My current work in progress:

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


Short Rows and Battery Life

Here is a more updated photo of my work in progress (taken with my new HTC Thunderbolt phone, Thor).

This is a short-row shawlette. I knit a lace edging, then picked up stitches along the long straight edge of the edging and am working back and forth in short rows for the body of the shawl. A different construction for me and a very fun one.

I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the “Creme de Menthe” colorway and a U.S. size 5 (3.75mm) needle. Because I am working on an unbloggable project at the same time, this is commuter knitting only. The lace edging was easily memorizable and one I got into the body it’s almost mindless. In other words, great commuter knitting.

Speaking of Thor . . .

I’m still loving my HTC Thunderbolt! What a great phone.

One of the issues with the Thunderbolt that I knew about before purchasing was that it really drains the battery. Knowing this, I ordered an extended battery for it immediately — this one (Amazon link). The battery (and new back that accommodates the extra girth of the battery) arrived yesterday (love Amazon Prime shipping) and now Thor is a little hunchback. 🙂

There is a reason why this battery has all 5-star reviews on Amazon. It makes a huge difference in battery life. And as one reviewer reported, the extra girth does make it easier to grip the phone.

Yesterday at this time I had less than 40% battery left. Today:


I got Thor a Seidio case that accommodates his hunchback so he is stylin’!

Lucy could not care less.

ETA: Danielle at fibre space tells me that they are opening up 20 more spots in the Dyed Delights Club on June 29. (I mentioned this upcoming club last week.) Go here to check it out if you missed out the first time around!


  1. The short-row shawlette is very beautiful. I would really like to make that one myself. Have fun with Thor! Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with it.

  2. I like mindless knitting! Sometimes it’s the only way to go, but the lace pretties it up very nicely.

    I also think it funny that after all of the hype for thinner and thinner phones, there is obviously a point of diminishing returns. One of my first cell phones was a weeny Motorola flip – which worked great, but was hard to hang onto. Since I now prefer smart phones with full keyboards, they are never so thin as to present a problem. But I am considering the Motorola Photon 4G from Sprint due out this month, which does not have a physical keyboard. (Used to be on Verizon, but they don’t work at all in our high school, so it’s Sprint at least till daughter graduates.)

  3. Oh, and nice phone wallpaper!

  4. I love new gadgets! and the shawl is great too 🙂

  5. Love the shawlette. The lacey edge is very pretty!

  6. LOL, I love the name you gave your phone! I hope it doesn’t shock you with a bolt though. Love seeing Lucy.
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  7. Looking forward to seeing a pattern for this shawlette. Love the colors and the look of the lace.
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  8. Gail Rector says:

    Maybe Lucy would enjoy Angry Birds or a nice animated Swimming Fish app

  9. Gorgeous shawlette! How hard would it be to make that full sized, i wonder?

    There should be a battery saver mode on the phone (try settings –> battery manager) Also, turning off GPS except for when you need (settings –. location) it will be a HUGE help with the battery life. By default it’s on.

    I love my Droid. 🙂

  10. Lucy – classy as ever!! Love the new shaw(lette?) and phone. I keep dragging my feet on getting a new one…

  11. Carol Hall says:

    I love the short-row shawl . Enjoy your Thor.

  12. I’ve had my EVO 4G for one year now, and have finally figured out all the wonders that are android (well, not all, but quite a bit). there are definitely ways to save the battery – another one is: don’t let the display stay on all the time – go to settings>display>10 minutes or even less, and you’ll notice a huge improvement. All the background programs that are constantly running are probably another battery drain.

  13. I really like the shawlette and look forward to a pattern.

  14. I like that pattern very much. I’ll be interested to see how it turns out. I’m not a big fan of knitting lace but I like how it looks so I’m always glad to see pattern with a LITTLE bit of lacy-ness. I love short rows so this will be on my list when you put out the the pattern.

  15. I was thinking about using this method to make a couple of pretty shawls for my SIL and MIL. Is there anything you noticed in the design process that was different than normal?

  16. Christienne says:

    Love the creme de menthe colorway! Since I’m afraid of the lacework, I’m even more enamored with your shawl construction. What do you mean by “short row”?
    And what miracles do you practice daily in order to be able to work as frequently as you do on all the bloggable and non bloggables pieces!? Do you have any suggestions for easing the strain / tension of overworked knitters’ / crocheters’ arms?
    And, last but not least – Lucy is delightful!!

  17. Christienne says:

    ps – forgot to mention Thor- he seems quite the handful. 🙂 My cousin used to date a guy named Thor. Total viking! Maybe you could get your Thor a little viking hat phone charm?!?! 🙂

  18. I’m glad I’m not the only one who names their phone. Mine is Lloyd, named after the (former) assistant on “Entourage.” I loved that Ari was always screaming for him to solve some problem, and he calmly fixed everything. My phone does that, too :o) Check out the Knit Counter app by CrazyFiberLady, available on the Android Market. I like it a lot.

  19. LPStarr says:

    I knit a short row shawl for my mom that had similar shaping. I will be interested to see your deeper shawlette pattern. I LOVE the Creme de Menthe color and Lucy isn’t so bad herself.


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