My current work in progress:

Hearten, by Kim Hargreaves, knit from Rowan Calmer, using 2.75mm, 3mm and 3.75mm needles.

Another Shawlette

I blocked my latest shawlette today. Here it is pre-blocking.

Isn’t Lucy helpful? Pre-blocking dimensions are 40″ across the top and 20″ down the middle of the center back.

Post-blocking:

After blocking is is 60″ across the top edge and 28″ down the center back.

Here’s a close-up:

That’s one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, in the Clover colorway. I had 18 grams left over.

I started my stole based on this same pattern — but I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Right now I want to draw your attention to a particularly heinous crime. Sensitive readers may want to look away now.

The crime scene:

Not sure what you are seeing?

Here is the body:

And here is the tail:

Lucy sez:

“I wuz framed! I’m innocent, I tells ya!”

Almost

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

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.

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.

Meet Miss Woodhouse

Unblocked, the Miss Woodhouse Shawl was 50″ across the top, 16″ down the center back.

Blocked she is 66″ across the top, 25″ down the center back.

I used a size 6 (4mm) needle and one skein of MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in the “Oak B” colorway with 24 grams left over.

Expect a pattern presently.

Lucy is beside herself with excitement.

Suspense

I’m fairly close to the finish of my current shawlette and I gotta tell you — the suspense is killing me.

Because I am far too lazy and impatient to do anything like actually swatch out the lace before starting work on it, I’ve been designing it on the fly. In fact, the last two charts of the pattern underwent a significant overhaul after I worked a couple of rows and just wasn’t feeling the love.

This is a more-than-a-triangle shawlette and I’m still planning to keep the yarn requirements down to one skein of sock yarn, so it will be wider but not as deep as the previous two I just completed.

I love the yarn — MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in the “Oak B” colorway. It may look brown in photos, but in real life it’s sort of a browny-olive-greeny mix. Very nice!

Lucy sez:

“It is not as pretty as my colorway!

Unexpected

We had an unexpected snow day yesterday. The weather forecast had said the majority of bad weather would be south of us and we’d just get a bit of snow. Well, it snowed all day yesterday non-stop so it was a nice little stay-in snow day.

I started a new project, but you don’t get to see it yet. Friday night I finished my shawlette-in-progress. Here it is, fresh off the needles:

Lucy’s head included for scale. It is about the same size as the Argus shawl unblocked — 40″ across the top edge and 20″ down the center back.

After popping some percocet, I felt up to blocking it. Behold the shawlette all pinned out!

Blocked it is 56″ across the top edge and 25″ down the center back. Here it is, released from its bondage:

A close-up:

Another close-up:

I’m calling it “Seaside Shawlette.” The bottom border is supposed to remind you of waves and the body pattern could be shells on the beach. Or something. I knit it from one skein of Sanguine Gryphon Eidos sock yarn on a U.S., size 6 needle. The skein weighed 118 grams and when I was done, I had 16 grams leftover. Each skein had around 400 yards, so I’m estimating that this shawl will take 400 yards. If my math is correct, I used about 350 yards for mine.

Anyhow the pattern will be available soon.

Check It Out!

Check out Threadknits — it’s an online knitting and crocheting contest. You could win some very cool prizes by entering your creations. I was asked to be one of the judges, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! Contest ends March 1, so you’ve got some time to come up with something fabulous.

Lucy sez:

“Speaking of fabulous . . . I heart naps!”