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.

Two Pretties

I have two pretty things to show you today.

First:

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This is my progress on my Britta Cowl, knit from a pattern by Johanne Landin. It is worked stranded and in the round using two different colors. I am using the yarn that the original was knit from, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 100, and in the original colors because I love the look of the original.

It is a very long cowl, so you can double it around your neck, and it starts with a provisional cast-on. The cast-on required perseverance on my part! Using waste yarn, I did a backwards loop cast-on and knit one row. Then using the working yarn I joined and started knitting in the round. I checked 5 or 6 times to ensure that I hadn’t twisted my work.

After you complete the “body,” you fold it in half and work a three-needle bind-off to secure the beginning stitches to the end stitches. Very clever — you have a lovely field of flowers showing at all times and the stranded wrong-side is hidden in the middle.

This is another “long haul” project, as there are well over 500 stitches on the needle. But it is great fun to knit. The pattern is simple enough that I don’t have to keep looking at the chart, and the subtle color changes in the yarn make me want to keep knitting to see the knitted fabric emerge.

Second:

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This is a skein of Wayfarer fingering weight wool, a new offering from Made in America Yarns.

This yarn has been designed with a solid palette especially for Fair Isle knitters. (It would be great to see it combined with a hand-dyed yarn too.) They kept it 100% wool instead of superwash to minimize the environmental impact and keep all of the good qualities of wool.

I have a colorcard:

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You can also see all the colors on their website. The specs:

Content: 100% wool
Weight: 100 g | 3.5 oz
Length: 349 m | 382 yds
Care: Dry clean or hand wash in cold water. No bleach. Dry flat, do not iron.

MSRP is $14 per skein — a really great price! Check out the list of retailers to find out where to buy this great yarn, or ask your LYS to carry it — you won’t be disappointed!

I knit a swatch:

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The yarn is made up of many plies, and in the skein has an almost cotton look to it, much like a very popular German yarn I know and love. Knit it up and wow! It is lovely and springy and makes nicely uniform stitches. I can see how this yarn will be great for both colorwork and texture. I haven’t quite decided what my yarn will become, but I’m thinking possibly a cowl or a hat.

Who else would like to try it? Made in America Yarns has kindly offered to send a skein to one of my blog readers since I am too greedy to give mine up. 🙂

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM eastern time this Sunday, December 15, 2013, to be entered in a drawing to win a skein of this lovely Wayfarer fingering weight wo0l, in the color of your choice. When the random number generator picks the winner, I’ll email said winner with color options. 🙂

Wait — I have a third pretty thing to show you!

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Comments

  1. While the first two things are pretty, the third is bee-you-tee-ful!

  2. Thank you for a great giveaway 🙂 I’d be happy to take part if international participants are allowed. 🙂 Your cat looks so nice and fluffy! 🙂
    I’m Berrycah on Ravelry.

  3. Love the colors in the cowl!! Also the colors available in the yarn are great and wonderful yardage!!

  4. Great post today so many pretty things! It’s tempting me to sit and knit but the laundry awaits :>(

  5. We are knitters. Of course we covet yarn…especially free yarn!

    Thanks to you and to Made in America Yarns!

  6. I would love to try this yarn. I am all about trying to buy US products and am happy to see there is something that might replace Jaimesons

  7. Adrienne McCarthy says:

    Just found your blog today, through Ravelry, yay! That cowl is stunning, the yarn you are giving away is gorgeous, and your Cat is very regal!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. I can see how that cowl would feed my “just one more row” demon. Gorgeous colors. And I might have just found my Christmas gift to myself. I love the colors of this Wayfarer yarn. How did you only choose one? The price is good too. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  9. Wow, that cowl is lovely, but Loki steals the show. He’s such a big, floofy boy.

  10. Beautiful yarn!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Traveling Close to Home

  11. The cowl is gorgeous! I too love the colors of the original. I would love to try the Wayfarer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win! Hi Loki!

  12. Flo Frazier says:

    Your cowl is very beautiful! The flowers are so vibrant against the green. Can’t wait to see how the purple works up. And of course Loki is beautiful! Looks so sweet laying there.

  13. Beautiful cowl and wonderful colors!

  14. Gorgeous cowl and nifty idea! Soooo glad not all yarn companies are using superwash wool. It just doesn’t last in socks! Please RNG, pick me!

    Loki is one handsome dude….

  15. The cowl is gorgeous. I just don’t know if I want to try stranded knitting…
    The yarn is also very pretty. Would love to win a skein, and of course Loki is a handsome dude!

  16. That purple practically jumps right out of my screen! I’d love a chance to try the yarn. Hi, Loki!

  17. Ooh, I love the purple on the Made in America yarn! I haven’t used that yarn before, but I would love to.

  18. That cowl is gorgeous. 500 stitches sounds daunting, but I can see how the pattern would keep you going. Look forward to seeing it finished!

  19. Purty yarn! And that cowl is delicious. I’m envious, I can’t do stranded color work worth a damn!

  20. One of my “local” yarn stores does carry this yarn, so if I win, I might be tempted to get a complementary color and give stranded colorwork another try. Lovely cowl you have in progress and very handsome fur-boy..
    Jill´s last blog post ..Back again!

  21. Thank you, Wendy, for a chance at trying Wayfarer!

    As usual, your knits are gorgeous, and so is Loki. 🙂

  22. Savannagal says:

    I love the colors of the Britta Cowl. Gorgeous. I would love to make it too, but I’m not sure I have the stamina for a project of that magnitude. Thanks for the giveaway. The yarn looks lovely.

  23. Thank you, Wendy, for a chance at trying Wayfarer!

    Your work is beautiful, and so is Loki. 🙂

  24. Interesting! I would like to try the yarn.

  25. But of course I would love a skein of that lovely yarn!

  26. Made in the USA, I would love to try.

  27. I always love to try a new yarn – especially sock or lace weight, LOL
    Loki – you handsome thing – please put in a good word with Momma.

  28. I would love to have this yarn. Our ragdoll is in the same position as Loki

  29. Marie Trueblood says:

    I can see why you like the cowl–very eye-catching design. I’d love to win the yarn–it would make great mittens for our cold weather.

  30. Love all your pretties! I would also love to win the yarn from Made in America!

  31. Oh it must be Christmas time- new wool to (maybe) play with 🙂
    The cowl is utterly beautiful!
    Maybe Loki could deliver the yarn to the winner…..

  32. I enjoy your blog and I love Loki! Wouldn’t mind winning some yarn too. 🙂

  33. Loki says that momma needs to knit him a blankie so he can snuggle up under it in this cold weather.

  34. I can see a lovely thing JUST-FOR-ME to be knit up in the lazy days after the holidays when all the pressure is off!

  35. The Cowl is just beautiful I would love to win the yarn it looks so yummy.

  36. What beautiful yarn! And just when I’m really gearing up for fair isle stranded and doubleknit knitting. I could really give this yarn a good home.

  37. Karina Bates says:

    The cowl is lovely and the yarn sounds very nice. Being in the boonies, I wouldn’t probably come in contact with a new yarn for some months. Thank you for offering it!

  38. Loony Nuna says:

    The yarn looks interesting, the cowl looks lovely and Loki looks very content. 🙂

  39. Oh, that cowl looks pretty. I’m thinking about making it, but I’m weird about things over my mouth and nose in the winter, tends to make my glasses fog and seeing impossible. And that yarn looks very pretty too.
    Margaret´s last blog post ..Well, I lied, but it’s all good

  40. Love the yarn and would love to win

  41. Eileen Bunn says:

    Love all of your pretty things (especially the third) but would like to be entered in the drawing for the yarn.
    Thank you,
    Eileen

  42. Lovely Wayfarer indeed! And your colour choice is beautiful.

  43. What a beautiful cowl!! I love the colors. I love your beautiful kitty also 🙂 I’d love to win a skein of the Wayfarer fingering weight wool. It’s always nice to knit up a new skein and how can you beat Made in America !

  44. lotsofhermies on Rav says:

    Your cowl is so cheerful and beautiful. Wayfarer looks yummy I can’t wait to try it.

  45. Yay for sproingy yarn! And Loki the insanely handsome wonder cat. 🙂

  46. What a lovely purple, and what a spectacular price point!

  47. I would so love to win this yarn! It looks beautiful!

  48. Candyce Loescher says:

    Loved the cowl and the yarn, but Loki is my favorite! Have gotten way behind in my knitting since the new kitten has arrived! He’d starting to calm down – and sleep a bit more – so getting a bit more done. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Love the cowl, but it is waaaaayyyyyy outside my skill set to knit! Hope I win this yarn, I have several projects in mind for holiday knitting once the gifts are done.

  50. Oh, wow! The cowl is beautiful!

  51. lovely

  52. Shari Blakey says:

    I would love to try the Made in America yarn, but would enjoy Loki too!

  53. Loki looks like a “hovercat” all nice and content.

  54. Patsy Coats says:

    Pretty yarn.

  55. Mildred D. Pettyjohn says:

    Love the Cowl, the colors remind me of Kaffe Fassett’s designs! The yarn colors are beautiful!
    Thank you

  56. Yes, Lopi is a pretty thing! And I’d love a skein of Made in America.

  57. The yarn looks lovely and your cowl is beautiful

  58. Purlescence says:

    I very much agree — both the yarn and the cat are very pretty!! 🙂

    Thanks for holding this giveaway!

    Purlescence on Ravelry

  59. Alicia Grayson says:

    Lovely pattern and great colours! Love the yarn too!

  60. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    I’m not a cowl person, but that photo is making me wonder if I should try one! I love the happy little flowers!

  61. Catherine S. says:

    Hiya, Pretty Thing! The Made in America yarn looks fabby.
    How about sending this Pretty Thing a skein?
    xo

  62. That cowl is beautiful. I’d knit it in the original colors, too. Gorgeous.

  63. that looks like such an amazing yarn. thanks for the giveaway!

    Pagecsa on Rav 🙂

  64. Your cowl is beautiful! I would love to give that yarn a new home. Thank you for the chance to win.

  65. Lovely, lovely cowl. I would choose Meadow I believe.

  66. The cowl is beautiful and I would love to try the yarn!

  67. Thank you for some chance to win wonderful prizes!

  68. Sandra Kerr says:

    I would love to win some yarn!!!!!! And your project is so pretty.

  69. I love the cowl, I thought it was double knitting at first. Would love a chance to try the new yarn. But I especially love the third pretty, that gorgeous ball of fluff.

  70. Your cowl looks great, and so does the yarn!

  71. Wouldn’t it be fun if kitties came in all the colors on that color card!

  72. Beautiful cowl! The yarn sounds lovely.

  73. I’d love to try a new yarn, although Loki is probably softer.

  74. The cowl is lovely, and I’d love to try the yarn!

  75. I am now in search of Wayfayer. It looks like a lovely yarn.

  76. Lovely work, lovely yarn. Count me in!
    Barbara at Knitting | Work in Progress´s last blog post ..Pattern | Last-Minute Mitts

  77. southparknitter says:

    Yeah I haven’t been doing much blog reading but now have more time for it so am trying to get back into it. I’d love to win this yarn and try it out.

  78. What a beautiful Britta! My mind spins thinking of all the cool color combinations I could use. And I’d love to think up something for the skein of Wayfarer. Thank you, Wendy

  79. Awesome looking color card! I’m going to find this yarn at a store near me.

  80. I love your cowl — a field of flowers in the snow! And I’d love to make myself a cowl out of that lovely yarn. Thanks for the give-away!

  81. I would love to win some yarn. Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. Oh, I’d be delighted to try some of this out for the colorwork hat I’m designing!

  83. Cindy in un-Happy Valley says:

    I’d love some pretty new yarn for after I recover from my broken shoulder and can knit again….
    Sifh

  84. I love your Britta Cowl. I would definately make a cowl out of your very generous give away. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  85. What nice yarn, and what a nice pricepoint for the yardage/quality! Yes, RNG/Santa, Iʻd love to win. Thx!

  86. What a lovely holiday prize and what pretty color work. I was suppose to have started my first big stranded color work as of a few weeks ago when I finished the swatch hat for it. (Knitting a plain swatch was boring me to tears so I followed EZ’s advise and knit a hat instead) Once I finish the Christmas knitting I will grab my courage and begin. Do you have any advise on stranded knitting?

  87. Please pick me!

  88. Shannon Booth says:

    Gorgeous cowl, equally gorgeous cat, and that yarn is very pretty also.

  89. Barbara in Santa Barbara says:

    As always, your work is exquisite! Count me in for the skein of Wayfarer. Would the German yarn to which you refer start with a “W”?

  90. Annette F. says:

    Pretty!! Thank you for the contest.

  91. I just saw that cowl pattern on another blog post and fell in love with it. Can’t wait to see yours finished.

  92. I certainly won’t refuse that gorgeous-looking yarn if the RNG picks me. I’m sure I could think of something to knit with it. If I really tried. 😉

    Beautiful – and cheerful! – cowl, and Loki is stunning as always.

  93. Love the colors of the Britta Cowl – very happy colors.
    Great to see yarn made in America. The colors look jewel like .
    And Loki looks so content.
    enjoy your day

  94. I’m jealous of your stranding mastery; I’m not that great at maintaining tension, so stranding and intarsia are both very challenging to me.
    The cowl is looking very pretty.
    If I’m fortunate enough to receive the freebie skein, I will pick purple and work up a scarf for the niece I just met.

  95. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful (the cowl) and so cushy looking (the yarn) I want to make a pair of socks!

  96. Lovely yarn! And Loki looks like a young white lion.

  97. I would love a skein of the Wayfarer yarn.

  98. Beautiful cowl!

  99. Could I be so lucky as to win a skein of that lovely Wayfarer yarn? Hope so!

  100. Love the cowl…it’s just so happy looking! Would love to win a skein of yarn from a new vendor!