My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

What Today Has Been Like

Here’s the text message I got sent to my phone from the city government this morning:

“Blizzard warning for City of Alexandria until 7 p.m. Stay home.”

That sums up our weather better than I can.

The view out my window:

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The flag outside the front of my condo must be pretty tired by now:

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It looks chilly, no?

So far today my power has stayed on. fingers crossed . . .

You know how I am always yapping about weighing my skein of yarn so that I can divide it into two balls for knitting socks? Well, I have a new digital scale.

It’s this one: the EatSmart Precision Pro.

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You can switch the unit of measure between grams, kilograms, pounds. and ounces. And you can weigh up to 5Kg/11 Lbs on it. It runs on 2 AAA batteries.

It has a nice large display:

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And it comes in 5 colors. Mine is a pretty red. icon smile What Today Has Been Like

While I have been using it for weighing my yarn, it is also darn handy for weighing food. One of the cool features of this scale is a “Calorie Factor Booklet” that comes with the scale. You weigh your food in grams, then look up that food in the booklet and multiply the weight in grams by the “Calorie Factor” listed in the booklet — that’s the number of calories in your portion. Kind of a cool little feature.

Anyhow, if you are looking for a compact little scale for weighing your yarn and/or food, this one works great. Check out the reviews on Amazon (see link above) — you’ll see that a lot of people agree with me!

Speaking of red . . .

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Lucy has been surprisingly unaffected by the high winds and dramatic weather right outside the window:

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Slowly It Grows, Inch by Inch

The shawl edging, she grows!

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Again, it’s hard for me to see how much progress I’ve made, but I can see that I’ve made some progress. The blob of body stitches left on the needle has definitely diminished some.

A couple of you have asked what the yardage required for this pattern is. The answer is that I don’t know yet, because I haven’t finished it. But I’m betting it’ll be around 1400 yards. I also do not know the unblocked and blocked dimensions for the same reason.

But all will be revealed in the fullness of time. icon smile Slowly It Grows, Inch by Inch

I’m so pleased that you guys like it. I think I do too, but again, I won’t really know until this baby is done. It’s life on the edge.

Did you see what I did there? Get it? Edge, Edging?

Moving on . . .

Here is the new circular shawl in progress.

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The color is not quite as bright as the photo would have you believe. It’s a bit more mossy. But you can see the spirally nature of the shawl in this  photo, and also the wee hole in the center created by my longtail cast-on. Personally, I love the look of that.

This shawl is divided into 9 sections, each section being identical in composition. So I’ve placed a marker between each section — purple ones, so they show up against the yarn. But the beginning-of-round marker is green (though a different shade) so I can easily see when I complete a round.

I guess circular shawls are going to be my obsession this summer. Who knew? Not I. After making a Pi Shawl a number of years ago, I shied away from circular shawls because they seemed like they would be awkward to wear. (One way is to fold down the top one-third or so and drape over your shoulders.) But I think they make very fun throws or afghans — hence my knitting them in fingering rather than laceweight wool.

And in the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you I’m thinking about working up another circular shawl that employs yet another construction method. I may have already ordered the yarn for it . . .

In answer to various comments questions, I will indeed write up and offer for sale patterns for any of these creations that I deem pattern-worthy.

At the moment I suppose I am on a sock hiatus. But I can’t imagine my needles will remain sockless for too long.

Miss Lucy

A number of you commented that Lucy must get hairballs. She really doesn’t very much. Not as often as you’d think, with all that fur. We make a point of brushing her two or three times a week, and that really helps get rid of all the loose fur. And for a longhaired kitty, she really doesn’t shed too badly.

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“Did it escape your notice that it is time for me to dine? Seriously?”