My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Uncle

I get a lot of requests asking me to provide a “formula” for resizing my basic sock patterns. Well, I don’t know how to express the sizing changes in a formula. In fact, I did a whole blog post on how math-challenged I am.

But I did work up a document that has tables that show you the numbers you need for each point of the pattern (i.e., cast-on number, total number of stitches around, number for gusset increases, etc) for three of my “generic” sock patterns: the toe-up slipstitch heel sock, the toe-up gusset heel sock, and the top-down “Temptation” sock. (I did not do this for my generic short-row heel pattern, because you ought to be able to easily figure this out from the version in “excruciating detail.”)

Anyway, the document is here, in pdf format. It is also linked to from my free patterns page, under the “Help” section. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’.

You ought to be able to figure out further adjustments (in both directions) by looking at the numbers I’ve given. I can, and if I can, anyone can.

Disclaimer: I’m not guaranteeing the numbers here are error-free. I carefully checked for accuracy, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. Be forewarned.

Anyhow.

Here is the state of the pink blob:

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And here is a close-up, which shows nicely, I think, the shoulder shaping which makes the shawl sit obediently upon the shoulder.

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Lucy sez

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“I don’t know what the big deal is with heat and humidty. It’s perfectly comfy here in my world!”

Sunrise

Just for fun, a photo of the sky this morning a little after 6:00am:

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I love the sky when it has a pinkish hue!

Speaking of a pinkish hue, I am knitting along on Sandvik. I actually got a fair bit done last night, for which I congratulated myself a little more than was really necessary.

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It’s a relatively easy pattern — you have a lot of the same stuff over and over so at this point a glance at the chart now and then does it for me.

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It’s the purling back rows that slow me down because I get so bored.

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I’m working on a design for a rectangular shawl that has lace patterning on every row — that’ll keep me awake while I knit!

Please to Note

If you want to be entered in the pattern drawing, you need to leave a comment on Sunday’s blog post with a movie title with a state name in it. I mention this because there are a lot of comments on yesterday’s post with state names.

To draw the winner, I go into WordPress and look at the comments for Sunday’s entry only, see how many total comments there were and generate the random numbers within that range of numbers. Then I can easily find the winning numbers from within that group of comments. The comments from other entries aren’t among this group. This is the least labor-intensive way for me to do it. I need to be spending time knitting on my pink blob, not entering comments in a spreadsheet. icon wink Sunrise

Happy Anniversary, Loopy!

If you read Sheri’s blog (and if you don’t, why the heck not?) you will see that she’s got another anniversary contest going on — to enter, all you have to do to enter is leave a comments saying where you first heard about The Loopy Ewe on this blog post. Reading through the comments, it makes me very happy to see how many people I’ve enabled into shopping at The Loopy Ewe.

Loopy rules!

Lucy grudgingly agreed when I told her that she rules more.

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Checking In On The Pink Blob

I did get a bit of knitting done on my pink blob over the weekend.

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I’ve still got a fair amount to go on this but I’m not sure how much — I’ll know when I get there.

Before I left for Minneapolis, I took my chart off the magnetic board and instead marked the rows with carefully trimmed slips of post-it notes.

I do own some of those “pattern tamers” but I don’t like them for use on a single sheet of paper. I can’t easily slide the thing up as I complete a row — I need to pul it apart and reposition it.

Anyway, when Karen saw me with my makeshift post-it note strips on my pattern charts, she gave me a roll of highlighter tape.

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Oh highlighter tape! Where have you been all my life?

By the way, I am pleased to announce that the pink blob now has a name. I’m calling the design Sandvik. Sandvik is the name of a town in the Faroe Islands and translates to mean “sandy bay.” As good a name as any, eh?

By the Way . . .

Did you notice that all WendyKnits patterns are on sale over at The Loopy Ewe? Just sayin’ . . .

Lucy Sez

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“Zzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . “

Still Life With Pink Blob

On my desk this morning.

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The bag has made an appearance in my blog before — it was made and given to me by Richmond knitter Issy when I was down there at the end of June. It’s just the right size for carrying the pink blob around!

I’m getting ready to transfer the pink blob to a longer needle. It’s on a 24-incher right now. While that is perfectly fine for the number of stitches I’ve got, I do like being able to spread my knitting out a bit more, particularly when I’m knitting a new design that I may wanna make changes to on the fly.

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This Weekend

Tomorrow I’m going to Minneapolis to teach classes and hang with knitters at Needlework Unlimited. I hope I’ll see some of you there.

I return home late-ish Sunday night, so no blog post on Sunday. (Oh, and I’ll be internet-free for most of the weekend too.) So I’ll see y’all Monday.

Lucy Sez:

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Momma’s going away again? Catnip par-tay time!

Just Because

Here is the picture of the sky when I got to work this morning.

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I love that the days are getting noticeably shorter. It gives me hope that the horror that is summer will end. Eventually.

However, knitting with hot pink laceweight makes everything better. See?

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My pink blob is growing and starting to look like something.

Here is the center back:

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And here is one side:

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As I mentioned, I am knitting this from the top down. Faroese shawls have an extra bit of shaping on the shoulders to ensure that they stay in place when being worn. I achieved this extra oomph of shawl by extra increases on the first however many rows it was.

I can’t wait til this is long enough to try on. icon smile Just Because

For my next trick, I might doodle up a Faroese shawl from the bottom up. And in a heavier yarn.

Lucy Sez:

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“The a/c makes me happy!”