My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Almost

Bind-off of the Chevron Shawlette will commence in five, four, three, two . . .

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As soon as this baby is off the needles, I will cast on for the Chevron Stole. Conveniently, the yarn I have planned to use for the Chevron stole arrived in my Loopy Ewe order today.

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I do so like it when a plan works out well.

This new yarn is once again Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, this one in the “Logwood” colorway. I have two skeins of it, because I think the stole will take more than one skein.

From time to time people ask me what I do with all these shawlettes. A girl can only wear so many shawls, right? I always keep a couple at the office for starters. and the smaller ones I’ve been making lately make great scarves. I do give some of them away. And right now, three of them (Argus, Seaside, and Miss Woodhouse) are visiting for the next few weeks over at fibre space.

Lucy has indicated that her own fluffy fur coat is sufficient for her, thank you.

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Clearing Things Up

Lately when I post photos of my socks on blockers, some of you think that the end of the blocker peeping out from the top of the sock is a knitted on edging.

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Nope! It’s my pretty red sock blocker, purchased at The Loopy Ewe.

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See?

Lucy and Wildlife

And a couple of you commented wondering how Lucy slept through the brief encounter with the squirrel. Lucy was a good seven miles away from the squirrel!

I live on the 10th floor of a highrise condo. Lucy is an indoor-only kitty. It would be a very intrepid squirrel indeed that managed to show itself to Lucy! We do get birds landing on the windowsills from time to time. I have a large window in the living room:

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Here’s the view from that window:

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Lucy does go nutsy-cuckoo when a bird lands on the windowsill!

And she does sleep a lot:

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She is particularly tired today because she spent a good part of last night waking me up to play with her.

New Sock

Here is the sock I just finished:

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Here’s a side view:

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The yarn is ShibuiKnits Sock in “periwinkle.”

Newsflash!

The KnitNation website for the event in London next July has today been updated with the class choices. Check it out! I believe that registration opens on December 1.

Book Winner

And the winner of the Kristin Nicholas book is Linda in Chicago. Linda, I’ve emailed you.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Tune in tomorrow for a “Name-the-Pattern” contest!

Almost Wordless Wednesday

A November day:

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A Droid resting quietly (next to peppermints from The Loopy Ewe):

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Still life with banana and pen:

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A sock nearing completion:

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Possible yarn choice for next sock design:

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My supervisor:

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Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

Not The Mothers of Invention, though. Totally different thing. Okay, who can name the title of the song these lyrics are from:

I saw your double knits
I thought they were the pits

Bonus points if you can name the album too.

If you stopped by here yesterday, you saw that I have something pink on the needles, and I showed you just an itty bitty corner of it cuz I am a tease. Here is what it looks like today:

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This hunk o’ knitting is on its way to becoming a cowl. It looks a bit odd in the photo above because the top of it is smooshed up on the needle.

The bottom edge of it is a nice deep lace edging:

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I knit the edging first, joined it into a round, then picked up stitches on the long straight edge of it and started knitting upwards from it, in the round.

The yarn is one of my new favorite sock yarns — Alchemy Juniper. The colorway is “Evening Pink.” I bout mine at The Loopy Ewe. I’m using a size 7 (4.5mm) needle to get a nice lightweight open fabric. My stockinette gauge is 4.5 stitches and 7 rows to an inch, so that’s a far cry from sock gauge!

Why a cowl? Necessity is the mother of invention.

Those of you who have seen me lately know that I’ve let my hair grow and I now have a metric ton o’ hair. I went all summer letting it air-dry. It occurred to me that it may get a tad chilly going to work in the morning this winter with wet hair. So I decided to knit a cowl — one that can be pulled up over the head while outdoors in the cold.

We’ll see how this works out.

Because I am now on the boring stockinette portion of this knit . . .

. . . I started something else, too!

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Wheeeeeeee!

As you can see, Lucy is enthralled.

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P.S. A bunch of you have asked what the rainbow-colored sweater is that Gwendolyn wears under the shawls she models. It’s Alice Starmore’s Lismore! My Ravelry project page for it is here.

Miscellany

Miscellaneous Item Number One

The Sandvik shawl is now available for sale on Ravelry, but you can purchase it from here, too (and from my Patterns for Sale page):

Sandvik Faroese Shawl

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This shawl is knit from laceweight yarn (Black Bunny Fibers alpaca/shetland blend) on a US 3 (3.25mm) needle at an unblocked gauge of 6 sts/8 rows to the inch. I used between 900 — 1000 yards.

You can make the shawl longer or shorter by simply knitting more or fewer rows. The bottom is finished with a seed stitch band

Unblocked: 52” across the top edge (wingspan), 22” down the center back
Lightly Blocked: 64” across the top edge (wingspan), 26” down the center back

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Miscellaneous Item Number Two

A view of the sky at 6:00 this morning:

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Miscellaneous Item Number Three

What I’m knitting:

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It’s another Faroese shawl, this one being knit from the bottom up. And a lot faster knit than Sandvik, because it is knit from a much heavier yarn, using a US 7 (4.5mm) needle.

The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Pearl, and I bought it a few weeks ago when The Loopy Ewe had all Lorna’s Laces yarns on sale. It’s dk/light worsted weight and it’s a blend of bamboo and silk. This is my first time using it and I’m loving it. My colorway is “Mineshaft.”

DK weight on a size 7 goes much faster than laceweight on a size 3. Imagine that.

Lucy sez:

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“Well, duh.”