My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

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. 😉

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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I’ve been working away on things unbloggable all day, so haven’t yet picked up the project I showed you yesterday morning, but here it is, as it was when I stopped knitting last night:

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As some of you guessed, it is a Swallowtail Shawl.

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I’m using Hand Maiden Sea Silk, in the Rose colorway, on a U.S. 5 (3.75mm) needle. I’ve got a 150-gram skein (600 meters), so I’ll be sizing this up from the pattern so as to make use of my extra yarn. The laceweight version of the pattern calls for 400 meters. It also suggests a U.s. size 4 needle. I went up a needle size because Sea Silk is a slightly heavier laceweight.

Now I must get back to it. Lucy has very handsomely offered to entertain you by striking a cute pose:

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Look at those cute little legs!

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