My current work in progress:

Freshet, by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13, knit from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

The First FO of 2010

I knit the last 6 rows of my Swallowtail Shawl and blocked it on New Year’s Day. Here it is pre-blocking:

And here it is blocking:

And being modeled by Gwendolyn:

I used a 150-gram skein of Sea Silk, and worked an extra five repeats of the main body pattern. I estimated well, because this is what I had left after binding off:

Fifteen grams of yarn!

Several of you asked what “nupps” are. Here is a close-up of the nupps:

Nupps are little mini-bobbles. These are worked by doing a k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 all in one stitch on the right side, and purling 5 together on the wrong side. They give some people fits because of the purling 5 together, but because I’m a fairly loose knitter, I don’t have much of a problem doing that. It helps to have a really pointy needle!

Here’s my new work-in-progress:

This is the start of an Aestlight Shawl, which I am making from Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in the “Starry Night” colorway.

Thank you!

Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes you all sent me — in the comments here, on Ravelry, on Facebook, and on Plurk. I had a great day. It almost makes up for getting older. 😉

Lucy rang in the New Year in the manner in which she plans to continue for the rest of the winter:

Out With the Old Nupps, In with the New

I have reached the fun point in the Swallowtail shawl — the nupps!

I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this baby in 2009, so it will likely be my first FO of 2010.

Lucy is spending the day napping, so she can stay up to see the new year in.

Happy New Year! See you on the flip side!

Getting There

I am now five rows away from starting the next pattern on my Swallowtail Shawl. Woo-hoo!

I thought I’d be further along at this point but time just got away from me today . . .

More Questions! More Answers!

Knitty commented:

Perhaps you could offer advice for a friend of mine. She was given 200 yards of qiviut by a well meaning friend for Christmas. Is there anything she can make with that amount?

Off the top of my head, without knowing the weight of the qivuit, I’d say wristwarmers or a lacy neckwarmer would work. Anyone else have any ideas?

Allyson asked in the comments:

How was it coming off the Diet Coke? Are you caffeine free too?

I’m not caffeine-free — I have one cup of coffee in the morning, always in a fun mug, like this one:

I’ve read that coffee, in moderation, has some health benefits, so a cup a day for me.

It was surprisingly easy for me to kick the Diet Coke habit. I actually did that a few weeks before I started the clean eating regime. Now the only beverages I drink are water, green tea, and coffee.

Tina S. asked:

I was wondering what Clean Eating program you are following. After losing 30 lbs through exercise and feeling so much better this past year, I’ve decided to step it up and try a healthier eating program. I’ve looked at several options, and they each have a little different take on clean eating.

I bought this book and have pretty much been following it. I found it rather poorly organized and hard to follow, but there is some sound nutritional advice in there, and the diet does work.

I’ve mentioned before, but will again — we have an Eat-Clean Knitters group over on Ravelry. It has over 250 members right now. some of us are Eat-Clean Newbies, some are veterans, and some are wannabees.

Of course exercise is an important component of the “clean” lifestyle. I’ve slowly started working out with free weights again, something that has been successful in the past for me.

Lucy Sez

“She posted that pic of me wearing the shawl. I’m so embarrassed!”

Swallowtail

I’ve been working away on things unbloggable all day, so haven’t yet picked up the project I showed you yesterday morning, but here it is, as it was when I stopped knitting last night:

As some of you guessed, it is a Swallowtail Shawl.

I’m using Hand Maiden Sea Silk, in the Rose colorway, on a U.S. 5 (3.75mm) needle. I’ve got a 150-gram skein (600 meters), so I’ll be sizing this up from the pattern so as to make use of my extra yarn. The laceweight version of the pattern calls for 400 meters. It also suggests a U.s. size 4 needle. I went up a needle size because Sea Silk is a slightly heavier laceweight.

Now I must get back to it. Lucy has very handsomely offered to entertain you by striking a cute pose:

Look at those cute little legs!