My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Monochrome May

Happy May Day!

First things first, the winner of my review copy of Wee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell is Mary Beth Cavert, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the drawing. I have more review books coming so the book giveaways will continue!

I’ve spent the last few months working on projects that have been all about color. So it’s time for something completely different:

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This is the start of Alice Starmore’s Kinsale, a design from her 1992 book Fishermen’s Sweaters. I knit Kinsale once before, a good 10 years ago. This time I am using this yarn:

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Purchased from The Loopy Ewe, it’s natural colored organic cotton. I’m using a U.S. size 3 needle. The yarn is lovely and soft and the sweater is going to be very soft and comfy when done. My only issue is that the yarn is rather splitty. It’s comprised of 4 plies and you have to take care to grab all four plies when inserting the needle tip. Other than that, it is lovely to knit.

In Loki news, I bought him his own little kitty sofa:

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I follow Beth Stern on Instagram, and noted that she got this for her kitties. I figured what’s good enough for Beth & Howard Stern’s kitties is good enough for Loki! I found it on Amazon, but it is also available from Doctors Foster & Smith.

Wee Garter Stitch

Here is another cute book!

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This is Wee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell, a collection of 28 patterns for babies and toddlers that all feature garter stitch and that are all adorable!

The name Vickie Howell is probably familiar to you. Her bio:

Vickie Howell is a knit, crochet, and craft designer/evangelist with a penchant for DIY culture and social media marketing. Vickie is most well known as the former host and creative consultant of DIY Network & HGTV’s Knitty Gritty, her bestselling craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video, and social media. She’s the International Spokesperson & Creativity Guide for the largest North American yarn company, Yarnspirations, Yarn Arts Ambassador for Clover Needlearts, Inc, and she knits with viewers nationwide as the host and co-executive producer of PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell. She lives in Austin, TX.

This new book is due out in May, and the projects are already shown on Ravelry, here. There’s a little bit of everything: sweaters, footwear, hats, blankets, a dress and a pair of pants, among other things. Some of my favorites:

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Best Dress(ed) is a sweet sportweight colorwork dress. It’s worked from the top down in one piece.

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Paper Chain Garland: how clever is this? And easy too! A beginner knitter could use this to practice technique using odds and ends and end up with a cute nursery decoration.

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Snow Leopard Sweetie Bonnet: it doesn’t get much cuter than this! It’s knit in worsted weight yarn and the leopard spots are embroidered on afterwards.

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Horseplay Zebra Mat: this is so clever! A “zebra-skin” rug knit from bulky weight chenille incorporates short rows to make the stripes more realistic.

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The book also includes a very nice how-to section with large clear photos of techniques.

And with my review copy, they enclosed a set of Clover bamboo size 5 knitting needles, a size used for many of the projects in the book.

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Since I don’t have any little ones to knit for, I’ll offer my copy and the needles to one of you. Who’d like this adorable book?

To be entered in the drawing for  Wee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell, leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, May 1, at which time a comment will be chosen at random.

Martin Storey Afghan KAL

I  did finish my squares for the 6th square pattern before the 7th square pattern was released, so I am still caught up.

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For the 7th square, I’m not using the pattern provided. I decided to do something different. All will be revealed in the fullness of time!

Loki

Here is Loki right after he completed a full-on Thunder Kitty run!

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And in one of his favorite places:

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Again:

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Stained Glass Cowl and Other Things

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Loki thank you for the birthday wishes and he is delighted that so many of you have downloaded the Catnip Mouse pattern (free through the end of April with the code LOKI). He would also like all the kitties out there to know how much he loves his new Cat Ball. He highly recommends this: […]

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Happy Birthday Loki!

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Yesterday was Loki’s fifth birthday! In celebration, Loki would like you to have a free copy of my Nose-Up Catnip Mouse. Enter the code LOKI at check-out to get the pattern free of charge. The code is good through the end of the month. I got Loki a cat ball for his birthday and he […]

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Highland Knits

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Are you a fan of the Outlander series on Starz? Then you might like this book: This is Highland Knits, Knitwear Inspired by the Outlander Series by Interweave. It’s a collection of 16 patterns that, as the subtitle indicates, are inspire by the costumes in the series. You can view all the patterns here on […]

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