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.

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?

Snowpocalypse 2010

What I have been doing for the past 24 hours or so.

February 5, 2010, 4:30pm:

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It’s been snowing for a few hours, but the street in front of my condo is still passable.

February 5, 2010, 7:10pm:

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The crew at my condo getting a jump on plowing the front lot. (My car is snug in the garage.)

February 5, 2010, 11:00pm:

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It is still snowing like crazy and the intrepid crew is out there clearing the sidewalk!

February 6, 2010, 12:10am: My cable and internet go out for a few minutes and I experience some mild panic.

February 6, 2010, 2:30am: My cable and internet go out for a few minutes and I experience some mild panic.

February 6, 2010, 8:00am:

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Someone has been gamely clearing the sidewalk all night.

February 6, 2010, 10:00am:

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If you are going to take a stroll down the center of the street, don’t forget your umbrella.

February 6, 2010, 1:30pm:

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It is still snowing.

February 6, 2010, 2:00pm:

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A snowplow driver obligingly stops for a photo op.

All the same, I don’t think we are going anywhere soon. There have been reports of 18″ of snow in my area so far and we still have a few hours left to go for this storm.

Lucy doesn’t mind.

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If you are in the path of a storm, I hope you are warm and safe. We are snug at home, I’ve got the heat on so Lucy is happy, and we’re well-stocked with all the necessities of life, that is, food, water, and yarn.

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Because knitting an intricate cabled sock in a dark yarn seems more than I can handle for the moment, I’ve started another easy shawlette.

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Film at eleven.

Thanks for all your good wishes. I’ve been to the spine doc and have an order to get an MRI, and a boatload of pain meds. So we are hanging in there.

Lucy sez:

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“Come play with me?”

One Skein

In the comments to yesterday’s post, Angela asked if my Talisman Shawl will take more than one skein. I’m planning for it to take only one (since that’s all I’ve got).

The Wollmeise is a lovely big skein — 575 yards. For this shawl, after you work the set-up chart, you can repeat the body chart as many times as you like (it is a 24-row repeat), and then work the edging chart. So I can sort of eyeball how much yarn I’ve got left as I work and decide when I need to stop doing repeats and work the edging.

I’m confident that my one skein will make a lovely good-sized shawl.

That is assuming I actually have time to knit on it. I’ve knit on the train the past two mornings, but was not able to get any lunchtime knitting in for one reason or another. And the trains have been too crowded for me to knit on the way home. I got an hour or so of knitting time in last night and expect to get about the same tonight.

It’s funny, the more I want to get something done, it seems like the less time I have to actually work on it.

And I won’t be knitting tonight — a botched blood donation (thank you, Red Cross) has left one arm bruised and throbbing.

So don’t expect much tomorrow. icon wink One Skein

To make up for the lack of photos and knitting progress tonight, Lucy gives you this:

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Paw floof!

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?”