My current work in progress:

1. Sous Sous, designed by Norah Gaughan, knit from Rowan Calmer in the "474 Khaki" colorway on U.S. size 6 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

In Like a Lion

First of all, the winner of my review copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits: 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker is AK McKinnon, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

I took a bit of time off from knitting Sous Sous yesterday so I could knit March dresses for my bunny girls.

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The bunnies are in my office (where they are safe from Loki) so I’ll let them change into their March dresses tomorrow.

So I’m back to Sous Sous.

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This is the front, which I am knitting straight across instead of with the reverse dip in the front as the pattern directs.

It’s March 1, and March is definitely coming in like a lion — we have sleet/freezing rain/snow coming down today. I was out briefly this morning and Basil was quickly encased in ice!

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Loki is content to stay in where it is warm!

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Faux Taxidermy Knits

I have here a review copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits: 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker (David & Charles/F+W; $22.99; Available Now).

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If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be “quirky.” Given a paragraph, I would say that this is a collection of 15 patterns of anima-based knits. The patterns include both wearable items and home decor.

On the back cover, it states that this is a “tongue-in-cheek” collection, and that is for sure. Some of the patterns are brilliant. For example, the “tigerskin” rug is a masterpiece.

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I love (and laughed out loud at) the crocodile make-up bag.

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The hedgehog slippers are adorable.

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As are the bear coasters.

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Some of the patterns made me go “huh?’ Like the hanging pheasants:

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And the badger head, suitable for wall mounting.

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But I can imagine that these have their place — they are just not for me!

Who’d like my review copy of this cute, quirky book?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time Sunday, March 1, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Loki is a little concerned about all this taxidermy . . . see how anxious he looks?

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Sous Sous Progress

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It has been a very odd week, with way more snow than we usually have here in the Washington DC area. That coupled with other breaks in the normal routine means that I got the back of Sous sous done. I have just barely begun the front. And my little helper is on the job!

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New and Old

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I, of course, have something new on the needles since I completed my Chloe sweater last week. This is Sous Sous, designed by Norah Gaughan, an oversized pullover sweater designed for DK weight yarn. I am knitting mine from stash yarn — second project in a row for me using stash yarn. It’s another discontinued Rowan […]

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Noro Lace

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I have here a review copy of the newly published Noro Lace: 30 Exquisite Knits. As the title suggests, the book contains 30 patterns from a variety of designers. You can see all the designs on Ravelry, here. All the designs are made with Noro yarns, of course, and there are patterns include ones for hats, […]

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