My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It Never Rains But It Pours

I have yet another book to review for you!

This is the latest in the “60 Quick Knits” collection from Sixth & Spring: 60 Quick Luxury Knits. All of the patterns (60 of them) in this book are knit from Cascade Yarn’s Venezia yarn, a 70/30 merino/silk blend that comes in both worsted and sport weights. While I have no personal experience with the Venezia yarn, I can see that it gets very good reviews on Ravelry. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is quite reasonably priced compared to other merino/silk blends.

You can view all the projests on Ravelry, here. There’s quite a nice range of items, including hats, collars, cowls, scarves, shawls, mitts, and more. There are patterns for colorwork, texture, cables, and lace. Definitely something for everyone.

A few of my favorite projects . . .

This adorable clutch:

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A lovely fair isle beret:

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And a cute cabled headband:

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This book is a great source of patterns for gifts that will be quick to knit but will not fail to impress the recipient.

The publisher has kindly offered a second copy of the book for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of  60 Quick Luxury Knitsplease leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random then.

Speaking of choosing winners at random, the winner of  A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace is Sue H., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Meanwhile

I needed a short-term project because I am still in-between Camp Loopy projects. So I am working on this:

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This is a diagonal garter stitch scarf being knit from Freia Fine Handpaints Sport Ombre in the “Grapevine” colorway, on a U.S. size 6 needle.

I love this yarn. I am using two skeins of it, and where one skein ends, the second skein picks up in exactly the same spot so there is no break in the gradient.

I will likely make this pattern available as a freebie once I am done. While I am knitting mine in sportweight wool, you could use pretty much any weight, and make it as wide as you like as well.

Loki

This is what Loki is usually doing after I get home from work in the afternoon.

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I have to wonder what he is up to all day while I am gone to get so tired?

Hip To Be Square

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about squares.

I’ve amassed an embarrassingly large amount of single skeins of a couple of different yarns for the express purpose of knitting squares, to be put together into a blanket, most likely.

So it was sort of serendipitous that I received this eBook the other day:

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This is A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace by Jill Bigelow-Suttell & Jane Bigelow. It is available in both electronic and hard copy here.

As the title suggests, this is a collection of patterns for 45 mitered squares. You can see most of the patterns on the books’ Ravelry page here.

The book contains more than just the patterns for the squares, though. There is a brief description of how a mitered square is created, some explanation on how to read charts, and very useful information on joining squares together: how to pick up and knit a new square onto an existing square in different ways to achieve different shapes. And there are instructions for creating left and right-leaning triangles, as well a top triangle. Finally, some information on stacking squares, moving in different directions to achieve different results.

The patterns for the squares are organized by type: color, texture, and lace. There is a large, clear full-page photo of each square:

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This is followed by a full page chart for the knitting of that square. (All of the patterns are charted, not written out.) Each square has notes explaining how to adapt it — for example, if it can be worked over any odd number of stitches, or if it needs to be worked in multiples of 4, etc.

After the patterns for the squares themselves there are a few patterns for items that can be made from mitered squares.

Frosty Sunrise is a wrap made from a couple of the lace squares in alternating colors.

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Harvest Celebration is a table runner (that could easily be converted into placemats) that combines squares with a border.

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Misty Valley is a simple vest design that demonstrates how stunning mitered squares can be incorporated into a garment.

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Aurora Night is an all-square vest: clever placement creates armhole and neck shaping.

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Once again, I’ve been authorized to host a give-away for a copy of this e-book. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of  A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. A winner will be chosen at random from the comments posted.

Speaking of winners, the winner of last week’s giveaway of Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith is Robin, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Meanwhile at home, I finished my Mighty Mini Scarf last Friday.

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And Loki is doing what he does best:

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Big Foot Knits

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I have in my possession a review copy of the e-book Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith. It is available in both e-book and hard copy — the link up there is to the book on Ravelry. You can also order either version from the publisher, Cooperative Press. The book contains twelve sock patterns for […]

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Endless Rainbow

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I finished my Endless Rainbow this past week: Knit from Shalimar Breathless in the Concord Grape and Fairy Dust colorways, I used a U.S. size 3 needle and knit 37 repeats. I took it to work to lay it out on the floor without kitty intervention: It’s nice and big and is going to be […]

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A Huge FO

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I have a huge FO to share with you today: Okay, maybe it’s not that big . . . A wee mouse, knit for one of Loki’s online pals. I used some Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Lucky colorway that was leftover from the T-Rex I knit a couple of months ago. It took […]

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