My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Finally Done

On the commute home yesterday I finally finished my second Mallow sock. Ta-da!

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To recap, I knit this from Madeline Tosh sock yarn in the “Malachite” colorway on 2mm needles. And in a spurt of energy, I even wrote up the pattern, in 3 sizes. You may download it for free in pdf format here.

It’s also listed on the “Free Patterns” page. It’s been a while since I posted a sock pattern, hasn’t it?

Now I’m down to just one bloggable project, my True Love Stole. Here she is, lounging in my office chair:

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Yes, she accompanied me to work today. I knit on this baby during the morning commute, which was interesting as it was a particularly bumpy train ride. Lace and bumps don’t necessarily mix, so I did exercise some caution.

I also did a few rows during my lunch break, but the stole stayed in its very cute tote bag for the trip home as it was too crowded on the train for me to unfurl it and knit on it.

But if I did, I probably would have gotten some funny looks. πŸ˜‰

Meanwhile, Lucy is wiggling. While she ponders the wonderment of her existence.

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Mail Call

I love getting stuff in the mail, and an added benefit is getting stuff in the mail when you have little to blog about. Presto chango, instant blog fodder!

Exhibit A:

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This is my yarn for the Enchanted Wood Lace Shawl KAL from The Unique Sheep. Hope on over to the page I linked there to read all about it. The Unique Sheep is finishing up The Secret Garden KAL. I didn’t join that one, but my buddy L-B did and she has been having a lot of fun with it. so I decided to sign up when they announced the Enchanted Wood club. You make your choice from many many yarns, and I chose their Luxe yarn (wool/silk blend) in a gradience colorway: Mirkwood. I love my yarn!

It looks like sign-ups are still open so anyone interested can still join in the fun. The KAL starts January 10, 2010.

Exhibit B:

What a surprise it was to receive a package from Johanne, as I was not expecting it. Inside was this:

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Sock yarn! Sock yarn! Sock yarn! And this:

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It’s a Swedish crafts magazine, and this issue is focused on knitting. Great magazine — it reminds me somewhat of Threads. Johanne sent it to me because it has an article about traditional Swedish knitting with some wonderful photos:

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I was flipping through the rest of the magazine and this caught my eye:

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Hee hee. πŸ˜€

(It’s from an article about knitting resources on the internet.)

And from the comments . . .

Tammy said:

Oooh – I love the kitty bag.Β  Where did you get it?

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That is a custom made bag from Three Bags Full. Michelle does gorgeous work — I highly recommend her bags!

Lucy sez:

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“What’s for dinner? Catfood again?”

Back to School – er – Work

It was raining when I left for work this morning, and I actually saw some leaves on the ground! This makes me ridiculously happy — autumn is coming. But I’m not fooling myself. I’m sure we’ve got some hot weather ahead before it really gets to be autumn. Still, it is nice to have the illusion of autumn!

Since you haven’t seen it for a while, I’m posting a pic of the sock-in-progress:

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This is Madeline Tosh sock yarn in the Malachite colorway. I’m loving this yarn. It’s got my favorite base — tight twist 100% merino. And it’s green! How could I not love it?

And it is being knit up very slowly. Since I’ve got a big lace project to work on at home, this sock only comes out during my commute. And more often than not, the morning commute only. The afternoon commute has been too crowded for knitting lately.

But I’m hoping to finish this sock by the end of the week and have the second sock started to take to New York with me this weekend. I’ll be at Knitty City Saturday evening for a book signing (5 – 7 pm), and Sunday for classes. I hope I’ll see some of you there!

Here, for Johanne, a pic of the shawl in progress.

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I’ve named this design “True Love Stole.” Johanne will understand. πŸ˜‰

iTunes!

I just got enough reward points from my VISA card to order a free $50 iTunes gift card. Wheeeeeee! So soon I’ll be buying 50 songs from iTunes. Wanna help me out? Leave the name of a song from the 1960s to 1990s in the comments to this post and on Monday (September 14) about noon-ish my time I’ll fire up the Random Number Generator and pick some folks to win the WendyKnits pattern of his/her choice, which will be delivered in pdf format via email.

Doesn’t matter if the song you name is one I’ve already got — I just need some inspiration here!

Lucy sez:

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“Treats, please.”

Now Hear This

The Faro Easy Shawl pattern is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop, or from the link below, for $5.00 (delivered via pdf download):

buy now Now Hear This

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An easy Faroese-style shawl knit from the bottom up that takes 600 – 650 yards of dk/light worsted yarn.

Size:
Unblocked: 54” across the top edge (wingspan), 22” down the center back
Lightly Blocked: 72” across the top edge (wingspan), 26” down the center back

On To the Shawl at Hand

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Actually, I’m cheating. This is a photo from Sunday night. I’ve made a bit more progress since then.

The lace looks a bit dense, but when blocked will open up nicely. It may look complex but is pretty easy to execute — just yarnovers, k2tog, and “sl 1 k2tog psso.” The only tricky bit is that you are sometimes working a decrease into a yarnover from the previous row. If you don’t have pointy needles, it can be a bit tricky. But I am using my nicely pointy Addi Lace needles.

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My other project:

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A sock from Madeline Tosh sock yarn, in the Malachite colorway. This is my current commuter knitting. I’d have a bit more progress but this morning noticed something boneheaded I had done about 6 rounds down, so spent the morning commute dropping down and fixing it.

New Kitty!

Look at my new kitty!

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I installed Snow Leopard on my iMac yesterday. Installation went without a hitch and took a little under an hour. It’s too early for me to comment on the changes this OS upgrade hath wrought, but everything seems to be working properly, so that’s a good thing. I have noticed that things are faster all-over

Lucy Sez

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“Huh. Some kitty.”

Philadelphia

I returned home from my trip to Loop in Philadelphia last night, totally exhausted but very happy.

If you find yourself in Philadelphia, don’t pass up a chance to visit Loop. It’s a great shop filled with wonderful yarns and friendly people. Craig and his staff are great.

I traveled up via Amtrak on Friday — and the train was actually five minutes early! Craig picked me up at the station, took me by my hotel to drop off my stuff, and then headed over to Loop to sit and knit for a while before the Friday night Stitch Party.

Yes, given the choice of resting in my hotel room for a couple of hours and hanging out is a yarn shop, I will always choose hanging out in a yarn shop!

I re-connected with some old friends and made a bunch of new friends at the Stitch Party — and even made some good progress on my knitting.

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Saturday morning I taught a class on toe techniques for toe-up socks, and in the afternoon a class on heel techniques, both of which went really well, thanks mostly to the fun, talented knitters in the classes. Either that or I’m a genius teacher. And I know better than that . . . πŸ˜‰

All too soon it was time to head back home. I’m always torn after a quick trip like this. On the one hand, I can’t wait to get home and see Lucy, but on the other hand, I’m having a great time and just want to stay and play in the yarn.

Some yarn did come home with me, though . . .

Carol stopped by on Saturday and gave me this:

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A skein of her gorgeous Black Bunny Fibers hand-dyed Alpaca Shetland Lace yarn — it’s 90% alpaca and 10% shetland wool. 1300 yards — enough for a good-sized shawl. The colorway is “Hot Lips” — isn’t it amazing? I’m having a lot of fun thinking about what it’s going to become!

I also acquired this:

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Two skeins of merino sock yarn from Colorful Yarn, which is local to Eastern Pennsylvania. I love getting local yarn when I go on these trips, and this yarn is really lovely. And in semi-solids! What’s not to like?

Lucy got a prezzie:

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I think she likes it. πŸ™‚

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Hey, thanks for all the lovely comments on my Exonumist’s Shawl. I’m very pleased with how it came out, and I’ll get to work on finalizing the pattern since so many of you indicated that you want it — and thank you so much for that!

There were several questions in the comments about how I steam-block with an iron. Brace yourselves — I don’t use a damp cloth, I don’t hold the iron a couple of inches above the shawl. I set that sucker to full steam and iron the crap out of the shawl while pressing down on the “Shot of Steam” button, while stretching the shawl out with my free hand. My iron is a Rowenta, by the way, and it steams beautifully.

Okay, back to laundry duty!