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.

And Now for the Stole

I mentioned last week that when I finished the Chevron Shawlette, I was going to knit a Chevron Stole using the same stitch motifs.

I have started said stole and here it is.

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This is more Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn, this in the “logwood” colorway. The stole will take more yarn than the shawlette, so I bought two skeins. But it is great fun to knit. The rows seem to zip by quickly because they are not growing. They are all x number of stitches, so I know exactly how long each row will take me. I find that somehow comforting.

And Check This Out

I did a guest post for the Potter Craft “Crafter News” blog that is posted today. Check it out here. And as a bonus, you can download a pattern for Bouquet Socks, one of the designs from my upcoming book!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Lucy hasn’t murdered any more of her toys.

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She looks very ladylike, doesn’t she?

Brrrrrrr

It is still very chilly today and to add insult to injury, I trudged back to the office this morning. I’ll admit that I was very jealous of Lucy, who went back to bed as I was leaving for work this morning. At least it was sunny today. Here’s the late afternoon sun glinting off the buildings:

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But all is not doom and gloom, for I have finished the garter stitch triangle that makes up the center portion of the Aestlight Shawl, and picked up the stitches around that triangle.

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I am now ready to commence the fun portion.

From the comments, some questions.

Annette asked:

I note that you sometimes use superwash wool in your shawls. I’ve always thought that superwash wool, or wool combined with synthetic fibers, does not hold the blocking well. So, I tend to shy away from that combo. What’s your opinion?

I’ve made a lot of lace pieces from superwash wool, and have never had any issues with blocking. I tend not to use synthetics, so can’t offer any opinion there.

A number of you have asked what I do with all the shawls I wear. Well, I either shred them or burn them.

No, just kidding. Some I give away, and some I keep and wear. As simple as that.

And several of you have asked what Lucy’s pillow says. Here you go:

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Lucy agrees completely.

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Still Life With Pink Blob

On my desk this morning.

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The bag has made an appearance in my blog before — it was made and given to me by Richmond knitter Issy when I was down there at the end of June. It’s just the right size for carrying the pink blob around!

I’m getting ready to transfer the pink blob to a longer needle. It’s on a 24-incher right now. While that is perfectly fine for the number of stitches I’ve got, I do like being able to spread my knitting out a bit more, particularly when I’m knitting a new design that I may wanna make changes to on the fly.

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This Weekend

Tomorrow I’m going to Minneapolis to teach classes and hang with knitters at Needlework Unlimited. I hope I’ll see some of you there.

I return home late-ish Sunday night, so no blog post on Sunday. (Oh, and I’ll be internet-free for most of the weekend too.) So I’ll see y’all Monday.

Lucy Sez:

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Momma’s going away again? Catnip par-tay time!

On and On and On

That’s where I am on my as yet unnamed circular shawl. Knitting on and on and on.

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I have done the last set of increases so I am now up to 576 stitches around, so each round is taking a lo-o-ong time to complete. I did make some progress over the weekend, though, even though I did no knitting at all on Saturday as I was busy teaching classes. And very little knitting yesterday, come to think of it.

Since I didn’t bother to swatch, and I changed my mind about a couple of the stitch patterns after I started knitting, I don’t have a really clear idea of how good this will look once it is off the needles and blocked. I picked lace patterns that (to me at least) seem to go together, so hopefully the end result will be more or less pleasing to the eye. But I won’t really know until it’s off the needles and spread out.

I’m betting I’ll be working on this for at least another week, so I have at least a week of suspenseful knitting ahead of me.

I’ve got some of this going on:

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And some of this:

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And some of this:

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And on the back of the couch, I have one of these:

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