My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Before and After

Before:

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It measures 24″ down the center back and has a 60″ wingspan.

After:

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After a bath in warm water and woolwash, pinned out for blocking, it measures 30″ down the center back and has a wingspan of 70″.

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To recap, this is the Two-Thirds Shawl (my own design) knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the “Periwinkle” colorway, on 4mm needles. I used approximately 900 yards.

I did indeed finish the Bamboo Socks on Friday.

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And Lucy is off for a nap with a friend after the excitement of helping me to block the shawl.

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Have a great Sunday, and welcome to November and Standard Time. Wheeeeeeee!

Back to What Passes for Normal

It was back to work today for me. Whee.

And back to my regularly scheduled knitting projects. I don’t believe that I ever showed you that I completed my first Bamboo sock:

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And a close-up:

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I finished that last week before I left for Oklahoma. And I’ve made some decent progress on the second sock:

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I’m also knitting on my Two-Thirds shawl, though you probably can’t really tell that I’ve made any progress, given its blob-like nature.

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Last night I gave Miss Lucy a special gift:

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This is a mousie knit by Keri. The pattern is from my “what to do with leftover sock yarn” class, and Keri whipped out two mice at blazing speed. She says her favorite part of the pattern was the direction “decrease for the butt.”

The mouse is a gift for Lucy from Keri’s boy kitty Slick, a demonstration of his undying love for her.

Isn’t that romantic?

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Parade of WIPs

I currently have an almost-unheard-of-for-me three knitting projects in progress. Let’s review, shall we?

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This is my traveling sock which is growing very slowly. (And I don’t seem able to take a non-blurry photo of it.) I started it on my trip to Virginia Beach last month and then stopped working on it when I got back home. It did come with me to Florida last weekend and I managed a few inches of knitting in-between doing classes, etc. And I haven’t touched it since I got back. But it will accompany me to Oklahoma City next weekend (October 22 – 25) so I may actually finish it. Then I need to cast on for the second sock.

Psst! — info on my visit to Oklahoma City is here.

Next up, is the lace cowl/wimple:

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This is my current commuter knitting and as you can see, it is almost done. I’m in the boring part of it, so I’m afraid it grows slowly as I am sometimes tempted to sleep on the train instead of knitting mindless stockinette in the round. But I should be able to suck it up and finish it in the next day or so.

And this is my at-home project:

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My Two-Thirds Shawl. It stayed home last weekend so I’ve not made a whole lot of progress. I picked it up again yesterday and did some work on it, but I’m at the point where the rows are getting mighty long, so it doesn’t look like too much progress each day.

Yarn and needles used for each project are listed in the “Work in Progress” box at the top of the page. 🙂

Lucy sez:

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“May I have some more of that totally awesome fresh catnip, please?”

Hot Hot Hot

Today is Columbus Day and I have spent the day reclining on the couch, one hand trailing on the floor, a la Greta Garbo Camille. I have done no knitting and very little else that can be even remotely considered productive.

But I did have a great, action-packed weekend at Sip n’ Knit in Maitland Florida.

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Gotta love a shop that has a giant sheep standing outside.

And here is my very favorite employee at Sip n’ Knit:

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This is Tucker and he is adorable. Period.

What I will not miss about Florida: the heat and humidity.

What I will miss about Florida: the wee tiny lizards that are everywhere.

While I realize that this blog post is a pretty lame weekend wrap-up, it is the best I can muster today.

Except a heads-up — I hear that Stacy put the kits for the Stacy Shawl up for sale over the weekend. Just sayin’.

Lucy sez:

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“Hey! Who is that dog in your blog post?”

Ah, True Love!

The True Love Stole has been blocked and is ready for action!

Here it is pinned out.

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Do you see something unusual? There is no fluffy kitty reclining on the stole! I have no idea why, but during the whole pinning out process, Lucy sat on the sidelines, watching. This is a first for her.

I don’t think it was the dampness of the shawl deterring her. I mean, it’s not like that has never stopped her in the past.

Here’s a close-up shot.

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And unpinned and relaxing on a chair:

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Gwendolyn wanted to model the new shawl as well:

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And finally:

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I used about 1000 yards of Jojoland Cashmere and a 3.25mm needle. Blocked dimensions are approximately 24″ by 66″.

It will be a while before the pattern is ready. I need to re-knit the mitered corners to better document them for the pattern and I need to find time to do that.

Now, back to knitting on the Stacy shawl. I see that a few of your asked questions about this shawl in the comments — I’ll answer ’em next week!

Lucy sez

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“I could lie on the stole, but the color washes me out.”