My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Corrugated Shawl

This past week, I started a project from Mason-Dixon Knitting’s newest field guide (#5) Sequences: the Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro.

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The piece is obviously not blocked. I am using the yarn called for in the pattern: Crave Caravan, which is a glorious mix of merino wool, cashmere, camel, and mulberry silk. It’s sportweight, with 354 yards per 100 gram skein. I’m using the Tilly colorway, a lovely chocolate brown, purchased from the Mason-Dixon Shop. I had a hard time choosing a color — the natural is beautiful, but I really wanted something darker but still neutral. I was a bit concerned that the stitch texture would not show up well on a darker yarn, but happily that is not a problem. The texture shows beautifully.

The photo above is washed out and does not show the true color. This is closer to reality:

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This pattern is addictive. It’s a sampler of 16 different texture patterns separated by stockinette and reverse stockinette spacers. I have just used up my first skein of yarn (it takes 4 skeins) and I am slightly more than 25% done, so it’s nice to know I’m right on track with my yarn usage.

The stitch patterns are simple, so it’s an easy knit. But it’s also a fun knit. The yarn is gorgeous and the texture of the stitch patterns show off the yarn to its best advantage. This will be a lovely warm wrap when completed.

Here is the Little Prince, ready to allow his subjects to approach and offer chin scritches.

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Now if you will excuse me, I need to get back to my knitting and binge-watch something on television.

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The winner of a copy of Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns is “Yooper in Mississippi” who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment and to Interweave for supplying my review copy and a second copy for the giveaway.

I have had an up-tick in knitting progress  this week. I finished my Land of Sweets Cowl.

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I used miniskeins from three different dyers, all purchased via Etsy.

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I had enough yarn over to knit a hat:

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I did not use a pattern — I just cast on 104 stitces, worked k2 p2 ribbing for 8 rounds, then worked in stripes of color in the same order I used them in my cowl — 3 rows per color. When the hat was 8″ from the cast-on edge, I did crown decreases. I popped a vegan fur pom pom on top and there you have it!

Then yesterday I saw Martina’s new handwarmer pattern, Tough & Toasty. While watching television last night I whipped out a one:

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The palm:

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And then I knit the second one:

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It is a very fast knit, and a very fun one, too/ The construction is genius! I used a skein of Buachaille in the “Haar” colorway and a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle.

So my needles have been a blur lately! Loki has retreated to his tote to stay out of the way of flying needles!

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Plum Dandi Knits

I have a lovely book to review today. This: This is Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, published by Interweave with a release date of November 30 — tomorrow. It’s a collection of 23 lovely patterns for sweaters and accessories. Some of my favorites: Keene (by Alicia Plummer) […]

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Betty Mouat Cowl

After the long slog of knitting a cardigan, I wanted a “palate cleanser” — a quick knit for more or less immediate gratification. Last week I whipped out a cowl. This is based on Kate Davies pattern, the Betty Mouat Cowl. Instead of working two “sides” and grafting them together, I simply worked one long […]

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Veronika

I am pleased to report that I have finished my Veronika Cardigan. It’s a cocoon-style cardi, so not that easy to photograph successfully, but hopefully you get the idea. Veronika is a pattern by Shannon Cook, and it’s a very well-written pattern, easy to follow. I used the same yarn as the designer: YOTH Daughter. […]

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