My current work in progress:

1. Boxy, designed by Joji Locatelli, knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the "Polar Sea" colorway on U.S. size 4 needles.
2. Lavena, designed by Christiane Burkhard, knit from Kauni Wool 8/2 in the ""EK" and "CC" colorways on U.S. size 3 and 4 needles.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Warm Days, Cool Knits

I have in my hands a review copy of this lovely book:

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This is Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season by Corrina Ferguson (Interweave/F+W; $24.99) and it is available now from Interweave  (linked from the title, above) and wherever knitting books are sold.

As the title suggests, there are patterns for warmer climates and seasons. As a middle-aged woman with little ability to regulate body temperature, I welcome these designs! You can view all 20 patterns here on Ravelry.

This pattern collection is a nice mix of cardigans, short-sleeve pullovers, tanks, wraps, a hat, and a pair of socks. My favorites:

First of all, the cover design, Leora Tank. It is made from Shibui Knits Linen, a lovely fingering weight linen yarn (and I happen to have some in dark blue in my stash). This design features a sweet lace insert on the sides:

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The pattern is written for 5 sizes, from 35″ to 51″.

Nest up, the Denford Cardigan:

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I am a sucker for cables and latticework and this design fits the bill nicely. It is knit from DK weight yarn — you could use wool for a warmer outwear sweater, or a cotton blend for a lighter option. It’s written for 4 sizes, 36″ to 60″.

And how clever is this? Zolena is a pullover/cowl set.

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Knit in sportweight for the body and fingering weight for the cuffs and cowl, you could use wool or cotton or bamboo or . . . any other sportweight fiber or blend of fibers. You can make a cotton sweater and trim with wool. For cooler days, wear the warm cowl. On warmer days, leave it off. This pattern is also in a nice range of sizes: 5 sizes from 34.25″ — 50.25″.

And I love the Wiley Wrap!

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It’s an interesting shape — 5/8th of a circle. And fairly simple to knit. It is shown worked in two color stripes, but you could certainly work it in a solid color as well. It is worked from fingering weight yarn so that gives you a wide variety of yarns to choose from.

This is a great collection for women of a certain age (like em) who have trouble regulating body temperature, anyone who lives in a warm climate, or heck, anybody — knit in wool and wool blends, these knits would be great in colder climes!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to receive my copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 5, 2015. I’ll pick a winner at random at that time.

We have a holiday weekend coming up! My bunny girls are ready:

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And today is July 1: that means I can start knitting my Camp Loopy project #2 tonight. My yarn is ready to go:

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I am making Lavena, a lovely wrap pattern designed by Christiane Burkhard. I am using Kauni yarns: 8/2 Effektgarn in colorway “EK,” the gradient greens, and 8/2 solid in colorway “CC,” black. I think this is going to be a very fun knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is striking amusing poses to entertain me:

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Sunday Afternoon Update

The winner of a copy of the eBook Color Wheel Knits by Veera Välimäki is GretchenG, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’ll have another book review and giveaway on Wednesday, so please come back then!

I’ve been working along on my various projects. My non-public project is done, so I’ve been working more on Boxy.

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I’ve also got the Bunny Girls’ July dresses read for them.

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I have my yarn for my Camp Loopy July project.

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And Loki is primping for the week to come.

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Color Wheel Knits

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Because I am working on a non-public project most of the time, with just a row done on Boxy here and there, today I’ll show you a book instead of my progress. This is Color Wheel Knits by  Veera Välimäki, the designer behind the hugely popular Color Affection Shawl. (I may be one of the few […]

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Summer Solstice

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Happy Solstice! Me, I’m looking forward to the Autumnal Equinox. Not a fan of hot weather. In my last blog post I erroneously referred to the piece I was knitting as the back of Boxy. It is actually the front. And it is done: It’s hanging off the sides of the table in that photo. […]

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Angelina Complete

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Check out this very clever graphic. you may need to click on it to enlarge it to 100% in size. Then scroll down and enjoy. This was provided to me courtesy of ClippersIreland.ie. Angelina As the title of this blog post suggests, I did finish my Angelina Cardigan. My Camp Loopy Project for June 2015, […]

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