My current work in progress:

The Throwback by Andrea Mowry, knit from Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted and Spincycle Yarns Dream State, using 4.5mm and 5mm needles.

Names

If you read this blog at my site instead of in a feed reader or via email, you may have noticed, by glancing at the work-in-progress box immediately above the daily content, that I’ve gone on a naming frenzy. Yes, both shawls in progress now have names.

The blue shawl I am close to completing shall henceforth be known as The Exonumist’s Shawl.

You may wonder how I came up with such a name.

Someone used the word “medallion” to describe this shawl in yesterday’s comments. “Cool,” thought I. “I can call it The Medallion Shawl. Well, of course there are eleventy-billion knitting patterns with “Medallion” in their name, some of them shawls.

I starting thinking about medallions and my thoughts turned to tokens, medals, coins, etc. The work exonumia is used to describe coin-like objects, and an exonumist is a collector of exonumia.

While all this may seem a bit pedantic (I’m afraid I am a bit of a pedant), the word struck my fancy, so the name will stick.

Here is the current state of The Exonumist’s Shawl:

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As you can see, the end of the edging is almost in sight. I made much better progress than I expected last night.

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On to the spiral shawl. This one I am calling The Order to Chaos Shawl. The reasoning behind this name is not quite so convoluted. Here’s the progress so far:

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And here’s a close-up:

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The body of the shawl is worked in tidy diagonal lines out from the center to a certain point. At that point, the neat lines (the order) taper off and a field of flowers (the chaos) is introduced. Hence the name.

More pattern hi-jinks will ensue. Stay tuned

Lucy Sez:

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“I’m glad my momma named me Lucy. Clearly, it could have been a lot worse.”