My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

The First FO of 2010

I knit the last 6 rows of my Swallowtail Shawl and blocked it on New Year’s Day. Here it is pre-blocking:

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And here it is blocking:

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And being modeled by Gwendolyn:

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I used a 150-gram skein of Sea Silk, and worked an extra five repeats of the main body pattern. I estimated well, because this is what I had left after binding off:

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Fifteen grams of yarn!

Several of you asked what “nupps” are. Here is a close-up of the nupps:

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Nupps are little mini-bobbles. These are worked by doing a k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 all in one stitch on the right side, and purling 5 together on the wrong side. They give some people fits because of the purling 5 together, but because I’m a fairly loose knitter, I don’t have much of a problem doing that. It helps to have a really pointy needle!

Here’s my new work-in-progress:

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This is the start of an Aestlight Shawl, which I am making from Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in the “Starry Night” colorway.

Thank you!

Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes you all sent me — in the comments here, on Ravelry, on Facebook, and on Plurk. I had a great day. It almost makes up for getting older. icon wink The First FO of 2010

Lucy rang in the New Year in the manner in which she plans to continue for the rest of the winter:

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Aftermath

I hope you all had a great holiday. Lucy and I did! Even my little Droid got a present:

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A cellphone beanbag chair!

Here is Lucy’s favorite new toy:

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A tear strip from a box. Gotta love kitties!

Right before Christmas I put my Talisman Shawl pattern up for sale on Ravelry for $5.00 for a pdf download. Here is the direct link.

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And I finished Ishbel. Here it is on Gwendolyn, shown draped over the Talisman Shawl, which is draped over my Exonumist’s Shawl:

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A close-up:

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And a floor shot:

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I knit the larger size and used Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in the Green Riptide colorway, on a U.S. 6 needle. It used about 1.5 skeins of the yarn. I didn’t wet-block it — just steamed it with my trusty steam-iron.

And I started something new.

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Can you guess what it is?

Lucy sez:

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“Now where is my tear-strip?”

Day Three

Hey, thanks for all your nice comments and suggestions with regard to eating clean! I’m pleased to see how many of you are on the same or similar regime.

Today was Day Three for me. Yesterday I ate 6 mini-meals and thought that surely I had gained weight from it — I was happy and satisfied foodwise all day. And the scale this morning told me that I had lost 1.5 pounds. What a pleasant surprise. Gotta love it.

(I do not habitually step on the scale every day — more like once a week. But it’s hard not to jump on every ten minutes!)

I had thought I would ease into this regime over the next month so I’d be committed to it fully by the first of the year. But I guess I’ve already done that. But that’s the way I am — I ted to jump into things all or nothing.

Reader Debbie in Minnesota commented about starting an Eat-Clean group in Ravelry. I think it’s a great idea. While there are Eat-Clean forums online, I like the idea of a group that is exclusively for Ravelers. It makes the group smaller and more manageable and more friendly somehow. I see it as a great place for exchanging ideas, sources, and recipes for good food that’s quick and easy for those of us with zero spare time. Also a place where we can encourage each other and cheer each other on.

The group is on Ravelry, here. If you are already into a plan like clean eating, please feel free to join, along with those of you who are perhaps interested in the concept or are thinking about starting.

I foresee a recipe contest . . . icon wink Day Three

Back to Knitting

I’m working on my second sportweight sock.

And I took another photo of the first one.

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Better, don’t you think?

In Other News

Spring Fling Sign-ups are open!

In Other Other News

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Lucy is demonstrating her “hen on a nest” pose.

O What Fun

I’ve posted my first event of 2010 on my Teaching Schedule Page. Here it is here as well, shamelessly lifted from Fibre Space’s email announcing the event:

Designer Scavenger Hunt

Featuring Jared Flood, Catherine Gagnon, Tanis Gray, Wendy Johnson and Courtney Kelley

Sunday, January 17, 2010, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Mansion on O Street: 2020 O St NW, Washington, DC

Join fibre space™ for our most creative event yet! We will gather at the unique and historic Mansion on O Street for a day long scavenger hunt, featuring some of our favorite designers. Participants will start the day with a luxurious brunch at the Mansion and the opportunity to explore the Mansion’s 100 rooms and discover some of its 32 secret doorways. Among its many rooms are four workshops, featuring five spectacular designers: Jared Flood, Catherine Gagnon, Tanis Gray, Wendy Johnson and Courtney Kelley. Each participant will experience four one hour workshops in a variety of different skills. Read more here.

Register online or by calling 703-664-0344. Cost is $275 and includes four one hour workshops, brunch and goody bag. Supplies not included.

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It amazes me that although I’ve lived in the Washington DC area for my entire adult life, I’d never heard of the Mansion on O Street before Danielle contacted me for this event. It sure looks like a fun place and I understand the food is wonderful. I hope I’ll see a lot of DC area knitters there.

My one complaint is that I won’t be able to take the workshop that the other designers are giving!

In With the New

It’s new project time here. Whee!

It’s lace. icon smile O What Fun

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And it’s a “shawlette.” Triangular in shape and shorter than a full sized shawl. Just a little something to throw over your shoulders.

I’m knitting it from Dream in Color Baby in the November Muse colorway.

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This is a great laceweight yarn — not too heavy and not too fine. It’s got 700 yards per 4 ounce skein. This project will take under one skein (unless I’m very very wrong). I’m using a U.S. size 5 needle and chugging along nicely.

I Still Love My Droid

I’ve had my Droid phone for three weeks now and I still love it. Over the weekend I discovered an Android group on Ravelry, for people who have smartphones with the android operating system. There are some very helpful posts there, including a thread for your favorite apps.

A few of my favorites:

Dockrunner — I mentioned this one before — it puts your phone into multimedia mode without a multimedia dock, thereby saving you the $30 that the multimedia dock costs.

Contact Owner — puts your contact information on the locked screen of your phone. So, if you have your phone locked for security purposes and you lose it, if an honest person finds it, he or she will be able to contact you. The information you put on the locked screen is customizable. I have my name, email address, and office phone number there (since I no longer have a landline at home)

DC Metro — well, this one is only useful for people who use the Washington DC subway system! It tells you next train arrivals and service alerts. Very handy if you are on a train that’s sitting in the middle of a tunnel and you want to know what the heck is going on. I’m betting there are similar apps for other subway systems

Calorie Counter — a nice app that keeps track of your daily caloric intake and exercise, and syncs beautifully with a website where you can also enter data.

USA Today — great little news app, with the lead news stories every day, plus weather and photos.

Battery Widget — an icon that gives you a graphic representation with percentage of your  battery status.

Lucy Sez

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“Where’s that leftover turkey?”

A Great Weekend

I had a great time down in Virginia Beach this past weekend. There was a book-signing/party Friday night at KnitWits that was a blast. I met a lot of fun knitters and thoroughly enjoyed myself. My friend Rusty did a nice photo-filled blog post about it here.

Rusty and her husband Larry had just returned from a trip to Canada and Rusty brought me some prezzies:

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To the left is sock yarn, from Belfast Mini Mill on Prince Edward Island. It’s a beautiful heathered green-blue. The bright turquoise is laceweight from Tanis Fiber Arts. And the Dala horse is . . . just because. icon smile A Great Weekend

I also got a cap from Larry’s ship:

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The classes on Saturday were wonderful. The knitters were fun and enthusiastic about learning the techniques. In fact, we now have a group on Ravelry dedicated to the wonder that is a toe-up toe, called “Toe Cuppage.” And a challenge has been issued there . . .

For my travel knitting I cast on a sock.

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Can you guess the yarn and colorway? icon smile A Great Weekend

My purchase of the weekend — I discovered that KnitWits carries Lawre’s Laine bags. And they had a style I hadn’t seen before — a pouch:

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I love how it has a stitch counter attached to the drawstring! It’s big enough to easily carry a sock or two or a smaller lace project.

I returned home yesterday afternoon to this:

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A very happy little kitty!