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*berk*

Proof that I have made progress on my Aidez sweater. Not likely I’ll have it finished by MD sheep and wool, but I can certainly try…

You can see I modified the back by omitting the large trellis cable. I knit both front pieces at the same time on one long circular needle so they ended up the same length. I plan to do the same with the sleeves.

And here’s a goofy self-portrait-bathroom-action-shot of me modeling the Mini-Mon shawl to give you an idea of the finished size. Klasse, stimmt?

This weekend we watched Exit through the gift shop which is a film about graffiti/street artists.  I was totally enthralled by this film, despite rumors that the documentary was a hoax by Banksy et al. to show what can happen when “street art” becomes “art sans the street” — commercialized and sold to the highest bidder. Whether documentary or fiction, this film is an entertaining behind-the-scenes look at street art and its creators.

In the mid-90s, I became obsessed with Monsieur A graffiti. I spent many hours each weekend wandering through Paris, camera in hand, taking photos of any Monsieur A graffiti I could find.  It became very addictive.  You never knew where a smiling stick figure would pop up.  Back then I didn’t know this character had a name so I christened him Berk. Seemed fitting to me.

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My test knit is complete! Ain’t it pretty??

Pattern: Monongahela mini-shawlette (not available to the public just yet)
Designer: Gabrielle Marsden (gobbism on Ravelry)
Yarn: Used about 243yds / 57g fingering weight superwash sock yarn (100% merino)
Gauge: approx 4 sts = 1″ using size 5 US (3.75 mm) needles
Blocked dimensions: From center neck to edge point: approx 11”
Width from one edge to the other: approx 30”

My mini-shawlette has 4 lacebands and starts off with 12 pattern repeats.

There’s nothing better than a design that uses less than one skein of 100g sock yarn. Perfect for those impulse sock yarn purchases! I blocked this sucker to within an inch of its life, and it looks like it will be a really nice sized shoulder shawlette.

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My pal Gabrielle from knitting group designed a lovely shawl called Monongahela and put out a call for test knitters. I happily signed up and I’m well on my way to a new shawl.

Try to ignore those green and blue pieces of yarn- they’re my lifelines. Better safe than sorry.  I’m about ready to start Laceband Two. So far so good!

The yarn is leftover from a design I did last summer for Shannon Okey’s forthcoming series of books “Fresh Designs”. There will be 10? books in all, each focusing on different types of projects: sweaters, hats, mittens, baby, toys, home, etc. My design will be featured in the home book. Shannon put together a preview slideshow of some designs from the first few books. And now I want to knit the cabled zipper cardigan by Rock & Purl for Markus. Ahem, or maybe for me.

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