My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

It’s a Franken-Scarf!

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My new work in progress: a scarf I am knitting from my Opal Advent Calendar and my Koigu Advent Calendar.

The Opal calendar has much larger skeins (63 meters each) and the Koigu calendar has wee 10 meter skeins. So the wide stripes are Opal, the narrow ones Koigu. I’m not worrying about colors — I am just pulling them out of the calendar each day and letting the stripes fall where they may.

The pattern is just a simple stitch pattern — 12 stitches per repeat. I am using a U.S. size 3 needle. When I posted a photo of my project on Instagram, it was pointed out to me that there is a free scarf pattern on Ravelry using this stitch: the Zick Zack Scarf. That pattern has you change colors every two rows for a more consistent look — very reminiscent of a Missoni scarf.

Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Nicky Epstein Enchanted Knits for Dolls: 25 Mystical, Magical Costumes for 18-Inch Dolls is Jen R., who has been emailed.

Loki

Loki is busy being fabulous!

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All Stealth Knitting Makes for a Dull Blog

And that’s what I’ve been up to lately: all stealth knitting, all the time.

But that is coming to an end in a couple of days,and I am pleased to report that the second article about my creative process for my colorwork jacket is available for your reading pleasure over at Mason-Dixon Knitting. (In case you missed it, read Part One here.)

And I have a book for review/giveaway. This is one I’ve had for a while and it slipped through the cracks.

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This is Nicky Epstein Enchanted Knits for Dolls: 25 Mystical, Magical Costumes for 18-Inch Dolls by, not surprisingly, Nicky Epstein.

You can view all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

Now, I don’t very often knit doll clothes, and I haven’t knit any of these patterns, so you can take my review with a grain of salt.

I read the reviews of this book on Amazon (linked from the title, above) and they were mixed. Mostly positive, but some people said the patterns were confusing. Looking on Ravelry, I don’t see many projects knit from the patterns, so it’s hard to get a feel for the patterns. It’s possible the negative reviews are because these are not beginner knits. They are small fiddly pieces with, in a lot of cases, a good deal of finishing work required.

What I can say is that the patterns are adorable! Some of my favorites:

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Madame Vampire is knit from light fingering weight yarn held double. There are a lot of fine details in this outfit — sequins edging the front of the dress, a detachable collar. And there are instructions for creating the little crown.

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The Whimsical Witch is knit from sock yarn, and uses a self-striping yarn for the skirt. There are even directions included for knitting little witchy shoes!

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Gnome Girl is knit from sport weight cotton. You can see the level of detail here in the little vest and embroidered decorations.

I think this is a wonderful book for a relatively experienced knitter who has special little ones to knit for. Any child who has American Girl or similar dolls would be over the moon to receive one of these amazing outfits.

There’s still time to knit one as a holiday gift. So who’d like my review copy?

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time Sunday, December 4 and I will chose a winner at random.

Loki is contemplating a magical outfit.

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Urban Knit Collection

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Today, I want to talk about this book: This is Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe by Kyle Kunnecke, published by Interweave. My one-word review of this book: Wow! There are 18 patterns, and as the title says, they are city-inspired: inspired by architecture, ironwork details, art deco theater details. You […]

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Perfection or the Lack Thereof

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In my last blog post I showed a photo of my 21 Colors Slouch hat. This prompted a comment about the undesirability of having to weave in all those ends and was there a better way to knit it. The answer is well, no. If you don’t want to have to weave in ends, you don’t […]

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WIPs This Week

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The winner of my review copy of60 Quick Knits for Little Kids is Gina in the SF Bay Area, who has been emailed. I total for got to mention in my last blog post the first in a series of articles I’ve written for Mason-Dixon Knitting: check it out here! I made a lot of knitting progress […]

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