My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Knitting Update

I haven’t updated on my personal knitting here for a while, so here it is.

pour moi — I have the back done.

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The color is WAY off in the photo — it is a much prettier blue.

I also have the two front pieces done.

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Again, the color is not accurate. I will start knitting on a sleeve today.

I finished Clue 4 of the Outlander MKAL — linking to my project page in Ravelry because there are spoiler photos there. View at your own risk!

Stitch and Pitch!

The New York Mets and Metropolitan Hospitality will host its 8th Annual Stitch N’ Pitch event at the Mets/Nationals game on Sunday, September 14, at 1:10 p.m. However, those outside of the NYC area can also participate!

Stitch N’ Pitch will welcome hundreds of knitting and crochet enthusiasts to gather and stitch 7×9 inch squares to benefit Warm Up America, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes hand-knit afghans, caps and other items to a variety of social service agencies nationwide.

Fans outside of the New York area are encouraged to join in on the fun and participate by mailing pre-stitched yarn squares (7×9) to Citi Field, 120-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY, 11368, Attention: Carla Sanchez-Armora.

Lion Brand Yarn Company is the official sponsor of Stitch N’ Pitch and will supply yarn for the event though participants must bring their own plastic knitting needles or crochet hooks.

Meanwhile . . . 

And Loki is ready and willing to help me with chores today!

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Sock Architecture

I just received a review copy of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.

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This book is available as both an eBook and a printed book. It is $16.95 for the PDF version, $26.95 for the PDF and printed book, together, from Cooperative Press. Printed books will ship in a few weeks. If you just want the PDF and not the printed book and have a Ravelry account, you can buy it directly on Ravelry, here.

If you check out the Ravelry page I just linked to, you can read a very thorough description of the book and see photos of the 17 sock patterns in the book.

This is so much more than just a sock pattern book.

First off, it is beautifully written and a surprisingly fun read. The tone of the book is friendly, approachable, and humorous. One would not usually use those words to describe a book that not only is a treatise on sock techniques, but goes in-depth into the historical beginnings of sock knitting but they are totally warranted in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

Take a gander at the Table of Contents — this is the page that links to all the different heels and toes in this book.

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Impressive, no? There are both top-down and toe-up techniques, by the way.

There are lots of great photos in this book that document every step of the sock-knitting progress.

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And there are lots of charts! Charts for everything. For example, features in different heels:

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And with each of the 17 patterns, there is a chart for customizing the sizing of the pattern.

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Cool, huh?

This is a great book for any sock knitter. I will admit to being thoroughly sick and tired of socks but after reading through  Sock Architecture for this review, my interest is piqued again. It may be time for some sock experimentation! That’s how impressed I was with this book.

Who would like to be similarly impressed?

To be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of the eBook version of  Sock Architecture, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday September 3, 2014.  At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator select a comment and that comment will receive a free copy of this great book.

In other news, Loki took a nap last night after reviewing the new issue of Vogue Knitting (shown in the foreground, below).

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No doubt he is dreaming of handknits and how to shed on them.

Yes, Knitted Shoes

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My knitted shoes are done. To recap, I stumbled across a tutorial on how to knit your own shoes last month and couldn’t resist. I acquired a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and jumped in with both feet. (See what I did there?) I created paper templates for all the pieces that I had to […]

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Totes Adorbs

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I was just sent another new booklet from Annie’s Knitting: This is Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen. It is available for sale via that link in either hardcopy or electronic format. As the title of this blog post suggests, this book is totes adorbs! There are patterns for six complete outfits […]

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Knitted Shoes?

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As I mentioned in past blog posts, I happened across this tutorial for knitted shoes on Ravelry a little while ago. This is just the sort of project that appeals to me, so before I knew it, I had a new pair of Chuck Taylors and some sock yarn, ready to go. I purchased black […]

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