But first . . .
A book review.
This is The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn by Lorna Miser, the founder of Lorna’s Laces yarn. Publication date is November 16, 2010.
The book starts out with a look at different types of multicolor yarn, with a lot of detailed information on the different types of variegated and handpainted yarns out there.
There’s a whole chapter on how to knit with hand-dyed yarns so that there is no obvious difference between the skeins, a common problem when using handpaints.
There’s a chapter on incorporating texture, complete with a set of stitch patterns (illustrated in full color) along with a couple of patterns, including this one for a pair of fun mittens.
There’s also chapters on slipped stitches, tucked stitches, using the wrong-side of your work, et cetera, all with stitch dictionaries and patterns to knit.
I particularly like this sweater:
Here’s an example of one of the stitch dictionary sections:
And a pattern for a very pretty set of fingerless mitts.
There are sections on working with stripes, fair isle, lace, and mixing weights and textures, plus a set of great resources at the back of the book. Each of these ten chapters has its own stitch dictionary and two patterns that use the techniques explained in the chapter.
Even if you never knit the patterns (but they are very attractive and knittable, so you will more than likely find several you want to make) this book is a gold mine. If you are anything like me, you have lots of variegated and handpainted yarns. With this book you can figure out lots of things to use your handpaints for if you are sick of socks. There’s actually only one sock pattern in the book. The rest are sweaters, wraps, vests, throws, a set of placemats, a hat, a laptop case, and more.
Second . . .
My hat in progress!
That’s the state of my hat after one day’s commuter knitting.
Yesterday I knit a quick swatch. My goal was to get 6 stitches to the inch over a 2×2 rib and I achieved that on a 4.0 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
I cast on 96 stitches, joined, and started knitting in the round. I was able to use a 24″ needle because this hat is nice and stretchy. I find a 24″ needle much easier to maneuver than a 16-incher, so that makes me happy.
Third . . .
My sweater has one sleeve.
I sucked it up and went ahead and sewed the one sleeve completed to the body and did up the side seam. But since I do have two arms, I did start the second sleeve.
Fourth . . .
My Lace Edge Cardigan pattern is available for sale in my Ravelry store.
Finally . . .
Lucy is showing off her profile.