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.

Today So Far

I finally managed to drag myself out of bed this morning at about 9:45am. (Staying up until the time changed from 2:00am to 3:00am was a bad idea, in retrospect).

I hate Daylight Savings Time. Hate it hate it hate it. Not only that, but I hate it.

Despite the late start, so far today I:

  • made yogurt (well it’s still in the yogurt maker)
  • took a bunch of photos for a stealth project
  • did two loads of laundry
  • did some closet reorganization
  • reorganized my DVDs

Now for some stolen time:

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Stolen time. Get it? I crack me up.

Lucy is still checking my work in my closet:

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It seems like there was something else I was supposed to be doing, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I hope it was nothing important!

A Random Post

I don’t have much to blog about today because most of my knitting time last night was used dozing off and waking up until I finally gave up and went to bed. And my knitting time on my commute is taken up by a stealth project.

However, I can show you a close-up of the cast-on edge of the Chevron Stole.

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I used a lace cast-on for the bottom edge so it would be nice and stretchy. The cast-on is one where you start with a slip knot on the left needle and then knit a stitch into it, transferring the new loop onto the left needle to make the second cast-on stitch. Then you continue on, knitting into the previous stitch on the left needle each time, and pulling the new loop up and placing it on the left needle.

The stole has garter stitch edgings — I started by working several rows of garter stitch before beginning the lace pattern. Once I started the lace, I worked the first and last 5 stitches in garter stitch to keep that edge going up the sides of the stole. To get a nice stretchy edge, on every row I slip the first stitch as if to purl with the yarn in back, then knit the next 4. Then onward to the lace section.

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In other news

From time to time y’all ask me in the comments how the clean eating is going. It is going just fine, thank you. It’s been almost 3 months since I made this lifestyle change and I don’t miss my old ways one little bit. I would estimate that I eat 95% clean because as far as I know, nothing I eat is processed or has preservatives in it (and I work hard to make sure this is true). I eat no sugar or artificial sweeteners. I drink water all day (and one cup of coffee in the morning.) I’ve even started making my own yogurt (from organic fat-free milk) and let me tell you, that stuff is yummy. I do buy organic as much as possible.

I’ve noticed that I am much healthier. The respiratory and sinus issues that have plagued me forever are gone, as are any digestive issues. Unfortunately clean eating has not stopped my spine from disintegrating, but then, I guess that’s a bit much to expect. I look on the bright side — while I am hobbling around and screeching in pain as my lumbar vertebrae viciously squeeze my nerves, at least I’m not sniffling and sneezing at the same time.

Another a nice side-effect of clean eating is that I’ve lost a bit of weight.

(Aside: Speaking of hateful uncooperative vertebrae and disks, the little bastards are causing me  rather a lot of pain these days. So much so that it affects my normal day-to-day activities. I’ve had to cut back on some things — like computer time. I get a fair amount of email every day with knitting questions, requests of one sort or another, and other random things. Because it hurts to sit at the ‘puter, I can’t answer ‘em all.)

To close:

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A girl and her tail-less mouse.

ETA: I appreciate all your good wishes and suggestions but truly, I am not looking for medical advice here (I’ve got a good doc I’m working with). Just wanted to let you know that I am less available than usual. Thanks!

State Names

This weekend the KOARC and I were discussing movies that have the names of states in the title — like “Blue Hawaii.” This started me wondering — does every state in the U.S. have a movie with its name in the title? Some, like New York, have multiple movies, of course, but is there a movie with, for example, Rhode Island in the title?

Yeah, I wonder about stuff like this.

So, just for fun, if you can think of a movie that has a state name in the title, please leave it in the comments to this blog entry. To reward you for your diligence, on Thursday afternoon I’ll draw five names at random and those five people will win the WendyKnits pattern of their choice. Oh, and the first person who can name a movie with “Rhode Island” in the title will win 5 patterns. icon biggrin State Names

Leave your comment by 4pm Eastern time this Thursday, August 20, to be entered in the drawing.

Progress!

I had as nice chunk of knitting time yesterday so made some good progress on the Sandvik shawl.

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I’ve got 33 more rows to do before I work the bottom border. I weighed my ball of yarn after taking this photo. The original weight was 230 grams, and the ball now weighs 127 grams, so I’ve used less than half of it. The yardage was 1300 yards, so I’m guessing I’ve used 600 or so yards so far.

Progress will slow down during the week because I’m working on a stealth project for my commuter knitting. But I’m hoping to have this done by the end of next weekend.

Lucy Sez:

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“Put down the knitting and look at me!”

Hot Monday

The temp shown in my Firefox weather app:

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I think the heat index was supposed to make it feel something like 105 degrees. But right now it is a chilly 96 degrees. Brrrrrrr!

I returned home last night from a great weekend in Minneapolis. Karen, the owner of Needlework Unlimited picked me up at the airport on Friday afternoon and we proceeded to have huge amounts of fun all weekend.

My classes at Needlework Unlimited on Saturday were great and I got to spend some quality time fondling yarn. What’s not to love?

Saturday night after classes, Karen took me out to dinner at Salut Bar Americain, a great restaurant with delicious food and a touch of whimsy. And late Saturday night, when we were back at Karen’s house, sirens went off in the distance. Something I have no experience with in my east coast life — tornado sirens! A tornado touched down not very far from us. It was all very exciting, since it wasn’t close enough to be really scary.

It was a great weekend — a fabulous yarn shop, good company, good food, and knitting. And kitties. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Since I got home fairly late last night I had arranged to take today off from work. A good thing too, because my respiratory crud returned last week and I haven’t shaken it yet. And the air quality today was bad, so I was just as happy to stay inside.

What knitting I did was on a stealth project, so no photos of that.

Hey, remember my Tilli Tomas bleeding yarn? It went to a new home with Sarah W. last month. Well, right before I left for Minneapolis, this came in the mail.

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Sarah made this from the Tilli Tomas yarn. Isn’t it lovely?

Inside the pretty little pouch is a jar of apricot preserves. YUM! And thank you so much, Sarah!

Lucy Sez

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“Can you make me some salmon preserves?”

Circle of Friends

You know how it is when you meet someone and “click” with that person immediately?

Last May I traveled out to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the S.W.A.K. Knit Out. My friend Tempted Stacy was attending and offered to pick me up at the airport, as she drove down to the event. Stacy’s sister, Muriel, lives in Guthrie, so she came along to the airport as well.

Muriel is one of those people. As soon as I met her, I loved her. She’s intelligent, beautiful, kind, and has the same smart-ass sense of humor as me. The fact that we hit it off immediately doesn’t really surprise me, since she’s Stacy’s sister and Stacy is one of the greatest people I know.

So as well as having a great time at the Knit Out, I gained a wonderful new friend. While in Guthrie I taught Muriel how to knit, and she took to it like she was born to knit. Considering her gene pool, this really isn’t shocking.

Anyway, this week Muriel has been visiting Stacy and did some dyeing with her. And yesterday I got this in the mail:

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A colorway that Muriel created for me, with (Stacy tells me) pretty much zero help from her.

I love the name she gave this colorway.

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Thank you so much, Muriel. I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to meet you and am so happy and proud that you and Stacy are in my Circle of Friends.

You can be darn sure that there will be a Circle of Friends sock design in the very near future!

Hey, Look!

Guess what’s available for pre-order over at Amazon.com?

Dye Dreams Sock Club Design

My stealth project right now is something I’ve been told I can share. icon smile Circle of Friends

A while back the lovely ladies of Dye Dreams contacted me to see if I would be willing to design a sock for their Four Seasons Sock Club — the Autumn sock, to be exact. Autumn is my favorite season so I was happy to do it. Stephanie and Mona have been lovely to work with. I was  given carte blanche on the design and they even let me pick the colorway I wanted to work with from among a number of samples they sent to me.

They told me I could blog about the process of creating the design, so here I am. I have a photo of the design in progress that I’ve hidden behind a link, so those of you who are already club members and want to be surprised won’t see it.

You have been warned. Click at your own peril.

Click here to see the design in progress.

I’m loving knitting with Dye Dreams yarn! Just sayin’.

See Ya!

Tomorrow I’m off to Newark, Delaware for fun and classes at Stitches With Style. See y’all Sunday!

Lucy Sez

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“What? Momma’s going away again?”