My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Lace Edge Cardi and a Giveaway

I finished up the knitting on my Lace Edge Cardi on Thursday, and my Friday night knitting in fron of the tv project consisted of the seaming and neckband. Ta-da!

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I used just under 4 skeins of Tempted Lovely Grrl yarn in a colorway that Stacy dyed to my specifications — a lovely milk chocolate. I knit this cardi with a US size 5 needle at a gauge of 6 stitches and 7.5 rows to the inch. I ave written up the pattern to fit 5 sizes — finished chest circumferences of 36, 40, 44, 48, and 52 inches. The pattern will be available very soon.

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I am extremely pleased with how this cardi turned out. It is soft and drapey, just the way I wanted it. I was originally going to do i-cord ties at the beginning of the v-neck, but changed my mind. I made the size 44″ for myself because I wanted it a bit oversized. If I want to fasten in closed, I will use a shawl pin. But if/when you make the pattern you cold do the i-cord ties or button loops if you want.

I of course started a new project, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Vampire Knits

On Friday I received a review copy of the new book Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting From Dusk Until Dawn by Genevieve Miller from my publisher, Potter Craft.

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Gotta tell you , I approached this book with a fair amount of skepticism. But I was very pleasantly surprised. The projects, all vampire-themed, are very cute and clever, and are in a wide range of experience levels. Both beginner and more experienced knitters will find things they can knit in here. And there is a great variety of things, ranging from very functional, like a lovely hoodie, to fun and quirky — bottle cozies for your vampire (and other) beverages.

There are 28 projects in all, including a very nice sweater suitable for a man, a child’s pullover, a gorgeous lace shrug, sexy lace mitts and cabled mittens, a hoodie, a cape, a pillow, bags, and more.

Here’s a few of my favorite projects. A cute hoodie:

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A sweet feminine capelet:

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A tote bag:

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And bottle cozies!

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The book is beautifully designed and has a Victorian feel to it. There are cute little side notes throughout that impart vampire lore, as well as a couple of quizzes and some very useful information on getting blood out of your clothing and yarn.

I was very tempted to keep the review copy to myself, but decided it would be much nicer to share.

Who wants my review copy? Here’s what you gotta do:

Leave a comment to this blog entry and tell me who your favorite movie or tv vampire is and tell me why. Leave a comment by 4:00pm eastern time Wednesday, September 29, and I will draw a winner at random from those who followed the directions properly. I’ll post the winning entry in my Wednesday blog post, ad at that time will tell you my favorite tv or movie vampire.

This has nothing to do with anything, but here is my 2004 Honda Civic’s odometer reading as of this morning:

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I bought this car new in February 2004. Proof that I don’t drive very much! 😉

And here is what Lucy has planned for today:

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It’s a dark rainy day, so that looks good to me. There is a Buffy marathon on tv, so I’m good to go!

Comments

  1. I like Wesley Snipes in Blade–all of them. He’s sort of a hybrid, and the true vampires call him “Day Walker”, but he’s a vamp. A friend of mine on the internet made the moulds for the guns and other weapons Blade used. I like how he wears sunglasses, and I think he’s got a really nice body.

  2. Just in the knick of time — I returned from hubby’s high school reunion where my FO, a wrap from Nature’s Wrapture was a hit. But I am glad I didn’t miss the chance to put my name in the drawing! Jo

  3. Mr Barlow from the mini-series “Salem’s Lot”! Very creepy fellow!

  4. Since you limited it to movie or TV vamps I’d have to say Drusilla from Buffy. Why, because she is gorgeous, always impeccably dressed, blood-thirsty, completely insane, and extraordinarily self-involved. She always has the male vamps falling all over her or cringing in terror. I found her far more frightening than the male vamps who all seemed to be preoccupied with, or hung up on, love issues. In short, she is fun to watch, although I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley. If you had asked about book vamps I would have chosen Edward from Twilight.

  5. Dracula! in the movie Dracula of Bram Stoker (not sure about the spelling) but the end of the movie makes me cry every time!
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..Des bébés dragons! =-.

  6. Edward Cullen is my favorite. He’s so conflicted – should he give in to his true nature or be a “vegetarian.” Yum.

  7. I have always loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her brooding love Angel. But my current “obsession” is the Twilight series. Currently waiting for the 2nd movie in the mail and finally watched the first one this past weekend. I’ve read all the books and loved them.
    .-= Alayna´s last blog ..Rodeo Boys and Beer Pong =-.

  8. muveknitter says:

    favorite movie vampire is edward from the twilight series because he seems to say just the right thing 🙂 lovely cardigan,

  9. Vampires generally have seemed more creepy than attractive to me but I must confess Frank Langella as Dracula had me all hot and bothered back in my youth.

  10. Lovely cardi Wendy. I’m old school when it comes to vampires – my favourite was the Barnabas Collins from the original super-camp melodrama Dark Shadows TV show.

  11. P.S. of course the reason why Barnabas Collins is my favourite vampire is because of his goofy accent and super-cheeseball over-the-top campiness. Check out this if you need an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk9XIq8Ud2I

    Thanks
    Trish

  12. I’m torn between the vampires of the Anne Rice novels and True Blood…but I have to say Spike from Buffy is just the best. Snarky and sexy!

  13. Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows! Oh my, it’s was all the rage to come home from school and watch Dark Shadows! Very naughty! It was campy and forbidden!
    Wendy, Ive looked at the book and I love the patterns! Thank you for sharing:)

  14. My favorite vampire? Spike, without a doubt!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..6720 to go =-.

  15. I would have to say Angel or Spike from Buffy.

  16. Wow love your cardi! Looks like the perfect thing to wrap up in… :). Can’t wait to see the new vampire knitting book! What fun!

  17. First of all, your lace edge cardy is really pretty 🙂

    As for the favourite vampire, looks like Eric from True Blood has a lot of fans!!! However, I’d choose Edward from the Twilight Saga (although it’s from a Movie, not TV). I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m just really into love stories. To me, he’s like the perfect gentleman!!!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..My First Pair of Platform Heels =-.

  18. Dracula is and always been my favorite (the

    Bella lugosi’s dracula has always been my favorite vampire he was the first one i encountered and he scared my out of my skin he still does he is what a vampire is supposed to be

  19. I love that caplet! At the moment I just can’t go past Vampire Bill from True Blood – though Eric’s maker was very heart wrenching too!
    .-= Cath´s last blog ..Blue Funk =-.

  20. I love your cardi. It is beautiful.
    My favorite TV vampire is Mitchell from Being Human because he tries to do the right thing and it is obivously very hard for him.
    My favorite movie vampires is the whole family from Near Dark. Because I think that if vampires were actually real. This is how they would live.

  21. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved The Count from Sesame Street. I just love his laugh “Ah ah ah ah ah!”. That being said, I will always have a soft spot for “bad boys” I feel I can redeem, so my current favorite would be Damen of Vampire Diaries.

  22. I’m going to go way old school and say Nosferatu. Definitely the creepiest!

  23. I would love to win this book! My budget right now does not allow for many book purchases, and I’ve had my eye on it for a while. Fortunately, in better times I was able to build up quite a stash of yarn– then again, if I hadn’t built up so much stash I’d not have run low on money as quickly. Anyway, I love your blog and I’d love to win this book. And even if I don’t, it’s very generous of you to offer it.

  24. PS– My favorite TV vampire at the moment is Pam from True Blood. Pure devotion to Eric, sarcastic sense of humor– love her!

  25. Dana Meadows says:

    My favorite vampire would have to be Lestat , well, because he is just so cool…he definately rolled with the times. I did enjoy all of the twilight books, but i feel the books , ann rices and the twilight ones are better than the movies. i did like edward tho in the movie.
    i think the book would be awesome!

  26. Vampire has to be Eric from True Blood – come on now, how about werewolves from True Blood….

  27. Bridgette W. says:

    Oh, I’d love the Vampire Knits book. My favorite vampire from tv is Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries. He’s definitely a hottie and I just love a bad boy who is secretly good at heart. From movies it would be Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga as I this he is really cute and I like the old world manners. It’s so hard to pick as I love them all lol, and Eric Northman from True Blood is way up there along with Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  28. Wonderful hoodie pattern! George Hamilton (Love a First Bite) as Dracula. He gave the character such personality! Great old movie!

  29. Linda G Howell says:

    Eric & Bill from True Blood are my favorite vamps! Lucy will keep you safe.

  30. My favorite vampire movie is “Shadow of a Vampire” w/ John Malkovich, and I would love to knit a little vampire-themed item.
    Love your blog.
    .-= ellen´s last blog ..A Gold Medal for Me =-.

  31. Pat Whatley says:

    Happy Fall!

  32. Another one for Amylin from the “Buffy” movie. Best protracted death scene ever!

    Second would be Spike from the TV “Buffy.” My favorite Spike line is his response to Buffy’s asking him what he’s doing, then ordering him to tell her in five words instead of his inevitable long-winded diatribe.

    As he counts words on his fingers, “Out for a walk…..bitch.”

  33. I guess I don’t either…drive much, that is. My 2003 Jeep Liberty (which I purchased new off the lot) only has 19,562 miles.