My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Paw Floof

Yeah, we gotcha paw floof right here!

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Sidra Vitale asked in the comments:

Because her paws are so furry, does Lucy ever ‘hydroplane’ on linoleum surfaces?

I live in a high-rise condo, and the only parts that are not carpeted are the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the entry foyer. And each of these areas are rather small, so Lucy really doesn’t have room to work up a good hydroplane.

Though no doubt she would given the space to do so!

Last night, overcome with fatigue and ennui, I did little knitting on my sock, so not a lot of progress since yesterday.

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I really really love this yarn — Alchemy Juniper. I first heard of it when Clara Parkes did a review of it on Knitter’s Review. Here’s the review. If you are interested in this sock yarn (and if you aren’t, why the heck not?0 go read the review. Clara does her usual thorough in-depth review and explains how such a lovely soft squooshy yarn can be a good sock yarn.

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Lucy sez:

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“I’m soft and squooshy and it is all good.”

Projects for Leftover Sock Yarn

This past weekend I taught my leftover sock yarn class for the first time. A big part of the class is all about mitered shapes — how to knit ‘em, and how to attach them to each other to actually make things.

I have a mitered square piece that I started before class, and I added to during class. Here is what it looks like now:

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I thought it would be fun to post a pic of it periodically. I don’t plan on doing much knitting on it outside of class, but thought it would be fun to keep track of my progress on it.

I’ve done my last teaching gig of the year, so don’t expect to see this again anytime soon.

About that class . . .

Included with the class was a handout with 7 other fun little projects you can create from leftover sock yarn. I posted a photo of them last week:

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Since then, I’ve gotten a whole lot of emails asking if I’d make the patterns available for people can’t get to one of my classes. I wasn’t going to just yet, but have changed my mind since I’ve had so many requests. I’ve made the 7 patterns available as booklet and you can purchase it for $7.00 (that’s $7.00 for 7 patterns) from my Ravelry store. Here is the Ravelry link for the pattern booklet. These are all very speedy little knits that would be great for quickie holiday gifts and adornments. All details are on the Ravelry page.

I realize that there are some of you that might want just one of the seven patterns and paying seven bucks to get it seems a tad steep. Sorry about that! I did give a fair amount of thought to pattern delivery, and decided to go this route.

And now for some Assorted Random Bits.

Random Bit #1:

When I got home from work today, I found that Lucy had been arranging some of her toys.

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She does this quite a lot. I always wonder what her purpose is.

Clearly she is worn out from that endeavor.

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Random Bit #2:

A couple of weeks ago I got some free samples of a bunch of natural/homeopathic stuff — and this was one of the samples:

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Notice anything funny about it?

Random Bit #3:

I’m a-working along on my second Bamboo Sock. My goal is to have this pair a done deal by the end of the week.

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Random Bit #4:

It was pouring rain when I went to work this morning. At noon it was sunny with blue sky. Driving home from the train station it looked like this:

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Crazy weather.

A Serious Note:

KnitNana Sallee sent me information on a member of her community, a young woman who has been missing since October 17: Morgan Harrington. There is a website with information about her here. You can probably imagine the horror her family is going through right now. I’m just helping to spread the word in my little corner of the world. Take a look at the site, keep your eyes open, and spread the word if you can, please.

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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Okay, So There Was a Little Yarn

Remember the pile o’ packages from Monday’s post?

There was a little bit of yarn in one of them:

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The green is Madeline Tosh Lace — (colorway called “Grove”) .It’s 100% merino (superwash) with 950 yards per skein.

The variegated is their Pure Silk Lace, which is 100% tussah silk and has 1000 yards/skein. The colorway is “Wren.”

I have purchased these yarns purely for research, honest. icon wink Okay, So There Was a Little Yarn

Flippin’ Burgers!

I found out that there is a bonus video from the creators of the Polymer Clay Cookbook — how to make burger charms! Watch and learn:

Still plenty of time to enter the book giveaway — see yesterday’s post.

Oklahoma, OK!

I’m off to Oklahoma City tomorrow for a weekend of fun at SWAK in the City. I’ll be teaching toe-up sock toe and heel techniques, but will also be debuting my new class on things to do with leftover sock yarn. Here are a few of the things you can do:

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No blog post tomorrow or Sunday, but I’ll be back Monday. See you then!

Lucy sez:

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“How can you go away and leave this?”

Thursday

Who needs a clever title, eh?

I left the True Love Stole at home today. It’s hot and humid here, so not having piles of cashmere draped on my lap on the train seemed like a good idea. It was a good idea — they apparently have turned the air conditioning off on the trains.

This is what I did on my commute.

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Cute little devil, isn’t he? Here he is with his buddies . . .

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These little guys are prep work for a workshop I’ll be teaching late in October  at SWAK in the City in Oklahoma City (see this page for more information) — What to Do With Leftover Sock Yarn. Should be a fun class!

But this weekend, I’m heading down to Virginia Beach to KnitWits for fun and classes. Since the last time I was in Virginia Beach was when I was around 4 years old, it is about time I went back, don’t you think?

I’m leaving early tomorrow morning and returning home Sunday afternoon. Depending on my mood and state of exhaustion upon my return, I may not blog until Monday.

So have a good weekend!

Lucy is not sure how she feels about having me away this weekend . . .

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