My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It’s a Bird It’s a Plane

There were a lot of interesting guesses about what my new project is, including a coat for Basil (my Mini Cooper), something called a Bermuda Shawl, a skirt, a bedspread, a colorwork sweater, a cowl, a blanket, something out of Knit Swirl, a ruffly shawl, and a coat I will steek.

Ding ding ding! We have a winner. Dianne is correct: it is the beginning of a coat I will steek.

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I am using Aade Lõng Artistic 8/2 in the Rainbow colorway (this is interchangeable with Kauni). I am using this colorway for both the background and foreground colors, just in different places in the striping sequence. I started by knitting a plain facing for the bottom edge, then did a 13-row border pattern. The main pattern is from a vintage book of Norwegian mittens. This pattern motif is popular — it is used in a Dale of Norway pattern (Frogner) and in an Alice Starmore pattern (Marina). As it happens, I have knit both those patterns: my Frogner, and my Marina.

But wait — isn’t this awfully small in circumference to be a coat? It is, because this is just the back of the coat.

I am actually knitting this coat in pieces because I prefer to have seams in larger garments like this. But because colorwork is more easily worked in the round,I am knitting the pieces with steeks. What I am knitting right now is the back. here is the steek:

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Once I cut the steek open, I will have a flat piece. I plan to knit both side fronts in one piece, so I will have two steeks in that piece — one for the side seams, and one for the front opening. I will knit the sleeves in the round from the bottom up, and then pick up stitches around the armhole and join the sleeves to the body with a three-needle bind-off.

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Basil

I have noticed that Basil has the ability to make friends wherever he goes. Earlier this week:

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Earlier today:

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Super-Cute Super-Scary!

I have in my possession a review copy of Super-Scary Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec.

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My first instinct was to photograph every page to show you. But since all the patterns are listed in Ravelry, there is no need for me to do that.

There is some really cute stuff in here, and the names of these critters are very cute and clever.

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All of the samples in the book are knit from yarns by Cascade, so they are readily available, and also easily substituted. The patterns themselves (20 of them) are very well-written and illustrated. There is an extensive how-to section in the front of the book with everything you need to know about the techniques used to make these critters.

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The photography is great — so very creative!

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My favorite project form the book? Zombie Sleepover!

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If you are at all interested in knitting toys, get this book — you will not be disappointed.

Lucy sez:

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“This is my scary face!”

 

Comments

  1. Beautiful colorwork!

  2. What an excellent thought. Steek the back; knit the two sides together with steeks—a genius of an idea! I love it and can’t wait to see more.

  3. I’ve knit sleeves together with steeks….but I hadn’t thought about doing each piece steeked….brilliant!!!
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  4. Now that is going to really be a beautiful coat…..Oh Lucy you made me jump with that face

  5. I admit it.. Steeking SCARES me even more than Lucys scary face. Your colorwork is wonderful. I’ll have try and steek something, maybe a dolls sweater…..

  6. I am with you Laurie! If I really wanted to I could steek but it does give me a bit of a fright to think of cutting into my knitting! EEEK! Lucy you are way tooo cute to be scary! Haha!

    Really beautiful coloring on the pattern! How neat to use the same colors but in reverse!

  7. steeking freaks me out too. I have yet to attempt it. will watch and see how your project turns out. maybe it will help lessen my steeking fears?

    dear lucy, you simply do not look scary when you cross your eyes. just cute, with a tad of silliness too. :)

  8. Lovely as always. I’ve never tried color work. It’s on my to do list though. Lucy so reminds me of my granddad’s Nina. She’s lovely.

  9. hawknitr13 says:

    i love the reverse colorwork option! it’s gorgeous! can’t wait to see the finished product! lucy is starting her Halloween ‘trick-or-treat’ face early so she’s got it down by the 31st!!! ; )
    ^)^ linda

  10. You show us so much clever goodness! And so far, it looks great!

  11. My worst nightmare: stranded colorwork! Amen to Lucy’s Scary Face, as it’s the one that makes my eyes water (sympathy? trying not to follow her lead? IDK!). The asian kitties are so lovely, until we try to look ‘em in the eye.
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  12. Wow Wendy! That coat is going to be a show stopper! I can hardly wait to see it.

  13. Absolutely Stunning! And, yes, I agree………………that is SCARY. LOL

  14. I’m sure your steeking experience will be 100 times better than mine. Because I had used a sock yarn, I had to sew the steek with my sewing machine and I sew like a sailor on shore leave. It worked, but the non-public side isn’t the beauty to behold I wish it were.
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  15. Great idea re steeking the pieces in relationship to the seams!
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  16. That’s a lot of steeking in one garment! Have you steeked before? I love your confidence. I just did my first steeked piece, a scarf, just for the experience. One steek. It was fun!
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  17. Kristine M. says:

    Lucy isn’t scary! She’s a very pretty kitty.

  18. Sharen Warren says:

    Can’t wait to see the progress on this one—what a beautiful wardrobe of coats you will have. How about selling the just the charts for the denim coat? Many of us could work from those—the combination of patterns you chose is so pretty!.

  19. Lestersmama says:

    Bermuda scarf by Ilga Leja
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bermuda-scarf
    It’s a fun k it

  20. Lucy is too pretty to be scary.
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