My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Archives for February 2010

All Ready

The pattern for the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette is all ready to go.

You can purchase it in pdf format from my Ravelry store, here.

It looks nice on Gwendolyn, I think.

The Miss Woodhouse Shawl is a “more than a triangle” shawl – extra increases on the outer edges make it grow faster in width than in length.

The unblocked shawl measures 50” across the top and 16” down the center back. Blocked it measures 66” across and 25” down the center back. These measurements are approximate because they depend on how severely you block your piece.

This pattern is good for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn (and uses a US 6 needle), which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques – yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

You can enlarge the shawl by doing more repeats of Chart B – as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 4-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see – it’s obvious from the pattern.

Speaking of my lace shawlettes, check out my friend Sharon’s Seaside Shawl:

The yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Tulip colorway. Sharon said “I choose that colorway because it makes me think of the Sea Pinks that grow in coastal regions (http://www.perennialreference.com/perennials/armeria.html). We’ve grown them here (Sharon lives in Southern California) but they are tricky in our climate because it gets so hot in the summer. They really need the moisture of the ocean to thrive.”

As for my knitting, while I’ve been snowed it, I’ve been working mostly on stealth projects. I went out this morning to check out the snow situation — it looks like we got between 20 – 24″ here. I took a bunch of photos and put them in a Flickr set. The only sound I heard while I was out was the sound of wheels spinning as cars tried to get out of snow, so I’m wondering about getting to work tomorrow, if indeed the government is open.

All in all, we were pretty much unscathed, apart from power outage of 5 hours or so last night.

Lucy sez:

“Look Momma! The sun is shining!”

Snowpocalypse 2010

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

February 5, 2010, 4:30pm:

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

February 5, 2010, 7:10pm:

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:

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:

Someone has been gamely clearing the sidewalk all night.

February 6, 2010, 10:00am:

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

February 6, 2010, 1:30pm:

It is still snowing.

February 6, 2010, 2:00pm:

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.

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.

Meet Miss Woodhouse

Unblocked, the Miss Woodhouse Shawl was 50″ across the top, 16″ down the center back.

Blocked she is 66″ across the top, 25″ down the center back.

I used a size 6 (4mm) needle and one skein of MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in the “Oak B” colorway with 24 grams left over.

Expect a pattern presently.

Lucy is beside herself with excitement.

Suspense

I’m fairly close to the finish of my current shawlette and I gotta tell you — the suspense is killing me.

Because I am far too lazy and impatient to do anything like actually swatch out the lace before starting work on it, I’ve been designing it on the fly. In fact, the last two charts of the pattern underwent a significant overhaul after I worked a couple of rows and just wasn’t feeling the love.

This is a more-than-a-triangle shawlette and I’m still planning to keep the yarn requirements down to one skein of sock yarn, so it will be wider but not as deep as the previous two I just completed.

I love the yarn — MadelineTosh Tosh Sock in the “Oak B” colorway. It may look brown in photos, but in real life it’s sort of a browny-olive-greeny mix. Very nice!

Lucy sez:

“It is not as pretty as my colorway!

The Seaside Shawlette

The pattern for the Seaside Shawlette is now available for sale on Ravelry, here.

This shawlette can be knit from one 100-gram skein of sock yarn and when blocked measures approximately 56” across the top (wingspan) and 25” down the center back.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn, which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques – yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

And now I’m working on another shawlette, this one yet to be named.

The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the “Oak B” colorway, on a U.S. size 6 needle.

Lucy is working on her nap technique.