My current work in progress:

1. Boxy, designed by Joji Locatelli, knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the "Polar Sea" colorway on U.S. size 4 needles.
2. The Joker and the Thief, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from a Sunshine Yarns kit in the "Bag of Limes" colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Baby Brights

I have another cute book here for review:

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This is Baby Brights by Kathleen McCafferty, and it is a collection of crocheted accessory patterns for little ones.

While I don’t crochet, I thought this was a particularly cute book so wanted a review copy.

There is a good “getting started” section at the front of the book that includes nice, clearly-illustrated instructions for the crochet stitches you need to know to make the projects. The projects are divided into seven sections, and I’ve picked my favorite from each section to show you.

From “Rattlers and Teethers” check out these fish rattles:

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One or two of those would make great baby gifts that you could whip out quickly, and you could use bits of leftover yarn to make them.

In the “Bath Time” section I loved the Owl Hooded Towels:

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In “Hats” this cheerful Pom Pom Hat caught my eye:

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From the “Booties” section, I love the High Country Booties:

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Another great gift project that uses small scraps.

My favorite from “Toys” is this adorable lion:

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And from “Nursery” a great mobile:

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I think that even I, with my limited crochet skills, could manage that.

And last of all, from “Blankets” I love the Wavy Stripes Blanket

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This book is a great resource if you have little ones, or know a lot of people with babies or son-to-be babies. I think you could make up some very sweet gifts just using leftover bits of yarn.

The publisher, Lark Crafts, has offered up a copy as a giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the giveaway for  Baby Brights by Kathleen McCafferty, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, May 10, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, I am knitting along on my shawl:

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And Loki is working on his napping.

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New Knits

I’ve set my Boxy to one side temporarily because I want to give Jennifer a chance to catch up to me a bit in our mini-KAL. Since I won’t be wanting to wear it until well into next winter, I’m in no hurry to finish it. This is definitely a process knit.

So I started something new.

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This is The Joker and the Thief — a new shawl design by Melanie Berg. I am knitting mine from a Sunshine Yarns kit in one of the many color choices put together for this shawl. It was no contest for me: I picked option #13, which has a main color of Charcoal, and the “Bag of Limes” gradient set.

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The shawl is a very fun knit. There is nothing terribly difficult about it — even the “Indian Cross-stitch” which looks complex is actually quite easy to execute.

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It is a very entertaining knit, even though it is quite easy, because you keep switching between the two different stitch pattern sections and work in a progression of gradients. I do love a gradient!

In other news, the last clue of the Outlander MKAL shawl was delivered yesterday so I finished my shawl. No spoiler pix here, but you can see my finished shawl on my Ravelry project page.

And as always, Loki supervises everything I do.

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A Quick Update

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It’s been a busy week, so I don’t have time nor energy for a “real” blog post. So just a couple of updates. My Boxy is growing. I got 150 rows done on the front of Boxy with one skein of Handmaiden Mini Maiden. Love high yardage skeins! My photo does not accurately show the […]

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Boxy Progress

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First of all, the winner of the Defarge Does Shakespeare eBook  is Leslie in MA, who has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! I’ve made some good progress on Boxy this week. And I finally have a photo that shows the color pretty accurately. The Handmaiden Mini Maiden makes the most gorgeous knitted fabric. […]

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Defarge Does Shakespeare

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I’ve got another fun book to review: Defarge Does Shakespeare, edited by Heather Ordover. That link takes you to the paperback version on Amazon.com, but it is also available as an ebook that you can purchase via Ravelry, here. This is the latest in the “Defarge” series of knitting compilations, the third compilation on the […]

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