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.

A Pig Like That

Allow me to tell you all a joke.

A traveling salesman stays overnight with a farm family. When the family gathers to eat there’s a pig seated at the table. And the pig has three medals hanging around his neck and a peg leg. The salesman says, “Um, I see you have a pig having dinner with you.”

“Yes,” says the farmer. “That’s because he’s a very special pig. You see those medals around his neck? Well, the first medal is from when our youngest son fell in the pond, and he was drowning, and that pig swam out and saved his life. The second medal, that’s from when the barn caught fire and our little daughter was trapped in there and the pig ran inside, carried her out and saved her life. And the third medal, that’s from when our oldest boy was cornered in the stock yard by a mean bull, and that pig ran under the fence and bit the bull on the tail and saved the boy’s life.”

“Yes,” says the salesman, “I can see why you let that pig sit right at the table and have dinner with you. And I can see why you awarded him the medals. But how did he get the peg leg?”

“Well,” says, the farmer, “a pig like that–you don’t eat him all at once.”

Ahem. I told an abbreviated version of that joke when I was in Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago. It was at the end of the day and we were being silly. Keri decided it would be a good idea to cast on for a three-legged pig (using as a base the nose-up catnip mouse pattern I provided in the handouts for my Leftovers class).

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Anyway, here is that pig. Keri sent it to me and I got it yesterday.

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I love its three little legs.

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And curly tail.

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Keri included in the package some treats for Lucy from her kitty, Slick, and this:

A limited edition Petite KIP Bag in my favorite Dala Horse fabric.

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And check out the handle!

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Thanks, Keri!

(Psst! As I write this, there are a couple of Dala Horse Petite KIP Bags in Keri’s etsy shop.)

Tomorrow I’m off for a fun weekend in the mountains with friends. I’ll return home Sunday, but it’ll be late enough so that I’ll not feel like blogging, so I’ll talk to y’all Monday.

Meanwhile, Lucy is in a post-treat state of bliss.

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The Attack of the Blob

The blob has taken over my desk.

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Eeeek! Run! Run!

That photo is slightly lighter than it is in reality.

Here’s a close-up that’s slightly darker than it actually is:

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So if you look at both photos and squint, you might get an idea of the actual color.

I’m knitting along, knitting along. And knitting along. I’m close to 600 stitches per round now.

Three Bags Full

Check out these adorable bags:

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A little project bag and matching accessory pouch from my friend Michele’s etsy shop, Three Bags Full. I love the fabric!

Michele’s bags are just beautifully made, and she uses the most adorable fabrics.

Check out the kitty bead on the zipper pull.

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I also love that the project bag has a pocket inside it.

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Michele also does custom work — I’ve tasked her with creating the ultimate lace knitting tote bag for me. icon smile The Attack of the Blob

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of my Exonumist’s Shawl pattern on it’s first day. I can’t wait to see your shawls in progress!

I did indeed make a “Patterns for Sale” page — it is linked to from a new tab up at the top of the blog.

Lucy Sez

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Well, Lucy doesn’t say anything because she is fast asleep, worn out from showing off for the blog over the past few days. I gave her the day off.

On My Desk

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What’s that on my desk? A new bag!

What’s inside? My sock-in-progress, of course.

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I purchased this sweet little sock bag from OliviaKnits on Etsy. As I write this, she has a number of them for sale, in a variety of very pretty fabrics.

One of the things I like about this bag is that it is completely reversible. It’s like two, two, two bags in one.

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I’m not making a lot of progress on my sock just now. My commute this week has been disrupted by the horrific metro accident that occurred Monday afternoon. I have been leaving home earlier in the morning (if you can imagine that) and changing trains at a different point to a different line so as to avoid the Red Line, which is a mess right now. The earlier train is more crowded than the one I take, so I can’t knit, and then I have a half-mile walk, during which I don’t knit.

Well, I could knit and walk (particularly since my new little sock bag has a strap that slips conveniently over my wrist) but in the morning I am more concerned about being aware of my surroundings and moving quickly (downtown DC before 6:00am — just sayin’). And in the afternoon, well, it is well upwards of 80 degrees out there. And humid.

And once I’m at home I’ve been working on something else . . .

Jennifer asked:

Inquiring minds want to know — Do you wear all your socks or do you give them away as gifts? Perhaps you have a small guest room that doubles as a handknit sock closet? (Ooh – that gives me an idea….)

Ooh, that gives me an idea too!

Remember the Jerry Seinfeld stand-up routine where he asks what’s the deal with those little hangers that socks come on? Like you have a little sock closet at home where you can hang your socks on their little hangers?

In answer to the question . . . I keep some, I give some away. icon smile On My Desk

Lucy Sez

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“More belly-rubs, please!”