Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Transitioning to Spring

Back in the winter, my Kansas-sister complained of the cold draft in her office, and the fact that she regularly sits at her desk with a sweater half-on. You need a shawl, I said. A lacy shawl wouldn't keep me warm, she said. A little working out of details, and now she is wrapped in this, instead:

Pattern: Beth Kling's Henslowe

Yarn: Davidson Old Mill Yarn Heather in Charcoal

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular

Mods: I made it as big as mine! It is exactly the same as my shawl, except for color.

I hear it is getting daily use, and if that confuses you when thinking of Kansas in May, remember that office air conditioning is set for the benefit of the computers, not the people!

I love the DOMY Heather so much that I bought some in forest green at this year's Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and learned the heartbreaking news that they closing by the end of the year! I am busy figuring out what would constitute a reasonable lifelong supply...

Next up in the summer sock race (and an added bonus for those of you who wanted a picture of our "woodified" stairs):

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Lilac Mist

Pattern: Lisa Dykstra's Panda Cotton Periwinkle Socks

Mods: I sized down again from 68 to 56 stitches, cutting the extra stitches out of the knit columns of the pattern.

These are my favorites so far, very comfy and pretty (the fact that they exactly match one of my shirts has only a little to do with it). I made the leftovers into two pairs of baby booties yesterday.

The next pair in the race have been frogged (the pattern and I did not get along), and the fourth pair are already well underway.


  1. Purple panda socks, eh? Any leftovers? For your purple panda who wears socks?

  2. I can relate too well! I *always* keep a shawl on the back of my chair. (Have one on right now as a matter of fact & I am working from home today! Paul likes it as chilly as it can be. *grin*) My work office is terrible about the AC. It always seems to be blasting cold air & I shiver otherwise.

    Love the purple socks. I am afraid to ask about the summer sock race. But also curious.

    I am participating in Stash Dash that the Knit Girllls do. It is summer long challenge to knit/spin/weave/etc. down your stash. Though I am not pointing out I bought spinning fiber so I could work on spinning a sweater's worth of yarn... Nope. I will deny it. *grin*

  3. I *love* my new shawl! It is actually showing up a bit lighter-color than it is in real life; however, that might just be this particular computer screen. Anyway, it is now mid-June and the shawl is still in use and is much admired by my co-workers!