My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

A Free Day

I was pretty much gobsmacked yesterday afternoon when OPM announced that the federal government in the D.C. area would be closed today but hey! I’ll take it!

Here’s the view from this morning:

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The sun was coming out. Yay!

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Things are looking good down on the street. I went out and ran some errands. The streets were fine. The parking lots, not so much. Very icy.

I also finished this:

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My Talisman Shawl. It sure doesn’t look like much in that photo, does it? The pre-blocked dimensions are 48″ by 24″.

Blocking achieved this miracle:

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After blocking, it’s 64″ wide by 34″ down the center back. Knit from one skein of Wollmeise, with just 14 grams leftover.

Here’s a close-up of the lace pattern:

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Here’s what I started today:

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Care to hazard a guess as to what it is?

Miss Lucy slept through the blocking of the Talisman Shawl today. I’m sure she’s kicking herself that she missed out on helping me. But I turned the heat on this past weekend and she’s been happily sleeping through the most exciting events.

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Binding Off

There were a couple of questions in the comments about the bind-off I used for my pink sock.

It’s Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Cool, eh?

I tried it out on my last pair if socks — the Diamond Lace socks. Here’s a close-up:

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Here’s a close-up of the bind-off on my pink sock:

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They look different because, of course, the periwinkle sock is fingering weight and the pink sock is sportweight.

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Is it stretchy? Yes it is!

Is it stretchier than the Russian bind-off I usually use? Not noticeably, I think.

Do I like it better than the Russian bind-off? Well, no. My major beef is that it takes longer to execute. But if you need something really stretchy, and you like the little pattern it creates, this is the bind-off for you!

In the “You Need to Know” Department

Lucy would like to share with you that I have not turned on the heat yet.

It occurs to me that because I have embarked on a regime of Clean Eating, I ought not to call Lucy my “Little PopTart” anymore. Seriously, how unhealthy can you get?

From this point forward, when I an feeling particularly sappy and wish to call Miss Lucy by a pet name, I shall refer to her as my “Little Bowl of Organic Oatmeal Cooked with Dried Organic Blueberries and Dried Organic Fuji Apples and Sprinkled with Organic Flaxseed Meal.”

It’s just not the same, is it?

Here (because Sharon asked) is a picture of the new glasses I just got:

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And here is Miss Lucy, on the move!

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The End is Near

Not the end of the world . . . the end of my shawlette.

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It’s all over except for the edging. I’ve got 14 rows of edging planned, so this will be done by the weekend and blocking may commence at that time.

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That went fast — much faster than I expected. Gotta love a shawlette.

I don’t know exactly how big this baby will end up being after blocking. That’s the fun of doing it on the fly. It keeps things exciting.

Yesterday’s bright clear weather was apparently a fluke — we are back to dark grey skies. So you get photos done with a flash.

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Today Miss Lucy is pleased.

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She has just had a bit of turkey.

Lack of Knitting Content

There has been a decided lack of current knitting progress here lately, have you noticed? That’s because I’ve been doing some stealth knitting this week.

I did start my second Diamond Lace sock — see?

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That’s what it looked like on Sunday, and that’s what it looks like today. But I ought to be able to return to it later today.

In other news, my car had an important milestone today.

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And I visited the eye doctor this morning and my eyes are still dilated. Makes it difficult to blog, so I’ll sign off with a photo of Miss Lucy:

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She is obviously thinking about turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to everyone who celebrates!

Back to What Passes for Normal

It was back to work today for me. Whee.

And back to my regularly scheduled knitting projects. I don’t believe that I ever showed you that I completed my first Bamboo sock:

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And a close-up:

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I finished that last week before I left for Oklahoma. And I’ve made some decent progress on the second sock:

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I’m also knitting on my Two-Thirds shawl, though you probably can’t really tell that I’ve made any progress, given its blob-like nature.

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Last night I gave Miss Lucy a special gift:

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This is a mousie knit by Keri. The pattern is from my “what to do with leftover sock yarn” class, and Keri whipped out two mice at blazing speed. She says her favorite part of the pattern was the direction “decrease for the butt.”

The mouse is a gift for Lucy from Keri’s boy kitty Slick, a demonstration of his undying love for her.

Isn’t that romantic?

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