My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

A Random Post

I don’t have much to blog about today because most of my knitting time last night was used dozing off and waking up until I finally gave up and went to bed. And my knitting time on my commute is taken up by a stealth project.

However, I can show you a close-up of the cast-on edge of the Chevron Stole.

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I used a lace cast-on for the bottom edge so it would be nice and stretchy. The cast-on is one where you start with a slip knot on the left needle and then knit a stitch into it, transferring the new loop onto the left needle to make the second cast-on stitch. Then you continue on, knitting into the previous stitch on the left needle each time, and pulling the new loop up and placing it on the left needle.

The stole has garter stitch edgings — I started by working several rows of garter stitch before beginning the lace pattern. Once I started the lace, I worked the first and last 5 stitches in garter stitch to keep that edge going up the sides of the stole. To get a nice stretchy edge, on every row I slip the first stitch as if to purl with the yarn in back, then knit the next 4. Then onward to the lace section.

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In other news

From time to time y’all ask me in the comments how the clean eating is going. It is going just fine, thank you. It’s been almost 3 months since I made this lifestyle change and I don’t miss my old ways one little bit. I would estimate that I eat 95% clean because as far as I know, nothing I eat is processed or has preservatives in it (and I work hard to make sure this is true). I eat no sugar or artificial sweeteners. I drink water all day (and one cup of coffee in the morning.) I’ve even started making my own yogurt (from organic fat-free milk) and let me tell you, that stuff is yummy. I do buy organic as much as possible.

I’ve noticed that I am much healthier. The respiratory and sinus issues that have plagued me forever are gone, as are any digestive issues. Unfortunately clean eating has not stopped my spine from disintegrating, but then, I guess that’s a bit much to expect. I look on the bright side — while I am hobbling around and screeching in pain as my lumbar vertebrae viciously squeeze my nerves, at least I’m not sniffling and sneezing at the same time.

Another a nice side-effect of clean eating is that I’ve lost a bit of weight.

(Aside: Speaking of hateful uncooperative vertebrae and disks, the little bastards are causing me  rather a lot of pain these days. So much so that it affects my normal day-to-day activities. I’ve had to cut back on some things — like computer time. I get a fair amount of email every day with knitting questions, requests of one sort or another, and other random things. Because it hurts to sit at the ‘puter, I can’t answer ‘em all.)

To close:

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A girl and her tail-less mouse.

ETA: I appreciate all your good wishes and suggestions but truly, I am not looking for medical advice here (I’ve got a good doc I’m working with). Just wanted to let you know that I am less available than usual. Thanks!

Q & A Day

There were some questions in the comments . . .

Sabine asked:

The definition in your picture seems excellent for being unblocked. Did you give it a little stretch, or is it a factor of the heavier yarn?
How’s the clean eating going?

I didn’t stretch it, it’s just the nature of the yarn to spread out nicely. Here’s the shawl in its current state:

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I didn’t spread it out at all for this shot. It’s just sitting where I left it!

The clean eating is going very well, thanks for asking. I guess I’m in my fourth week, and I estimate that I’ve been 90 – 95% “clean.” No sugar, no white flour, no artificial sweeteners, and pretty close to no preservatives. I drink at least 4 liters of water a day. I’ve noticed results — I feel good, have lost 12 pounds, and my skin looks good enough that I’ve stopped wearing make-up.

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There’s my dead-white self. No color added. icon wink Q & A Day (Can you see Lucy in that pic?)

Crazycrafter asked:

Is that pink the same pink you used on your Wimple a little bit ago?

Nope, but it’s close in color. For the wimple I used Alchemy Juniper in “Evening Pink.”

Today

Today I braved the blustery day to spend some time at Fibrespace. The windchill outside was brutal, but it was warm and cozy in the shop. and there might have been some yarn fondling. Because I’m on a shawlette kick lately, I bought yarn for two more.

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This is Dragonfly Fibers Dragonsock in the “Starry Night” colorway. I love it.

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And that’s Madeline Tosh Tosh Sock in the “Baltic” colorway. I love that too!

While I was out having fun with other knitters, Lucy was snug at home, contemplating the wonderment of existence.

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Or something.