My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
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. 😉

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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