My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Happy Easter

Loki thanks you all for your kind birthday wishes. He would also like to remind you that in Honor of his third birthday all of my patterns available for sale on Ravelry (including my new Nordic Scarf pattern) are 40% off their regular price through the end of April if you use the coupon code LOKI when you check out. The code can be used as many times as you like before May 1, 2014.

On the knitting front, my Matchmaker is progressing nicely — I am getting close to the point where I will join it into a circle.

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And other than that, here is our plan for the day:

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Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

Happy Birthday, Loki!

Today, April 16, is Loki’s birthday! He is three years old!

In honor of Loki’s birthday I am having a pattern sale: all of my patterns available for sale on Ravelry (including my new Nordic Scarf pattern) will be 40% off through the end of April if you use the coupon code LOKI when you check out. The code can be used as many times as you like before May 1, 2014. Tell your friends!

Book Giveaway Winner

Sheila, who has been emailed, is the winner of a copy of  Cute Crochet World, by Suzann Thompson. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Relaxing Knitting

Because I have done several picky or complex projects in a row, I figured it was time for some relaxing knitting. I wanted a nice mindless pattern that I could knit without thinking about it. I decided on Martina Behm’s Matchmaker.

I went into the stash room and selected two colorways of Wollmeise fingering weight that I thought would look good together: Bob and Mistelzweig. The pattern directs you to use a 2.5mm needle. I am using a 3.25mm needle for the simple reason that is is the smallest size in which Signature Needle Arts circular needles are made. Fortunately, I like the look of the fabric at this gauge.

And I’ve made some good progress on my Matchmaker:

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The pattern directs you to break off the colors at the end of each section. Rather, I am carrying it up the side by knitting the color not in use together with the color being used at the end of each even-numbered row.

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It makes a nice stretchy edge and eliminates the number of ends I need to weave in. In an item like this that is more or less reversible, I like not having a lot of ends to weave in.

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I now need to go play with the Birthday Boy. He has been resting up so he’ll be all set for an extended play session tonight!

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Cute

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I recently received a copy of a soon-to-be-published book (May 6, 2014), Cute Crochet World, by Suzann Thompson. This is a collection of crochet patterns for . . . a lot of cute stuff. I guess this falls under the definition of amigurumi (which I looked up in wikipedia): Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knittingor crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic […]

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Bang a Gong (Get It On)

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(Apologies to the late great Mark Bolan) What’s with the T-Rex song title? Because I finished my own little T-Rex! He is knit from Rebecca Danger’s Terrence the Tap Dancing T-Rex pattern. I used a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the “Lucky” colorway, on a U.S. size 2 needle. Just […]

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Twelve Years

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First things first, the winner of a copy of  Happy Feet by Cathy Carron is Jamie, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to enter the contest and of course to the always-generous Sixth and Spring Books for supplying the books for review and giveaway. It escaped my notice last week that my blog […]

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