My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.


On Thursday I finished the sweet little baby dress I showed a couple of blog posts ago.

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Isn’t it sweet? The pattern is the Muti Dress, from Taiga Hilliard Designs. The yarn is KnitPicks Comfy Fingering in the “Flamingo” colorway. I used about 1.75 skeins.

A close-up of the little bodice:

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And the back — it is fastened with a single button at the back neck.

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The lace pattern around the hem mirrors the pattern on the bodice.

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This was a very fun project. The pattern was well-written and easy to follow. It is written in a wide range of sizes, too. I can file it away for future reference, should I have the need to knit a gift for another baby girl.

Have a great Sunday, everyone. Here is our plan for the day:

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Slightly Different

Today I have a slightly different type of book to review — I guess you could call it a history book:

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This is
Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader, published by the University of Chicago Press. On right now it is the number one book under History / Military / Uniforms.

So yeah, history!

It is basically the history of “knitted comforts” for soldiers and covers three centuries, up to modern times and the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When you think of “knitting for the troops” the first thing that springs to mind is (at least for me) socks, followed by hats/balaclavas and scarves. This book covers all sorts of knitted items that have been produced over the years by different  nations involved in wars and skirmishes over the years.

The book is filled with a lot of great photos and facsimiles of old posters, leaflets, patterns, and other items. Here is a great photo of World War I soldiers knitting in hospital:

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The book also contains patterns to knit facsimiles of some of these knitted comforts. and some contemporary photos of the items in use. I love this dapper fellow decked out in his Crimean War regalia:

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And there are lots and lots of interesting odds and ends — facsimiles of old patterns and even songs about wartime knitting!

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It’s a fascinating read. Who’d like to read it next?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader,, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 23, 2016. I’ll once again prevail upon Loki’s good will to draw a winner.

He’s resting up.

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And Now For Something New!


Loki has spoken! He has chosen Karla Wigley as the lucky recipient of my review copy of Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein. I’ve got a stack of books still left to review, so be sure to come back for more chances to win for great books! On Friday night I finished this […]

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Creature Feature


I have another book to review: This is Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein, It has patterns for 29 adorable creatures, and each one starts with a knitted square. Add some further knitted pieces and embellishments and you have some really charming toys! You can preview all these cuties on Ravelry, […]

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Weekend Summed Up


The winner of my review copy of The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More by Interweave Editors is Rosemary, who has been notified via email. Here in the U.S. we are on Day Two of a three-day weekend, and I can sum up my weekend with one photo: I am knitting the […]

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