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.

Disjointed Thoughts

Okay, first I signed Miss Lucy up for Catbook. Sadly, I could not figure out how the heck you respond to friend/family request for her.  The notification for each request says you respond on the catbook home page but I’ll be darned if I can find any notifications there.

So she is now on Facebook.

Lucy sez:

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“Please friend me on Facebook?”

Ear Worm

Ever since I posted to my blog yesterday I’ve had du-wop music running through my head. I may need to form a 1960s-style girl group called the Shawlettes.

I refuse, however, to tease my hair into a 1960s beehive. One needs to know where to draw the line.

Speaking of Shawlettes

I’ve started working on the pattern for the shawlette I am currently creating. I’m putting in lotsa detail so it will be lace-newbie friendly.

Speaking of the shawlette I am currently created, I think I did three rows last night, so just look at yesterday’s photo and squint, okay?

On a Serious Note

Here are links to some relief agencies collecting donations to help with the earthquake disaster effort in Haiti:

The First FO of 2010

I knit the last 6 rows of my Swallowtail Shawl and blocked it on New Year’s Day. Here it is pre-blocking:

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And here it is blocking:

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And being modeled by Gwendolyn:

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I used a 150-gram skein of Sea Silk, and worked an extra five repeats of the main body pattern. I estimated well, because this is what I had left after binding off:

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Fifteen grams of yarn!

Several of you asked what “nupps” are. Here is a close-up of the nupps:

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Nupps are little mini-bobbles. These are worked by doing a k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 all in one stitch on the right side, and purling 5 together on the wrong side. They give some people fits because of the purling 5 together, but because I’m a fairly loose knitter, I don’t have much of a problem doing that. It helps to have a really pointy needle!

Here’s my new work-in-progress:

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This is the start of an Aestlight Shawl, which I am making from Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in the “Starry Night” colorway.

Thank you!

Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes you all sent me — in the comments here, on Ravelry, on Facebook, and on Plurk. I had a great day. It almost makes up for getting older. icon wink The First FO of 2010

Lucy rang in the New Year in the manner in which she plans to continue for the rest of the winter:

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