My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

Not The Mothers of Invention, though. Totally different thing. Okay, who can name the title of the song these lyrics are from:

I saw your double knits
I thought they were the pits

Bonus points if you can name the album too.

If you stopped by here yesterday, you saw that I have something pink on the needles, and I showed you just an itty bitty corner of it cuz I am a tease. Here is what it looks like today:

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This hunk o’ knitting is on its way to becoming a cowl. It looks a bit odd in the photo above because the top of it is smooshed up on the needle.

The bottom edge of it is a nice deep lace edging:

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I knit the edging first, joined it into a round, then picked up stitches on the long straight edge of it and started knitting upwards from it, in the round.

The yarn is one of my new favorite sock yarns — Alchemy Juniper. The colorway is “Evening Pink.” I bout mine at The Loopy Ewe. I’m using a size 7 (4.5mm) needle to get a nice lightweight open fabric. My stockinette gauge is 4.5 stitches and 7 rows to an inch, so that’s a far cry from sock gauge!

Why a cowl? Necessity is the mother of invention.

Those of you who have seen me lately know that I’ve let my hair grow and I now have a metric ton o’ hair. I went all summer letting it air-dry. It occurred to me that it may get a tad chilly going to work in the morning this winter with wet hair. So I decided to knit a cowl — one that can be pulled up over the head while outdoors in the cold.

We’ll see how this works out.

Because I am now on the boring stockinette portion of this knit . . .

. . . I started something else, too!

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Wheeeeeeee!

As you can see, Lucy is enthralled.

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P.S. A bunch of you have asked what the rainbow-colored sweater is that Gwendolyn wears under the shawls she models. It’s Alice Starmore’s Lismore! My Ravelry project page for it is here.