My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Blocking the Chevron Stole

My “stolen time” worked out well for me, because last night I finished knitting my Chevron Stole.

Here it is pre-blocking.

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It measures 22″ wide by 50″ long.

The b locking photo is sort of boring because the lace does not show up well on my black foam blocking board. But here you go.

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It now measures 26″ wide by 66″ long.

When I unpin it I promise better photos. icon smile Blocking the Chevron Stole

I knit this from two skeins of MadelineTosh Tosh Sock with this much left over:

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As I mentioned before in the blog, I will offer this pattern together with the Chevron Stole pattern that I completed last month. Just have to get the final pattern details done.

You gotta love a Two-fer.

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And Now for the Stole

I mentioned last week that when I finished the Chevron Shawlette, I was going to knit a Chevron Stole using the same stitch motifs.

I have started said stole and here it is.

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This is more Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn, this in the “logwood” colorway. The stole will take more yarn than the shawlette, so I bought two skeins. But it is great fun to knit. The rows seem to zip by quickly because they are not growing. They are all x number of stitches, so I know exactly how long each row will take me. I find that somehow comforting.

And Check This Out

I did a guest post for the Potter Craft “Crafter News” blog that is posted today. Check it out here. And as a bonus, you can download a pattern for Bouquet Socks, one of the designs from my upcoming book!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Lucy hasn’t murdered any more of her toys.

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She looks very ladylike, doesn’t she?

Almost

Bind-off of the Chevron Shawlette will commence in five, four, three, two . . .

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As soon as this baby is off the needles, I will cast on for the Chevron Stole. Conveniently, the yarn I have planned to use for the Chevron stole arrived in my Loopy Ewe order today.

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I do so like it when a plan works out well.

This new yarn is once again Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, this one in the “Logwood” colorway. I have two skeins of it, because I think the stole will take more than one skein.

From time to time people ask me what I do with all these shawlettes. A girl can only wear so many shawls, right? I always keep a couple at the office for starters. and the smaller ones I’ve been making lately make great scarves. I do give some of them away. And right now, three of them (Argus, Seaside, and Miss Woodhouse) are visiting for the next few weeks over at fibre space.

Lucy has indicated that her own fluffy fur coat is sufficient for her, thank you.

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Aestlight Shawl

Yesterday I finished my Aestlight Shawl.

When I finished the body of it and looked at the edging chart, I decided I really didn’t care for the pattern as written, so I subbed my own edging. It’s actually the edging I winkled together for The Exonumist’s Shawl (Ravelry link).

Before blocking, my Aestlight had a wingspan of 54 inches and measured 22 inches down the center back.

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After blocking, its wingspan increased to a whopping 84 inches and the length grew to 36″ down the center back.

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It looks a little lopsided in the blocking photo — that’s due to the angle. After crawling around on my hands and knees to pin it out and adjust it I felt a bit woozy and was disinclined to stand on a chair to achieve a proper bird’s-eye shot.

I made the larger size from the pattern and it used just over 1.5 skeins of Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock.

It’ll no doubt shrink a little after I unpin it, because I’ve stretched it out to within an inch of its life. icon wink Aestlight Shawl

And a couple of minutes past midnight last night, I started the cast-on for the Enchanted Wood Shawl.

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But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

New Book

Thanks for all your kind comments about my upcoming book. I’m so pleased that so many of you have pre-ordered it! I do hope you are going to love it as much as I do!

For those of you who were concerned because there are no photos of Lucy in the book, rest assured that she is not being ignored. In fact, she has been immortalized by a famous painter and her likeness is where it belongs, in a museum, where she can be admired by millions.

See?

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Lucy Sez:

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“No comment.”

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?”