My current work in progress:

Merveille Du Jour, designed by Alice Starmore, knit from Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2-ply and 3-ply, using 3.0mm, 3.5mm, and 4.0mm needles.

Strathendrick and a Giveaway


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I finished Strathendrick Thursday evening. Here is a less artistically lit photo:

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The Strathendrick pattern is part of Kate Davies West Highland Way club and is worked in her own Milarrochy Tweed yarn. It is a very oversized sweater worked on 3.25mm needles, so this was a whole heckuva lot of knitting!

After completing Strathendrick, I finished up what I had been using as my commuter project. Remember my Mountain Peak Hat I knit earlier this year? I made the matching cowl!

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This is the Mountain Peak Cowl from designer Sandra C. I worked mine using one skein of Dream in Color Classy in the Grey Tabby colorway. The pattern calls for 250 yards of worsted wight yarn, and I used all but approximately 18 yards of the 250-yard skein.

Now for the Giveaway . . . 

Who’d like a free pattern for this lovely cowl? Sandra C and I are each offering 2 free copies of the Mountain Peak Cowl pattern to my readers . . . so that’s a total of 4 pattern we’ll bestow in this giveaway. To enter, leave a comment on this post by noon eastern time next Sunday, March 25, 2018, and include your Ravelry username in your comment. We’ll select 4 commenters at random to receive a free copy of the pattern. Thank you, Sandra C for offering up copies of your lovely pattern!

Meanwhile, here is Loki’s “I’m in Mommy’s lap and I am happy” face.

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Almost . . .

The winner of a copy of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is Laritza, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Meanwhile, I am coming down the homestretch on my Strathendrick.

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It is done apart from the bottom ribbing.

Here’s a closer view of the neckband:

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And of the shoulder seam:

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I did a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders, and worked it so the front and back were worked to the halfway point of the pattern repeat, so it flows nicely with no interruption in the pattern.

The bottom ribbing is going to take a while. You work the front and back separately to make a split ribbing. One thing I think should have been done in the pattern is to direct you to work one round of one color after doing the provisional cast-on at the bottom of the body, rather than jump right in and start the colorwork. Undoing a provisional cast-on on stranded colorwork is not fun.

Other than that, no problems. I’m looking forward to miles of twisted rib this week. At least I will be when Loki is not sitting in my lap!

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Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book

I recently received a review copy of this: This is Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine, which came out last month. It was first published in the late 1980s, and a second edition came out in 2002. This is the latest update. The 2002 edition was pretty great, […]

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Strathendrick Progress

I’m still knitting along on Strathendrick: Because the gauge is pretty fine, it’s slow going. But I am now into the armhole steeks! Not a huge amount of knitting left on the body — 5 or 6 more inches I think. I estimate I’ll finish this sweater to coincide with the weather getting warm enough […]

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60 Quick Knits for Beginners

I have a book review for you: This is 60 Quick Knits for Beginners: Easy Projects for New Knitters in 220 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns® by Sixth&Spring Books. This is the latest in their Quick Knit series and it is scheduled to be published on Tuesday March 6, 2018. As the title suggests, it contains […]

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