My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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


Paw floof!


  1. It looks like Lucy is giving the thumbs down!!! I am sorry about your bruised and throbbing arm. I wonder if they suggested something for you to do to help with that. How about ice? Rest? Again, I am truly sorry.

  2. Oh man… I have had that happen with the blood and the arm. My arm felt ok the next day, but I had horrendous looking bruising (couldn’t feel it at all).

    So. Rest. Feel better. Keep the arm elevated.

    And, please, more paw floof. I have a short haired cat. I have no floof in my household. Sigh.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  3. Sorry the arm is hurting! Thanks for donating though. I donated for the first time a couple weeks ago. My 7-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia in July and he’s had several blood transfusions. I have a new appreciation for blood donation and the people who give so selflessly! Hope your arm feels better real soon.

    Love Lucy’s fluff. (though it took me a minute to figure out what it was – at first it look like something from a scary movie! haha)

  4. I have a name to propose for the To-Be-Named Shawlette. It was inspired by the pattern and by my mis-reading of ‘Talisman’. Because it looks so much like Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, call it ‘Taliesin’.
    .-= Mary the Digital Knitter´s last blog ..Oops, Sorry About That =-.

  5. Yay for floof! Ice is good for bruised throbbing -been there, done that. Need to make an appt to do it again soon.

  6. Melissa McKee says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you are bruised. I bruise easily and have to visit the vampires* at least once every three months. The good thing about this is I have a couple of products that you can use to heal faster and cut down the pain. Best bet for finding them is Whole Foods or other health food type stores. One is called 2nd Skin Bruise Control. Another is Arniflora Arnica Gel. Hope you can get something. It sucks when you can’t knit cause the body won’t cooperate.

    *Actually the very nice folks at my doctors office who draw blood.

  7. Is that a high-4 that Lucy is giving?

  8. This may, in fact, be the best post ever…it contains two of my favorite things: projects that only take one skein and PAW FLOOF:).

  9. I followed your “thank you” link – it’s odd to read that one from 2003 under the blog banner with Lucy in it. Is that the post you meant to link to?

  10. Just experiencing thunder and lightning with a vast temperature drop here in Melbourne (after yesterday’s 39 degC), so thinking . . hmm .. maybe some more knitting time to be had this summer.
    High 4 back to THE PAW !

  11. Is the Talisman Shawl pattern available somewhere? I don’t see it at The Loopy Ewe.
    Hope your arm is feeling better soon!

  12. When my husband donates, he tells them, “I’ll give you two tries. After that, it’s a one-for-one trade……I get to stick you everytime you stick me.” He’s A negative and very popular with the vampires.

  13. “the more I want to get something done, it seems like the less time I have to actually work on it.”

    I hear you. That arm’ll heal up in no time!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Bet you didn’t expect this. =-.

  14. I hope your arm heals up quickly–I’ve been there with blood draws. I always have to think about whether I have anything I really need to get done the next day or two before I give blood. Fortunately the last few times have gone well.

  15. Oh I love Lucy’s paw floof!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do hope you are better by tomorrow but sometimes those bruise can take a couple of days. Especially if they broke more that one blood vessel. Keep it warm, I find warmth works better for me.

  16. Eep, hope your arm recovers quickly! That often happens to me when I have/volunteer to give blood.
    .-= Celestial´s last blog ..Decorating =-.

  17. As much as I love “tuning” into your bog everyday and seeing what is going on in your knitting world and what is growing on the needles – – there ain’t nothing better than a brand new picture of Lucy paw floof! Thank you for the lovely photo – – I’m still smiling.

  18. I love a good floof picture!

  19. I love donating blood, but nothing ruins the day like a bad donation experience. It’s funny, but I can walk into a donation van (the local hospital does a truck in the Financial District every few months) and tell them my preferred arm and they get right to it. I think blood donation is the only thing they do, so I rarely have a problem. Apheresis on the other hand. Whoops!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..another smu alert =-.

  20. Another comment wishing your arm a speedy recovery.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Laughter =-.

  21. When I was visiting DC last week & riding the Marc & the Metro everywhere I saw so many other knitters; I felt as if I had finally come home. Even in the movie theater I was sitting in the same row as a knitter (her – scarf, me – socks). I now see why so many love riding public transit so much. I certainly wish I could!

    Thanks for the reply about the 1 skein. I have one skein in that colorway I have been hoarding so I can’t wait to see how it looks as your Talisman.
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Sisters =-.

  22. I had a similar experience with a bruised arm due to blood draw. I signed up for a health mentoring program through work and they had lab techs come out and do the blood draws and measurements to enroll for the program. I bruise easy anyway, but I was out of knitting commission for almost two days! I about died not being able to knit!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..The joy of a knitting order! =-.