My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Slow and Steady May Win the Race

But it makes for lousy blog-fodder, I must say.

Like the tortoise alluded to in the title, I am plodding along on my chevron stole.  It is more than half done, but I don’t think the whole thing will be complete until a week from now. It looks like it did yesterday, only a little longer.

So that’s it.

Move along, nothing to see here.

Apart from Miss Lucy, that is.

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Busy Day

Although today was a federal holiday, we’ve had a busy day.

This morning Miss Lucy had her annual check-up and shots (ouchies!) — the vet said she is in great health.

And this afternoon I spent a few hours over at fibre space hanging out with a lot of fun knitters. There might have been some stash enhancement too.

My three shawlettes, Argus, Seaside, and Miss Woodhouse, had so much fun that they are going to stay in the shop for a while. So if you didn’t have a chance to stop by and see them today, they’ll be in the shop for a while. And you can purchase the patterns there as well.

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Here is an Argus knit by Beth, in a heavier yarn on a larger needle.

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It makes a nice larger shawl, I think!

How if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go relax.

Lucy sez:

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“I was a good girl at the vet’s today!.”

Happy Birthday to Lucy

When Lucy came from a rescue organization to live with me back in May of 2003, the only thing I knew about her birthday was that is was in February. We decided to make her official birthday February 14.

So today Miss Lucy is officially 9 years old. Here is what she looked like at a bit over 2 years old on her first day in my home:

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And here she is today:

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As you can see, she was not fully matured when I first adopted her. Her points were chocolate brown, but her body was pure cream-colored. She developed her cafe au lait shading over the next year.

She has a new bowl to celebrate her special day:

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Here’s the inside:

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And she is getting lots of hugs and kisses today. Between her naps, of course.

And because it is also Valentine’s Day, the KOARC has been presented with a new pair of socks:

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These are the “Manly Aran” socks from my upcoming book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body. The book comes out on March 23. icon smile Happy Birthday to Lucy

And the red blob I showed on my blog last week? I ripped it out completely and started over.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget — if you are in the area, I’ll be at fibre space in Alexandria, Virginia tomorrow from noon to 2pm. Fibre space will have copies of my one-skein shawlette patterns for sale (Argus, Seaside, and Miss Woodhouse), and I’ll be there with the original shawls for you to see, fondle, and try on. I hope I’ll see a bunch of you there!

And the five winners in the Crazy Aunt Purl book contest will be announced in tomorrow’s blog.

Now excuse me because I want to go play with my precious little birthday girl.

ETA: Doh! winners in the contest will be announced on Tuesday Feb 16, since y’all have til midnight Feb 15 to enter. Sorry!

Great Response

Thanks, y’all, for the great response to the Argus Shawlette pattern on Ravelry. I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did. I note that there is talk of an Argus Knit-along in the WendyKnits Ravelry Group. So if you are interested, please join in!

And thanks in general for buying my Ravelry patterns. So far I’ll be donating well over $250 to Doctors Without Borders from my sales . . . and it’s only the 21st of the month. (I’ll be donating 50% of my profit from Ravelry pattern sales through January 31).

I’ve had a couple of questions about making changes to the Argus pattern.

You can enlarge it by doing more repeats of Chart A — as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 8-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see — it’s obvious from the pattern.

Another alternative is to use a heavier yarn and larger needles — like a dk weight and perhaps size 8 or 9 needles. You could do this in conjunction with extra chart repeats if you like.

Conversely, you could make it smaller with fewer repeats of Chart A. Like, if you were making it for a small child.

And speaking of doing it in different weights of yarn — you could use laceweight yarn. I’d advise doing a small swatch of the pattern stitch to make sure you are happy with how open it is — you may want to size the needles down as well. And if you are knitting it at a smaller gauge, you’d want to add some repeats as described above.

And this of course would affect the amount of yarn you need.

The sock of the moment now has a heel. Here’s a fairly crappy photo:

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And Miss Lucy is ready for the weekend.

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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: