Sunday, October 15, 2017

Gazania Shrug - Cast On

This summer I gave away the three shrugs that I had made.  Two of them I had made as gifts, but I wasn't really planning on giving my sister Liz my Gazania Shrug, which was the first one that I had made.  I'm glad I did, though, because it took forever to get a replacement set to make another one.  The first two sets (original order and replacement sent by Biscotte) never made it.  In the end I ordered another set along with several other Paintbox sets, figuring that maybe a larger package would have a lower chance of being lost on the way.  Of course once I had finished the central panel of my Charivari Shrug I had to cast on another one to put in my work bag.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Charivari Shrug - Central Strip Done

It has been a while since I posted.  I've been busy with a test knit, but I got that all wrapped up last weekend.  I'm quite pleased with the tech edit that I did on the pattern.  I've been working on my Charivari Shrug.  I had the central panel in my work bag so I have been working on it here and there and also at home when I wanted something mindless to work on.  I'm almost done with the first stripe.  I have all the skeins caked up.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Goldwing in Green - Over Half-way

I started the second skein this week and am working the decrease part of the pattern now.  I did one repeat with no increases or decreases before beginning the decreases.  I am working this skein from the inside, which is the dark green.  I do like the subtle change of the color from light to dark and back again.  This is the first time I've used this yarn and I'm very curious how it will block.  The yarn is dyed, I believe, by knitting a blank and painting it in order to get the gradual color change.  Then it gets caked up.  The yarn is still a little kinky and the fiber feels a little compressed, I'm hoping it will bloom a little when I block it.

Pattern:  Goldwing by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Gradient in Emeralds
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug - Finished!

I finished this up last Sunday, but it took several days to dry, and then I had to wait until this weekend to get some decent pictures.  I have already started a Charivari Shrug, but haven't gotten very far on the central panel yet.  I really need to finish up some WIPs, and also finish my current test knit.
I thought about using up the remains of the skeins working the short rows, like I did on my first two shrugs, but in the end just didn't feel like dealing with it.  I may use the remains to make some kind of modular knit thing, maybe a scarf, or something.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug - Side Two, Two Stripes Done

I ended up spending a fair bit of time working on my shrug this week - home for two days with something, not sure what - head cold or totally freaked out allergic reaction - reading and knitting.  I also finished a book in two days, something I haven't done in a long time.  In high school I routinely read a book every day or so.  I also spent a lot of time prepping and cleaning up the pattern for my latest test/sample knit - The Unique Sheep's Annual Christmas Club.

The other great news is that Biscotte has finally released the shrug pattern!  They have named it The Cupcake Shrug.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Goldwing in Green - Making Progress

The shrugs are such easy mindless knitting that it is easy for me to just lose myself in them, but I decided that I really needed to work on some of my other WIPs, so this past week I picked this one back up, using it for my TV watching knitting, and reserving the shrug for knitting while reading.  This was going to be my third Camp Loopy project, but my test knit took precedence, so that didn't happen.  It is definitely looking more wing-like, and the green is gradually getting darker as I get closer to the end of the cake.  The pattern is actually pretty boring, and I have found myself a couple of times forgetting the increase stitch that increases the depth of the center section.  Fortunately I've caught it pretty quickly when I do it, and I'm trying to be a bit more mindful of it.

Pattern:  Goldwing by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Gradient in Emeralds
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug - One Side Done

It didn't take me long to finish the rest of the first side, although I did take a break from this project to work on one of my other WIPs.  I have also done the pickup on the other side, and started another center panel for another shrug - this time another Charivari shrug.  On my first two shrugs - my Gazania Shrug that I gave to my sister Liz and the Watermelon Shrug that I made for Carol I used up all of my yarn by working short rows in garter stitch before joining.  I've been looking at those projects and thinking about resurrecting that practice.  When I made the Charivari Shrug for my sister Virginia I was using it to finalize the pattern and didn't want to do any of those kinds of improvisations, but I do like the look and it uses up all of the yarn.  It may even make them sit a little better when they are worn.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug - Two Stripes Done

And part of the third.  I spent a fair bit of the Labor Day Weekend reading and knitting, so this project saw a lot of progress.  I got so into the book that I was reading that I almost forgot that I had clues to prepare for The Unique Sheep Mystery Knit Along.  This is very meditative knitting.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug - One Stripe Done

First stripe done on my Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug.  I love the way that our perception of colors is changed by the colors we put next to them.  That is one of the attractions of these color block shrugs.  They are little lessons in color theory.

A funny thing happened this morning on Facebook.  Biscotte posted a picture of my Peacock Shrug, but it was the picture I took of the shrug before I had gone back and fixed the order of the blues on the first side.  Naturally it caused some confusion.  There was a comment of "What the..." in French.  I resurrected my old French language skills and I think I managed to respond in passable French - stating that it wasn't finished, and then I posted a picture of the blocking shrug in my response.  I haven't seen any reaction yet.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug - Center Panel Done



After finishing up the center panel of my Peacock Shrug I immediately cast on the center panel of my Twinkle, Twinkle Shrug and put the project bag in my work bag for my mindless at work project for document review, telecons and training.  I used the darkest skein of the set for the center panel.  It looks like a really dark blue in this picture, but it is actually a blue over yellow overdye job.
You can see the colors in this progress shot.


Thanks to document review and training I had made a lot of progress on the center panel and I finished it up last night while we watched a movie (A Most Wanted Man).  Now I have to think about the order of the colors.  I will be starting with the lightest yellow, but the order of the blues is still undecided.
I do like the energy of the bottom photo - ordering the blues the same way I did on the Peacock Shrug - but I'm still not 100% sure.  The nice thing about knitting - I can always change my mind.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Peacock Shrug - Finished!

I thought it would be fun and informative to give some before and after shots of my Peacock Shrug.  This is before blocking. You can see how scrunchy it is.  The measurements before blocking were 9 inches for the folded width and 42 inches for the length.  Here is a blocking shot.
The dimensions now are about 10 inches for the folded width and 57 inches for the length.  To block I simply laid it out without stretching excessively and gently patting out any distortions.  It relaxes substantially, but that is what gives it the drape when you wear it.  I finished up the knitting last knit - reversing the two blue stripes on the first side, and then did the finishing this morning.  It took me about 2 hours to do the kitchener stitch grafting, the three rounds of knitting around the opening and the bind off.  One thing I can say about these projects, I'm getting pretty good at kitchener stitch.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Peacock Shrug - Both Sides Done, But...

As I started on the blue stripes on the second half it occurred to me that it might look better if the darker blue were next to the orange instead of the lighter blue.  I had done about half a dozen rows of the lighter blue when this occurred to me, so I ripped back and worked the darker blue first and then the light blue.  The hue and intensity of the darker blue and the orange are similar, as are the lighter blue and the yellow-orange, so I think the colors balance better.  Now I will rip back the first side and reverse the blues.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Peacock Shrug - One Side Done

And half way through the second side.  After finishing up my test knit Saturday I spent the rest of the weekend working on my shrug.  I've given up the notion of finishing my third Camp Loopy Project.  The deadline is the day after tomorrow and there is no way I'm going to get there, and I'm not going to try.  Who needs self-imposed stress like that?  I stayed home from work today, feeling a bit like I was coming down with something.  After sleeping the morning away I've been enjoying reading and listening to the rain while I knit.  I wasn't sure about the colors when I finished the first side, but now that I've made such progress on the second things feel like they are coming together into a pleasing whole.


Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Peacock Shrug - Three Stripes Done

I finished up my test knit this morning, just need to block it, but last week I put it in time out because I kept making mistakes.  After I did an entire row with the wrong double decrease I just had to give it a rest and instead worked on my Peacock Shrug.  I even managed to make a mistake on this, simple as it is, not switching to the larger needle immediately after the increase row on the second stripe.  I did the exact same thing on the first stripe.  I don't think it really made much difference.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Peacock Shrug - One Stripe Done

Last Friday I left work early and came home and worked on my shrug and read.  I'm reading C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Series and was close to finishing a book.  They always get very exciting towards the last third.  I took this picture Saturday morning, but then spent the rest of the weekend working on my test knit and never got around to blogging about it.  I'm about half-way through the second stripe now.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Camp Loopy 2017 Project Three - Goldwing in Green

Having to completely restart my test knit I realized that I also needed to rethink my Camp Loopy Project Three plans.  I had planned on making a cardigan, but I had substituted a different yarn and new I would have to make modifications and just didn't feel like I could devote that much time and effort to the project so back I went to Ravelry to find an easier pattern to make.  I decided to look at Ambah O'Brien's shawls, knowing that they often used multiple skeins so I could more easily meet the yardage requirements, and she has been very prolific in recent years so I could find something published in 2015 or later (the requirements for the project).  I settled on her shawl Goldwing.  It has a simple construction and can be easily modified to use as much yarn as I need to in order to meet the yardage requirements.  For yarn I went with Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Gradient.  They have some lovely gradient yarn colors but I decided to go with something simple.  The color is Emeralds but for the title of my project I went with Goldwing in Green because I like the alliteration.  I'm working the first skein from light to dark and when I get to the middle and start the decreases I'll work the second skein from dark to light.  I went down a needle size from what is recommended in the pattern because my yarn is a little lighter weight than the one called for in the pattern.

Pattern:  Goldwing by Ambah O'Brien

Yarn:  Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Gradient in Emeralds
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Camp Loopy Project Two - Rainbow Vest - Finished!

I realized that I did not post finished pictures of my July Camp Loopy project.  This one I finished up on July 15, so easily done in time for the deadline.

Pattern:  Desert Arrows Vest by Jean Clement
Yarn:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Cloud Nine in Taste the Rainbow
Needle:  US 3 (3.25 mm)

Peacock Shrug - Center Panel Done

I finished up the central panel this past week and took a little break from my test knitting to start the first stripe.  I've done a few more rows since then, but am still on the first stripe.  This is my easy knitting project for when I'm too tired to work on lace, but I have to be careful.  Last night I actually nodded off while working on it and almost lost a stitch, and forgot to switch to the larger needle when I was supposed to.  I switched to the larger needle one row late but I don't really think it will make much difference.  It looks like Biscotte & Cie will be releasing the pattern soon.  They had a Facebook post of some photos from a professional photo shoot and I spotted the shrug I knit for them, but was perturbed to see the model wearing it as a scarf instead of a shrug.  I do hope they have some proper photos of it.  I sent them two photos of me modeling it when I sent the pattern.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Peacock Shrug - Center Panel Half-way Done

As I neared the completion of my Strawberry Shortcake Shrug I pulled out the Peacock Paintbox set and started the central panel.  I managed to get some knitting in at work and I'm over halfway done with the center panel. I've laid out the other colors in the order I'll be working them from left to right.  I hope my order of 4 more Paintbox sets gets here okay.  I've got two orders of the Gazania Paintbox set that have gone missing.  My original order was placed in June, and a replacement order was sent by Biscotte in July.  Neither have arrived.  I don't know what is going on with the mail system.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Shrug - Finished!

I finished up my shrug this past week.  I took Wednesday off so we could go shopping in town, and I had to take a break from my test knit because we discovered a mistake that required us to start over.  I'm very happy to have a shrug again, and Biscotte has released 7 new Paintbox sets (I have already ordered 4 of them).

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Shrug - Side Two - One Stripe Done

I've finished up one stripe on the second side and am about to start the stockinette section on the second stripe.  I came home on Friday to discover that I've been paid by Biscotte for the pattern and sample of this shrug pattern.  Hopefully it will be released soon.

I thought I would share how I secure the first side while I'm working on the second.  I knit the last row onto another, longer set of needles and then put a lock on those needles to keep the stitches from coming off.
This is what my stitch lock looks like.  It has a spring inside.  When you push down the holes from the two pieces line up and you can slide your needle through the hole.  I put the both needles through the holes facing the same direction.  Makes them a little easier to manage.  I slide it down to the cable, that way the increase in diameter of the needle keeps it from being pulled off accidentally.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Shrug - One Side Done

Oh well, so much for working on my test knit, but I was really enjoying the quiet of the morning and wanted to read, and this project is a perfect "knit and read" project.  When I work on lace I tend to have the television or radio on.  I'm reading the Foreigner series by C.J. Cherryh, one of my all time favorite science fiction authors.  She is an amazing world builder and I think the only author I have read that can really create convincing aliens.  The picture isn't the best as it is very overcast here - it may start raining again.  We had some wonderful thunderstorms last night.  I do love summer thunderstorms.  I just love this pattern so much, I may turn all of my Biscotte self-striping yarn into shrugs, and just figure out colors to go with them.  Biscotte seems to have expanded their line of semi-solid colors, and they've added speckled skeins, and you can get 50 gram skeins as well as 100 gram skeins, so there are lots of options opening up.  I've pulled out my Peacock Paintbox set and will start working the central panel on that one.  I'm going to stick it in my project bag that goes to work with me - it used to always have a sock project it in, now it is going to have a shrug central panel instead, for a while, at least.


Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Strawberry Shortcake Shrug - Three Stripes Done

I finished up two stripes this week, in between knitting clues on my test knit and last night I started the last stripe on this side.  But now I need to get back to my test knit.  I had a little set back on it yesterday when I realized that I had screwed up a section.  I tried to do lace surgery on it, but it was a pretty extensive area and I ended up tinking back several rows.  I will definitely suggest to folks they put a life line in before clue 3.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Shrug - One Stripe Done

I finished up the first stripe on my Strawberry Shortcake Shrug this afternoon and have done 3 rows of the second stripe.  I also finished up my Rainbow Vest yesterday, it is still blocking, and started on my test knit.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rainbow Vest - Camp Loopy 2017 Project Two - Making Progress

I decided to focus on this project this week and I'm happy to report that I'm making progress.  I've made it through the short rows.  This morning I pinned it to my dress maker dummy and spritzed it with water.  It was curling up on itself something fierce, which was just annoying my while I was knitting.  I decided to take advantage of the fact that it was pinned to snap a couple of quick pictures.
It is definitely behaving itself now.

Pattern:  Desert Arrows Vest by Jean Clement
Yarn:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Cloud Nine in Taste the Rainbow
Needle:  US 3 (3.25 mm)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rainbow Vest - Camp Loopy 2017 Project Two - A Slow Start

I will confess that I have been neglecting my Camp Loopy project.  I just have too many fun projects going on at once.  And I have a test knit that I have to get started on (I spent most of the morning prepping the charts for that one).  But I have been making progress - two repeats of the lace so far.  I'm not sure what is going on with my selection of crazy yarn and lace.  I did the same thing with the first Camp Loopy project (more out of necessity than choice).  I think this will turn out okay.  In both cases the lace pattern is simple, and I do like the colors.

Pattern:  Desert Arrows Vest by Jean Clement
Yarn:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Cloud Nine in Taste the Rainbow
Needle:  US 3 (3.25 mm)

Kimba - Making Progress

Now that I've finished up the sample knit for Biscotte I've been focusing on some of my other projects.  I haven't quite gotten to the point where I bring in the second color, but I am only 5 rows away.  I have been using the written instructions instead of the charts on this one, in part because the charts are rather garishly colored.  I understand the reason - showing when to change colors in the pattern, but the selections are just a bit too intense for my tastes.  Fortunately the stitch patterns are pretty easy to memorize.  I am going to have to do some modifications on the color switching because I probably don't have enough of color 2, and I would like to use up more of my colors 3 and 4, so I think I will add some rows.

Pattern:  Kimba by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20
Needles:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Strawberry Shortcake Shrug - Starting Over

I first started working on this shrug last December, but really struggled with the colors because I just couldn't find a self-striping yarn that went with these skeins.  Having now made 4 shrugs - the Charivari, Watermelon and Gazania shrugs, as well as the sample for Biscotte as part of the pattern write up - I no longer have one for myself.  The Charivari Shrug I made for my sister Virginia, the Watermelon Shrug I made for her business partner Carol, and the Gazania Shrug I gave to my sister Liz.  When I came back from Bead & Button shrug-less I knew that I had to get started making more for myself - it is just such a wonderful design and I love the colors.  I have 5 Paintbox kits in my stash - Watermelon, Charivari, Twinkle Twinkle, Peacock and this one, plus I have another Gazania on order.  I had decided during the trip that I would make color-block shrugs out of the ones that I couldn't find a self-striping skein for so I picked this one back up and started knitting away on the central panel with the darkest skein.  I'm making steady progress.  This is my mindless knit for watching TV I need to pay attention to, or when I want to read.
When I start with the ruffled edge strips I am going to start with the lightest skein (working the colors from left to right) to provide a better contrast with the central panel.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Rainbow Vest - Camp Loopy 2017 Project Two

Yesterday I finally got around to swatching for my second Camp Loopy 2017 project.  It took me a couple of tries to get it right.  The pattern called for a US 7 (4.5 mm) needle.  I started out working with a US 7, but quickly realized the resulting fabric was going to be way too loose, so I pulled it out and started over again with a US 6 (4 mm).  That didn't seem much better so I pulled that out and started again with a US 5 (3.75 mm).  I finished the swatch with the US 5 needles, and it seemed better, but I suspected it was still going to be too loose and when I blocked it my suspicions were confirmed, so I did another swatch on US 3 (3.25 mm) and that one was right on.  Hmm, and I am not a loose knitter.  Of course I did substitute a different yarn.

Pattern:  Desert Arrows Vest by Jean Clement
Yarn:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Cloud Nine in Taste the Rainbow
Needle:  US 3 (3.25 mm)

Kimba - Cast On

I've had this set of yarn sitting out for at lease a month.  I pulled the colors when I was re-organizing my stash by yarn weight.  All of the colors are from the Flavour of the Month Club that Zen Yarn Garden did with Woolgirl.  I loved Woolgirl's clubs.  I don't know what has happened to her.  Her website no longer appears to be active.  The colors are, from right to left, Lemon Meringue, Celery, Minty Tea and Candy Apple, and that is the order that I will be using them in.  This past Friday I finally caked up the Lemon Meringue and cast on.  I haven't gotten very far in the short row section, which at this point in the pattern is not really an apt description, as the rows are pretty long, but each row they get a little shorter.


Pattern:  Kimba by Ambah O'Brien
Yarn:  Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20
Needles:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Falling Leaves Shrug - Finished!


 
I finished up my Falling Leaves Shrug this week and finally got some beauty shots this afternoon.
Now I just have to finish writing up the pattern and release it!

Pattern:  Falling Leaves Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Verve in Verdandi
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Funky Skunks

I took some time off from knitting last week to do a little bead work.  It seemed appropriate as I had just returned from Bead & Button.  I have been accumulating kits of designs by my sister Virginia and decided it was about time that I started making them.  This is a design from 2012 and is called Funky Skunk.  The bottom one came in the kit, the top one is made from beads that I picked out at the same time as I acquired the kit.  They were in a little bag in the kit zip lock.  The design is pretty simple - a base of single needle right angle weave using size 11 and size 8 seed beads, topped with loops of small daggers.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Falling Leaves Shrug - Knitting Done (mostly)

I finished up the knitting and the shrug is blocking before I join the edges and then bind off the rest.  I used up all of my yarn and the remains of skein 6 from my Verdandi test knit.  I'll scale things back a little when I finish writing up the pattern, but also put in some instructions for adjusting the size.  Now I have to get back to my sample knit and pattern write up for Biscotte.

Pattern:  Falling Leaves Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Verve in Verdandi
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)