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.

Easy!

First off, the winner of a free copy of 60 Quick Luxury Knits is Carin Glick. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Second, I finished my easy diagonal scarf.

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I knit to use up all the yarn, saving a bit to add some fringe at the bottom.

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I taught a colleague how to knit last week, and designed this pattern to be her first project. Since I was writing it up for her, I thought I’d make it available for download on Ravelry as a freebie. So here it is!

Third, it looks like Basil found a little friend!

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And fourth, Loki is waiting to “help” me with chores, so off I go!

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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

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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: This is A […]

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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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