My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Nymphalidea Completed

I actually finished Nymphalidea on Sunday afternoon.

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My mods:

Once I got to 18 repeats of Wedge D, I started decreasing at the top edge to dramatically slow down the rate of increase.

I worked until I had 36 repeats of Wedge D, then I worked two rows of the solid color so that I was back at the top edge, then picked up and knit stitches long the top edge. When I had 2 stitches remaining, I slipped those 2, picked up 1 at the beginning of the top edge, and passed the 2 slipped stitches over — decreasing 2 stitches. This was to lessen the “corner” at the junction of the top edge and the live stitches on the needle. Then I continued picking up stitches along the top edge until I had picked up all the way back to the start.

I then turned and worked a 3-stitch applied i-cord along the top edge, attaching to the shawl by working the third stitch together with a live stitch from the stitches picked up along the top edge.

Important tip: Miles of applied i-cord goes much faster when you have a little helper.

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When I got to the junction of top edge and lives stitches, I once again decreased 2 stitches in the same manner as above, as I continued to work the applied i-cord. This pretty much gave me a straight edge, no corner at all!

To block I steamed the piece carefully with my steam iron, opening up the lace wedges as I worked. The finished shawl is about 88” along the top edge — nice and long!

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Loki Sez:

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“After helping Momma with all that i-cord, I am exhausted!”

Notes From Camp

My Camp Loopy project is coming along very nicely.

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Here it is, spread out on my dining room table, which is 48″ across. For a shawl that is 60″ along the top edge, the pattern directs you to knit Wedge D a total of 28 times. I currently have 35 repeats of Wedge D. I think it is pretty close to how large I want it, so I plan to start knitting an applied i-cord edging along the live stitches and across the top edge soon, using the solid color.

And Loki is still cute. icon smile Notes From Camp

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That is all.

Nymphalidea

I will confess to you that in my head, I am calling this project “Nympho.” Much easier to remember and to spell.

I think that it is interesting that when I Googled the word “Nymphalidea,” rather than get hits about butterflies (in the pattern description the designer explains that Nymphalidea is named for one of the largest families of butterflies, with varieties found in every corner of the world), the first page of hits were all for the shawl.

Anyway . . .

I am making nice progress on this piece. The pattern is easy to memorize and fun to knit . . .a win-win situation!

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As I usually do when knitting a pattern that is not my own design, I hopped on Ravelry to check out the gallery for the pattern. This pattern has 707 projects listed in Ravelry! I filtered the projects by the ones that have helpful notes, and read all the notes. One project offered a very useful suggestion:

The main complaint appeared to be that the original shape, particularly the ‘peak’ on the top edge, made it difficult to wear. Therefore, after knitting Wedge D for the 18th time, I changed the welt rows and knitted them as follows:
Row 1: P2, P2tog, P to end
Row 2: as per pattern
Row 3: K2, K2tog, K to end
Row 4: as per pattern

So after my 18th time knitting Wedge D, I am doing the welt decreases as she describes.

I am thinking that when I finish, I’ll work an applied i-cord along the top edge to give it a nice finished look. I’ll have plenty of the solid welt yarn leftover, as the pattern uses double the amount of yarn for the wedges as for the welts.

Today, June 4, is “Hug Your Cat Day.” And I think I will do just that!

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Camping

It’s June 1st, and that can mean only one thing: It’s the first day of Camp Loopy 2014!

So this morning (well, actually in the wee hours after midnight) I set aside my Array cowl temporarily. Here’s what it looks like now:

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It is 7″ deep, so a little more than halfway there, since I want to knit to 12″ deep.

I got out this yarn, which I purchased specifically for my first Camp Loopy project:

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This is Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in colorway #2081 and Malabrigo Sock Yarn in the “Alcaucil” colorway. Here is the start of my project:

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This is Nymphalidea designed by Melinda VerMeer, and it appeared in a recent edition of Knitty.

I actually started a different design and quickly decided it didn’t really work in these yarns, so switched over to this. I had two different patterns picked out as possibilities, so there was no fuss, no muss!

Because I am a loose knitter, I went down one needle size from what was recommended in the pattern, so mine is being knit with a U.S. size 5 needle.

Meanwhile, Loki has gotten into taking selfies while he lounges in my lap.

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Slow and Steady

First things first, the winner of one of Gusler Design’s awesome knitting posters is Lolly, who has been emailed. Big thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and big, big thanks to all who have backed Beck and her husband’s Kickstarter project!

Meanwhile, I am knitting merrily along n my Array cowl. I knit and knit and knit and progress is SLOW because this stitch pattern has an incredibly compressed row gauge. Still, I have hit the 4″ mark!

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I want my cowl to be 12″ deep, so I a one-third the way through. I am making mine 60″ around, which at my stitch gauge is 420 stitches. So each round takes a fair amount of time. But it is a very satisfying project to knit. The madelinetosh Pashmina is a lovely lovely yarn and I keep thinking about how wonderful this cowl will feel wrapped around my neck next winter.

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I am also working quite a bit on some secret knitting, so that cuts into my time with this project. and I am going to set the cowl aside in a week to start work on my first Camp Loopy project.

Still, I won’t need this cowl until next winter, so there is no hurry!

I also take a lot of breaks from my knitting to do this:

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