My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Seed Stitch

The winner of my review copy of  Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits is Christel, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Today I have another lovely book for review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale. This is seed stitch like you have never seen before.

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The author has definitely gone above and beyond what I think of when I usually think of seed stitch. She has incorporated it into colorwork, mixed it up with cables, and has created an array of lovely patterns. In addition to the patterns, the book contains a stitch dictionary with 60 swatches.

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There are also illustrated “how-tos” for techniques used in the book.

The patterns in the book are shown on Ravelry, here.

Some of my favorite patterns:

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The Baby Boy’s Cardi is a nice combination of stripes and texture and is worked from sportweight wool.

Mini Diamonds Pillow:

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I love diamond patterns! This pillow is stranded colorwork and would be a pretty quick project because it is knit from super bulky yarn. Wouldn’t it make a great housewarming gift for someone?

Moss Stitch Cowl

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Worked in worsted weight, it is a thing of minimalist beauty. It would be wonderful worked in luxury fibers!

And this is the Zigzag Poncho:

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This is my favorite project from the book: I love the combination of different stitch panels.

The publisher has generously offered up a second copy as a giveaway here. Who would like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Sunday September 24, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

Here is one of Loki’s and my favorite things to do: knitting in our jammies first thing Saturday morning!

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Unobtainables

I got an interesting book to review in the mail this week:

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This is Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits by Allison Sarnoff & Heatherly Walker. The book contains 25 patterns that were inspired by fictional chemical elements.

The table of contents is a periodic table of the fictional chemical elements:

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Note that they are nicely color-coded to identify projects that are lace, texture, beaded, colorwork, or cabled.

You can view all 25 patterns here on Ravelry. The majority of the patterns are for socks, but there are also fingerless mitts/wristwarmers, shawls and scarves, and a cowl.

Some of my favorites:

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This is Uru — socks worked from fingering weight yarn (the yarn used for the same is The Periwinkle Sheep Sock Dream). Uru was the element used to create Thor’s hammer ,so i can only imagine that these socks will wear like iron!

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Trinium is a pretty cabled cowl, worked from String Theory Caper Sock fingering weight yarn. The element trinium is an incredibly strong and lightweight alloy.

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Adamantium is a pattern for some nicely cabled fingerless mitts, and it is also the metal alloy that coats Wolverine’s skeleton. These mitts are worked from Indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock yarn.

The majority of the designs in the book are knit with fingering weight yarn (one is in laceweight and one in sportweight). The patterns are clearly written and charts are nice and big.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Wednesday September 20, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

In other news, Loki made a new friend.

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Moth Continues

I’m nearing completion of the first half of my Moth Cardigan. I ought to be able to finish the piece tonight. It’s kind of hard to picture it from that photo, isn’t it? It’s the right side of the cardigan, and the enter front is the long straight edge at the left of the photo. […]

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Moth Cardigan

Here is my progress for the week on my Moth Cardigan. It’s an odd construction: you knit each side separately and join the center back seam. It’s a bit of a leap of faith to knit as I can’t figure out too far in advance what’s going on. It’s a new pattern as well, with […]

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Yakity-yak

I finished my top secret stealth project, so can now start knitting purely for fun. So here we go! This is a cardigan called Moth, designed by Amy Christoffers. Kind of a loose “cocoon” kind of shape. I’m using a very cool yarn! This is Rowan Softyak DK in the “Plain” colorway. It’s 76% cotton, […]

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