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I used a bit more than 1000 yards of fingering weight yarn for this shawl. The pattern is called Shaelyn, and is available on Ravelry.com. The yarn is Studio June’s Eight Bells, in the “Here Comes Trouble” colourway. It is mostly a clear red, with some darker cherry red streaks. I knit this as one of my submissions for Camp Loopy, a summer knitting contest at theloopyewe.com. Great fun to knit!

Oh, and I see that I never posted a photo of my completed “Les Abeilles”, so here it is. I wore this almost every day last winter and it still looks like new!

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I have made a little progress on the petite shawl that I’m knitting from the sea wool Sally sent me in the swap. I really like that this shawl is knit from the bottom up. The rows get shorter as you go! By the time I get to the garter stitch portion of the pattern, it will be done in no time at all. The lace pattern is easy to memorize. It’s a very enjoyable knit. The pattern is a Knitspot design, from Anne Hanson.

It’s a lucky mail day for me. I received my Knitspot swap package from Sally, and an order from the Wollmeise!

She was very generous! Those Werther’s chocolates are not long for this world.

The Wollmeise order was both a nice surprise and a bit of a disappointment. I love the skeins of Twin. My hope was for something nice and dark, and that’s what I got in the brown/black grab bag:

The top skein is a “guinea pig” colour, and is very dark brown and black. The bottom skein is Im Jahr der Ratte (Year of the Rat). It’s a blend of gray/brown and dark blue. The blue looks a lot darker in the photo than it is in real life.

I wasn’t as happy with the lace-garn grab bag (grab bags are purchased without the buyer knowing exactly what colours they will get).

This is Vamp, a tomato red that is just way too bright for me. I may commit Wollmeise heresy and overdye this to a purple or brown. Stay tuned…

This is the first sock from Cookie A’s 2011 sock club. I used String Theory Caper Sock in Bye Bye Blues, which was a special edition yarn for the Loopy Ewe’s sock club last year. A skein of Caper Sock came with the Haleakala pattern, too, but I’m saving that yarn for another pattern.

This yarn has a bit of cashmere in it, so it is very soft. It’s a bit thicker than most of the fingering weight sock yarn I use, so these socks are very warm! I’ll put them away for next winter.

The latest Cookie A sock from knit.sock.love. I used Studio June Sock Luck yarn in the Coneflower colourway. This is a yarn with 25 percent nylon, so I expect these socks to last through many hand washings. This is my first pair of Monkey socks, and I will probably knit this pattern again. It is a quick knit and looks much more complicated than it is.

What finally motivated me to get the second sock done? I have another pattern I want to cast on, and I need the needles!  Can’t wait to wear these, though, they feel so soft on the feet.

I’m going to slowly work my way through the socks in Cookie A’s new book, knit.sock.love. Hedera is the first design featured in the book, and I had a skein of Wollmeise 80/20 in Mistelzwieg  already wound and ready to knit. I have finished the first sock. It was a simple knit, and the fit is  wonderful. I have finally learned to knit the heel flap longer so that the sock doesn’t stretch so much over my high instep. I also cast on 70 stitches, which is more than my usual 58-66. Since I use 00 needles (1.75 mm), I get a good tight gauge that will hopefully translate to a pair of socks that will last through a lot of wear.

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