (Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes) and since I am fond of gradients, that’s what I decided to use too, mine in the Draco colorway. Because I wanted to make mine larger, I got two sets instead of one. I started knitting with the darkest color and am working from dark to light.

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Once I get to the lightest of the 5 colors I’ll reverse the order and work from light to dark.

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I am using a 3.5mm (U.S. size 4) needle for this project. It is double-sided, knit in the round, so I opted for a looser rather than tighter gauge. The resulting fabric is really lovely.

It’s a soothing knit and the pattern is quickly memorized. The only time I really need to pay close attention is when I am moving from one color to the next. The pattern directs you on how exactly to do this to blend the colors as much as possible. In the first photo above I am at the point where I am joining in the 4th (of 5) colors. So when I get to the 5th color, I will use the two skeins of the lightest color in a row, then work back from light to dark.

Like the Strandwanderer pattern, this one is well-written and includes a step-by-step photo tutorial for techniques used in the pattern. Very nice!

Loki seems to enjoy this knit because I am finding lots of long white hairs in it as I work on it.

Here is Loki:

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That is what used to be my nightstand that he is lying on. He decided not too long ago that the only thing that should be on my nightstand is him. I got the brilliant idea to put a monitor riser on top of my nightstand, and that’s what he is lying on. That way I could still keep a couple of things easily accessible. Good idea, right? Recently Loki decided that he did not want me doing that and will periodically reach underneath with one furry arm and attempt to sweep everything there on to the floor.

He is taking over all horizontal surfaces in my home. I have one dresser left that he has not claimed as his own, but we are currently engaged in a battle of wills over it. Cats do not listen to reason very well. Or perhaps it is that what is reasonable to us is not to them.

Comments

  1. This is why nightstands have drawers. And dressers have drawers. And side tables have drawers. And coffee tables have drawers.

  2. Chris Reeske says:

    Cats do listen to reason, but only if it is their own reason for doing it.
    Love the color of this shawl.

  3. Catherine S. says:

    This color will be beautiful on you, Wendy.

  4. How gorgeous Wendy! Love the graduating colors.
    Looks like Loki has made himself right at home on your nightstand! Bless him!

  5. Can’t wait to see this…

  6. Cats like to be up. Provide some shelving/tree where he can be up and maybe (he is a cat) he’ll let you have some of your spots back.

  7. They think humans don’t listen to reason. Their reason. Is there any other kind?

    Beautiful knit.

  8. Resistance is futile.

  9. Loki rules! Beautiful shawl.
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  10. He does fill up the nightstand rather nicely…

  11. Personally, I look forward to cats on furniture. But if there’s a dangerous situation, I’ve found lemon oil is useful: Most kitties are repelled by the scent and it’s good for the wood, too!

  12. Give up now. The cat will win. The cat always wins. At least that explains *so much* about my house. Sigh.

  13. Fuego Azul says:

    Lol, I’m certain you named him after the Nordic God of Chaos & Mischief for a reason. I love he murky greens in your new wrap. What’s your secret to knitting so fast?!

  14. Leslie in MA says:

    Wendy, the cat is the boss and you are the servant. At least to Loki’s mind that’s the way it works and you need to get with the program. It’s nice to know you also deal with cat fur in the wool.

  15. Charlottewv says:

    Loki is so adorable! I love his mischievous personality. I’m sure he brightens your days!