Today, April 16, is Loki’s birthday! He is three years old!
In honor of Loki’s birthday I am having a pattern sale: all of my patterns available for sale on Ravelry (including my new Nordic Scarf pattern) will be 40% off through the end of April if you use the coupon code LOKI when you check out. The code can be used as many times as you like before May 1, 2014. Tell your friends!
Book Giveaway Winner
Sheila, who has been emailed, is the winner of a copy of Cute Crochet World, by Suzann Thompson. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!
Because I have done several picky or complex projects in a row, I figured it was time for some relaxing knitting. I wanted a nice mindless pattern that I could knit without thinking about it. I decided on Martina Behm’s Matchmaker.
I went into the stash room and selected two colorways of Wollmeise fingering weight that I thought would look good together: Bob and Mistelzweig. The pattern directs you to use a 2.5mm needle. I am using a 3.25mm needle for the simple reason that is is the smallest size in which Signature Needle Arts circular needles are made. Fortunately, I like the look of the fabric at this gauge.
And I’ve made some good progress on my Matchmaker:
The pattern directs you to break off the colors at the end of each section. Rather, I am carrying it up the side by knitting the color not in use together with the color being used at the end of each even-numbered row.
It makes a nice stretchy edge and eliminates the number of ends I need to weave in. In an item like this that is more or less reversible, I like not having a lot of ends to weave in.
I now need to go play with the Birthday Boy. He has been resting up so he’ll be all set for an extended play session tonight!