My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Knitologie

Last week I got a review copy of a knitting book:

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This is Knitologie by Lucy Main Tweet, and it is subtitled “Creating Personal Heirloom Knits With Monograms as Simply as Cast-On and Cast-Off.”

The author had worked in fashion for such companies as Talbots, Evan Picone, J. Crew, and Bernard Chaus. After retiring she was looking for a new hobby to take up — she had done needlepoint throughout her working life. At her mother’s suggestion, she took up knitting. At the very start she admits that she is a novice knitter.

She wanted to do something interesting with her limited knitting skills – casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off. So she came up with the idea of personalizing basic pieces with her initials, starting with a plain scarf, personalizing it with her initials.

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A good part of this book consists of fairly large charts of the alphabet to be used with the variety of simple patterns for square pillows, mittens, mitts, rectangular scarves, and baby caps. You could work the graphs in knit on a purl background, purl on a knit background, or in two colors.

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The book is beautiful: it is a large format hardcover book with lovely photography, and it even has a cute ribbon bookmark attached to it.

But if you are anything but a novice knitter, you will probably be disappointed by the content. There is very little to challenge here. And you can find alphabet graphs free on the internet.

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However, if you are a new knitter and tire of making endless plain scarves, this book can offer you some creative ideas for jazzing up your projects without having to know a lot of advanced techniques. You (or perhaps an older child you taught to knit) can create a number of very nice personalized gifts using the patterns in the book.

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I am actually not going to offer this book in a giveaway because I know a relatively new knitter who I think this book would be perfect for, so I am going to give it to him.

WIP

I am making progress on Pomme de pin. I’ve worked the body to the armholes, separated, and am almost done with the back:

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I ought to be able to complete the side fronts within the next couple of days. I am going to have to re-do the sleeves. As written, the pattern directs you to knit long skinny tubes for sleeves and set them into not-generous armholes. I know this will make this sweater very uncomfortable to wear, so I have already deepened the armholes. I plan to make the sleeves a little bigger around because I hate the feeling of tight sleeves. I will also knit them flat and seam them — I see no advantage in knitting them in the round.

So there.

Loki

Thank you for all the comments welcoming Loki home. He is settling in nicely here, so much so that he consented to pose for some glamour shots.

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The up-side-down shot:

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The shy kitty shot:

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The candid shot:

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Loki

Hey, who is this cute little guy?

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Meet Loki, who has just come to live with me.

Loki is a 2-year-old male lilac point Ragdoll. He is 10.65 pounds of purring kitty love.

He has only been with me a few days, but I think he has told me his entire life story. Once he got over his initial shyness, he talked nonstop.

His turn-ons include playing with catnip mice, being brushed with the Zoom Groom, and rolling over so he can get tummy rubs from Momma. His turn-offs include loud noises and being ignored.

He seems to be adjusting nicely to life chez WendyKnits, doesn’t he?

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Like Maine Coon cats, Ragdolls develop slowly, not reaching maturity until they are about 4 years old. This little guy has paws the size of oven mitts so he has the potential to grow into a very big boy indeed.

Book Giveaway

Carole P. in Ohio is the winner of 7 Easy-To-Knit Handbags for Every Occasion by Jill Wright, the book I reviewed in my last blog entry. Carole, your book is on its way to you.

It is book season again: I am suddenly getting craft books to review after several months of nothing. So keep checking back for more chances to win my review copies!

Camp Loopy Three Project

In my last blog post I had a photo of a skein of MadelineTosh Pashmina in the “Stovepipe” colorway. That is my yarn for my third Camp Loopy project. Here it is in progress:

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I’m afraid the color is washed out, and it doesn’t look like much at this point, does it? It will become the Pomme de Pin Cardigan.

Last night I knit on it with Loki smooshed in on one side of me and my working yarn on the other side. He completely ignored my knitting. I am happy to report!