My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Cowl Girls II

Thanks for your good thoughts in the comments. I am improving after last weekend’s back issue and hope to soon be walking upright instead of resembling a question mark.

Check this out:

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This is Cowl Girls II by Cathy Carron, published this month by Sixth&Spring Books. It’s a pattern collection for . . . you guessed it . . . cowls.

You can review the projects on the book’s page on Ravelry.

Some favorites:

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This design is called Comfort Zone and it is made up of afghan squares. It would be a great way to use up leftovers, and you could achieve a lot of different looks depending on the colors used.

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“Winter Classic” is knit from super bulky yarn so is a very quick knit — perfect if you need a last-minute gift. Also a good way for a colorwork novice to practice skills.

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“Sweet Treats” combines two colors and two different stitch patterns: lace and cables.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of  Cowl Girls II please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

By the way, Cathy Carron’s first Cowl book came out 6 years ago: I reviewed it in September 2010!

Here is the little prince, worn out from a hard day of playing.

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The Plan

The plan for today’s blog post was that I was going to show you how I finished the body of the colorwork jacket with a photo of it steam-blocked and laid out carefully.

Well, yeah, that didn’t happen. I woke up this morning with some pretty serious new back pain. (New! Improved!) Being an expert at back pain, I can tell that this is not muscular but neurological, and I am hoping that something is being pinched temporarily. Emphasis on temporarily. And not something that broke off and is jammed into a nerve. I think it is the former rather than the latter, which is good, but blocking knitting is definitely not on the agenda.

Anyway, that’s all a long way of me saying that the photos are less than fabulous!

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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And a closeup of the top of the back.

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And I started a sleeve yesterday.

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And now I need to get back to my furry heating pad.

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The Colorwork Tube


Yes, I’m stil working along on my colorwork “tube.” It is indeed a tube — I’m working in the round and will cut the front steek later to make a cardigan/jacket. The steek is that column of stripes in the middle: That is a facing at the bottom. It will folded up and sewn to […]

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Autumn Bliss Collection


First things first, thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for an autographed copy of Remembering the Way by Greta Beekhuis. The winner is emcknits, who has been contacted via email. Next up . . . something new from Annie’s Craft Store. You may know of Annie’s site — they are not only knitting -related, […]

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A Good Read


I used to knit on my commute to and from work, but have not done so for that past few years. Instead, I read. I go through quite a few books each month and am always on the lookout for a new author. And I just found one, in a knitter I’ve known online, and […]

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