My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

A Very Good Mail Day Indeed

Upon arrival home today I found in my mailbox a present for Lucy.

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This is a new mousie that the very wonderful Keri made to replace the mouse (also made by Keri) whose tail Lucy bit off. Keri’s kitty Slick carefully tested it for Lucy before it was sent off. (If you click on the link above, you can see proof of this.)

Keri included a gift for me too! A wrist tag:

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Don’t you love the fabric?

Thank you Keri and Slick — we love you!

There was something else waiting for me when I got home — a large heavy box.

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What could it be?

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It is full of advance copies of my new book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

Publication date is March 23 — just a little over 2 weeks away.

Want a copy now? Leave a comment (don’t email me, don’t use the “contact me” form, but leave a response at the end of this blog entry by clicking on the “x responses” link you will find at the end of this post and filling out that form) by noon Eastern time this Sunday, March 7, and the Random Number Generator will chose a couple of winners to get a copy asap.

Lucy sez:

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“Huh. I like my mousie better than this silly book.”

Much Better

If I’d been thinking (for a change) I’d have taken a “before” photo of the wollmeise knit with size 7 needles. It would make the photo with the size 5 needles below much more dramatic.

But here it is:

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If anyone can identify the pattern I am using (apart from L-B who knows) I will be suitably impressed.

Not much blogging time today so I’ll leave you with a photo of my favorite view in my condo:

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December

I am at a loss to explain how it got to be December. It seems like it was just June — where did those five months go?

For no reason except that it amused me, here is a photo of the sky at about 8:00 this morning.

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Yesterday it was grey and miserable. It’s pretty darn chilly today, but nice and bright.

As much as I like rain, it does make it difficult to get good blog photos. Here is a natural light photo of my lace project (as opposed to the flash pic I posted yesterday):

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That may show the emerging pattern a bit more. Still, it is nigh on impossible to get a good photo of lace in porgress, given that it is unblocked and smooshed up on a needle. You’ll just have to use your imagination.

Because this is a smaller project — a shawlette — I’m hoping to have it done by the weekend so that you don’t have long to wait to see what it really looks like.

Free Knitting Patterns Online

Check out this post that lists 25 spots online to find free knitting patterns. Some I knew about, but there were a couple that were new to me. Bookmarked!

KnitNation!

Registration for KnitNation will be opening up soon — 6:00am GMT tomorrow (December 2) which makes it 10:oopm PST tonight (December 1), which makes it 1:00am tomorrow my time. I think.

Please sign up for my classes so I don’t feel like a loser. They are fun and informative. Honest. icon wink December

Lucy Sez

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“Whenever you get around to doling out the leftover turkey, I’ll be right here.”