My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Uncharted Territory

My shawl-in-progress is definitely uncharted territory.

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Seanna Lea asked:

What will you do if it you take it off the needles and don’t really like how it looks?

Good question. I’m pretty sure I’ll like it if it is anything the way it looks in my mind’s eye, but you never know. If I find it loathsome, I could always give it away as a gift to some poor unsuspecting victim.

Actually, I don’t have a final disposition in mind for it anyway. It may be destined to be a kitty bed for Lucy.

Cindy asked:

Any idea of the size this will block out to?

Well . . . I’m aiming for somewhere between 60 and 72″ in diameter. I should be able to estimate fairly well when it’s time to stop knitting on the body of it and knit the edging on. I can measure out from the center and stretch as I measure and get a rough estimate of the size.

I bought 4 skeins of the yarn and I’m slightly less than halfway through the second skein, so I’ve got plenty of yarn. The edging I plan to use is a very simple small one, so it won’t take more than half a skein (I think), but I’ll be sure to stop knitting on the body while I still have at least a full skein left. My gut instinct is that I’ll be ready to stop before that anyway. It’ll be interesting to see how close I come.

I won’t name the design until it is off the needles and I can see what I think it looks like.

Oh, and I’ve got an idea for another circular shawl with a construction different from this one. But I’ll finish this first.

Lucy sez:

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Did I hear kitty bed?

Free Peace

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In a spurt of energy, I wrote up the pattern for “A Finer Peace Socks” that I finished last week. You can find it, in pdf format, here. The pattern is also linked to from the Free Patterns page.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I’m working on both a stealth project and my new circular shawl.

The circular shawl is my own design. I’ve flung together a number of lace motifs and we’ll see what happens when it is off the needles and stretched out, because you can’t really tell much about it in its current state, can you?

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I have 4 skeins of the yarn — a total of 1840 yards. I am pretty darn sure that I won’t need all of it for the shawl I’m planning, but I’d rather have too much than too little.

This yarn is really great, and this colorway has just enough variegation to be entertaining, but not enough to obscure my lace pattern.

Lucy Sez:

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“I am embracing my innate fluffiness!”

Moo

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Yep, the Tilli Tomas Elsie yarn is 33% milk protein. I’m afraid I know nothing about fiber made from milk protein, nor have I ever had or knit with any before. To me the yarn looks like a silk wool blend.

I did find an interesting article about milk fiber, here.

And no, I did not think it was a coincidence that this yarn is called Elsie!

Weather

Yep, the 10-day forecast shows thunderstorms for the next ten days (today is just all-over grey and rainy). That’s typical for this area. It can be hot and sunny all day, but more often than not you can count on a late afternoon-early evening thunderstorm to roll through. We’ve been lucky so far this spring in that it hasn’t been too hot, but I’m sure we’ll be hitting 90 and beyond all too soon. I am not looking forward to that. Not a fan of hot weather.

Girasole

I’m knitting along and hope to be starting on Chart F tonight or tomorrow. Woo!

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I’ve used up two 370-yard skeins and have just started the third skein.

What Lucy likes to do on rainy days:

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