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.

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You may remember that immediately after Clara reviewed the new sock yarn from Alchemy, Juniper, in Knitter’s Review, I ordered some. When I got it, I wasn’t disappointed.

I just started a sock in some of my yummy yummy yummy Alchemy Juniper. Did I mention it was yummy?

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I’m knitting a sock using my favorite Alchemy colorway: Dragon. This yarn is pure pleasure to knit. It is very very soft and nicely sproingy. Read Clara’s review, linked to above, for a description of the superfine merino from which is it made and the yarn’s cabled construction.

I’m knitting up a sock that has a similar design to my freebie pattern “Peace Socks” — a similar leaf motif, flanked by some traveling stitches. I wanted to see how Juniper did with both lacework and cable twists.

I’m executing k3tog and k3tog tbl decreases on this design and am having absolutely no problem doing so. The yarn is bouncy and resilient and very easy to knit. The traveling stitches are equally easy to execute. Although the yarn is a multi-ply, I’ve not snagged it anywhere.

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Girasole Q&A

Thanks for all your kind comments on Girasole. In answer to a comment question, I do not know how to pronounce it. Ask the designer. icon wink Nom

And there a number of questions asking what I was going to do with it now that I’ve finished it. I do not plan to use it as a shawl, but a throw for over the back of a couch.

And in answer to another question, the way I’ve seen circular shawls worn the most is with about one-third of the shawl folded down and the resulting more-than-a-half-circle thrown over the shoulders.

Lucy Sez:

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“Fluffy tummy available for scritches and kisses!”