My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It Is Time

Time for what? Time to bind off my shawlette.

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Excitement is in the air. Lucy can hardly contain herself — see?

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Which of these two yarns do you think I’ll use for my next shawl? (They are both Madelinetosh Tosh Sock.)

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Because knitting an intricate cabled sock in a dark yarn seems more than I can handle for the moment, I’ve started another easy shawlette.

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Film at eleven.

Thanks for all your good wishes. I’ve been to the spine doc and have an order to get an MRI, and a boatload of pain meds. So we are hanging in there.

Lucy sez:

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“Come play with me?”

Today’s Achievements

I wrapped gifts:

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I got to the lace portion of Ishbel:

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Lucy was a big help:

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Projects for Leftover Sock Yarn

This past weekend I taught my leftover sock yarn class for the first time. A big part of the class is all about mitered shapes — how to knit ‘em, and how to attach them to each other to actually make things.

I have a mitered square piece that I started before class, and I added to during class. Here is what it looks like now:

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I thought it would be fun to post a pic of it periodically. I don’t plan on doing much knitting on it outside of class, but thought it would be fun to keep track of my progress on it.

I’ve done my last teaching gig of the year, so don’t expect to see this again anytime soon.

About that class . . .

Included with the class was a handout with 7 other fun little projects you can create from leftover sock yarn. I posted a photo of them last week:

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Since then, I’ve gotten a whole lot of emails asking if I’d make the patterns available for people can’t get to one of my classes. I wasn’t going to just yet, but have changed my mind since I’ve had so many requests. I’ve made the 7 patterns available as booklet and you can purchase it for $7.00 (that’s $7.00 for 7 patterns) from my Ravelry store. Here is the Ravelry link for the pattern booklet. These are all very speedy little knits that would be great for quickie holiday gifts and adornments. All details are on the Ravelry page.

I realize that there are some of you that might want just one of the seven patterns and paying seven bucks to get it seems a tad steep. Sorry about that! I did give a fair amount of thought to pattern delivery, and decided to go this route.

And now for some Assorted Random Bits.

Random Bit #1:

When I got home from work today, I found that Lucy had been arranging some of her toys.

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She does this quite a lot. I always wonder what her purpose is.

Clearly she is worn out from that endeavor.

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Random Bit #2:

A couple of weeks ago I got some free samples of a bunch of natural/homeopathic stuff — and this was one of the samples:

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Notice anything funny about it?

Random Bit #3:

I’m a-working along on my second Bamboo Sock. My goal is to have this pair a done deal by the end of the week.

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Random Bit #4:

It was pouring rain when I went to work this morning. At noon it was sunny with blue sky. Driving home from the train station it looked like this:

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Crazy weather.

A Serious Note:

KnitNana Sallee sent me information on a member of her community, a young woman who has been missing since October 17: Morgan Harrington. There is a website with information about her here. You can probably imagine the horror her family is going through right now. I’m just helping to spread the word in my little corner of the world. Take a look at the site, keep your eyes open, and spread the word if you can, please.

No Time to Blog

Because I am busy working on this:

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And Lucy is busy working on this:

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