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.

All Ready

The pattern for the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette is all ready to go.

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You can purchase it in pdf format from my Ravelry store, here.

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It looks nice on Gwendolyn, I think.

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The Miss Woodhouse Shawl is a “more than a triangle” shawl – extra increases on the outer edges make it grow faster in width than in length.

The unblocked shawl measures 50” across the top and 16” down the center back. Blocked it measures 66” across and 25” down the center back. These measurements are approximate because they depend on how severely you block your piece.

This pattern is good for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn (and uses a US 6 needle), which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques – yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

You can enlarge the shawl by doing more repeats of Chart B – as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 4-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see – it’s obvious from the pattern.

Speaking of my lace shawlettes, check out my friend Sharon’s Seaside Shawl:

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The yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Tulip colorway. Sharon said “I choose that colorway because it makes me think of the Sea Pinks that grow in coastal regions (http://www.perennialreference.com/perennials/armeria.html). We’ve grown them here (Sharon lives in Southern California) but they are tricky in our climate because it gets so hot in the summer. They really need the moisture of the ocean to thrive.”

As for my knitting, while I’ve been snowed it, I’ve been working mostly on stealth projects. I went out this morning to check out the snow situation — it looks like we got between 20 – 24″ here. I took a bunch of photos and put them in a Flickr set. The only sound I heard while I was out was the sound of wheels spinning as cars tried to get out of snow, so I’m wondering about getting to work tomorrow, if indeed the government is open.

All in all, we were pretty much unscathed, apart from power outage of 5 hours or so last night.

Lucy sez:

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“Look Momma! The sun is shining!”