My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

State Names

This weekend the KOARC and I were discussing movies that have the names of states in the title — like “Blue Hawaii.” This started me wondering — does every state in the U.S. have a movie with its name in the title? Some, like New York, have multiple movies, of course, but is there a movie with, for example, Rhode Island in the title?

Yeah, I wonder about stuff like this.

So, just for fun, if you can think of a movie that has a state name in the title, please leave it in the comments to this blog entry. To reward you for your diligence, on Thursday afternoon I’ll draw five names at random and those five people will win the WendyKnits pattern of their choice. Oh, and the first person who can name a movie with “Rhode Island” in the title will win 5 patterns. icon biggrin State Names

Leave your comment by 4pm Eastern time this Thursday, August 20, to be entered in the drawing.

Progress!

I had as nice chunk of knitting time yesterday so made some good progress on the Sandvik shawl.

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I’ve got 33 more rows to do before I work the bottom border. I weighed my ball of yarn after taking this photo. The original weight was 230 grams, and the ball now weighs 127 grams, so I’ve used less than half of it. The yardage was 1300 yards, so I’m guessing I’ve used 600 or so yards so far.

Progress will slow down during the week because I’m working on a stealth project for my commuter knitting. But I’m hoping to have this done by the end of next weekend.

Lucy Sez:

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“Put down the knitting and look at me!”

Some Answers to Some Questions

I was interested to read y’all’s comments about milk protein fiber as a component of yarn. As the Tilli Tomas Elsie is my first experience with a yarn that has milk protein as part of its makeup (it’s equal parts moo, silk, and wool) I did not have any pre-conceived ideas or opinions about it. The yarn is very pretty and feels nice, and has no unusual aroma that I can detect. When I start knitting with it I will report my experience.

There were a few Girasole questions yesterday:

Lynne E. left this comment on yesterday’s blog post:

I have a question about the Girasole pattern. You mentioned before that you were up to the maximum stitch count, but you seemed to have the entire border left to knit. How is it possible to knit a circular item from the center out, without having to increase at regular intervals as you move outward? Is the border lace pattern so stretchy that you can just block the border ferociously and get a circular piece?

This shawl pattern is based on the same principle as the famous Pi Shawl, by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Having knit a Pi Shawl in the past, I can tell you it works. However, I am no mathematician, so shall not attempt to explain the underlying principle.

Laura asked:

What kind of join do you use for a new ball when knitting lace?

When there are a few inches left on the current ball of yarn, I simply hold the “old” yarn doubled with the strand of the “new” yarn and knit a few stitches with this double strand.

Timmie asked:

My prediction was that you’d finish Girasole by weekend–are you going to make it?

Absolutely not! But barring any knitting atrocities, I will be on Chart G by the weekend.

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However, I did make some good progress on Girasole today. We had a fairly major train delay this morning that tacked 45 minute on my morning commute. Forty-five minutes of extra Girasole knitting time!

By the way, have y’all noticed that I have no socks on the needles and haven’t for a full week? Am I going through sock withdrawal? Or am I sick of socks and renouncing them as the devil’s playthings? Have I taught Lucy to knit socks in my stead?

Tune in next week for answers to these burning questions and other inanities.

Lucy sez:

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“Wait . . . did she just call me an inanity?”