My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

All Blocked and Ready to Party

When I got up this morning, I noticed that Miss Lucy had placed one of her toys on the Stacy Shawl as it lay blocking.

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I’m not sure what the meaning of this is — perhaps Lucy was staking her claim to the shawl?

Anyway, I released the shawl from its bondage today.

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Gwendolyn looks very pretty wearing it, I think.

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Front:

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And a side view:

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A close-up of the bottom edge:

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Some Q&A . . .

Several of you asked how I came up with the name for my True Love Stole. The name came out of a private joke. And that’s all I have to say about that (I am apparently channeling Forrest Gump here).

Alexandra commented:

Wendy, I am so impressed by how fast you knit. It just took you 5 days, plus you were working on other things! Wow, that is fast knitting. I so wish I could knit that fast. Any secrets to how you get done so fast? Do you like knit night and day! I know that you talk about working so wow! do you work everyday and still get these projects done so fast? What’s the secret!!!

Yes, I have a “real” job — one that takes me away from home at least 11 hours each day.  It’s quite the nuisance, let me tell you. 😉

Yes, I knit the Stacy Shawl in 5 days. But 2 of those days were days off from work (I was off Friday for a dentist appointment, so got some good knitting time in then, as well as on Saturday). And it is a very fast knit.

I don’t really have a secret for fast knitting, except to knit every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. And knit during “stolen moments” — when you waiting in line for something, on hold on the phone, commuting on the subway, etc. On weekdays I knit for a few minutes before I leave for work in the morning, on the subway to and sometimes from work, during my lunch break, and for a couple of hours in the evening. It adds up!

Josie asked:

Could you describe the process you go thru when designing a triangular shawl?

I wouldn’t know where to begin. It’s different every time!

But I will tell you it involves a lot of playing around with charts on an excel spreadsheet.

In other news, I’m knitting something pink.

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Lucy sez:

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“Mine.”

Bork! Bork! Bork!

It’s been one of those days. You know the kind — when you fix one thing it breaks three other things. Lots of internet weirdness along with work weirdness made me very happy to leave and come home for the day!

Oh, and my email has been borked all day so if you’ve contacted me and wonder why I am ignoring you, it is likely I haven’t seen your email yet. Hopefully the emails I’ve sent today have reached their intended recipients.

Bork! Bork! Bork!

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Now, if it had been Bjorked, it would look like this:

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And if it had been Birked, it would look like this:

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Yes, it has been one of those days. So much so, that I felt the need to Squirrelize the photo of Bjork:

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And I don’t have much of anything of my own to show you. I’ve got a chunk of knitting done on the second sock of my current pair:

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I took this with me to New York over the weekend. I got a total of 10 rounds done all weekend, I think. For some reason, although I knit socks on the subway every day, I don’t like knitting on Amtrak, so I spent the train time reading.  And since the trip to New York was for book signing and teaching classes, well, not too much time for personal knitting!

And I won’t even bother showing you the True Love Stole. It looks pretty much the same as the last time you saw it.

Bottom line? I’ve got a lot to do, but not a lot to say!

But I do have something pretty to show you. 🙂

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This is a handmade crocheted bead bracelet made by Julie of Big Sheep Jewelry. Isn’t it gorgeous?

And just so Lucy wouldn’t feel left out, Julie made her a pretty necklace.

Check out the clasp:

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Here is a pic of Miss Lucy is wearing it.

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And something I received a couple of weeks ago from an anonymous gifter:

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One of Rosemary Hill‘s shawl pins — in the shape of a sock. How perfect is that??!!

Lucy sez:

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“I’m a princess — I have a necklace!”