My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

Sanquhar Update

I am at the start of Chart #13 of my Sanquhar Cowl.

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I have 14 charts total, and I am doing each one twice, so I hope to be halfway done by the end of the day.

I will make the pattern available for sale, once it is done and tested.

I may need to re-think my plans for the day. Here’s what’s in my lap right now:

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Honk If you Love Sanquhar

I love Sanquhar knitting patterns. Don’t know what Sanquhar knitting is? This site has lots of good information and great photos.

I decided to knit a Sanquhar style cowl. Because I loved the Woolfolk Tynd yarn that I used for my Ashburn wrap so much, I wanted to use it again. I ordered more, in black and white.

Then I charted a bunch of Sanquhar patterns from old photos found online. I do have some Sanquhar charts, but thought it would be fun to re-create charts solely from photos.

I have my charts, I have my yarn. Here is my progress so far:

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I did a couple of closeups, too:

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And:

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My charts are alternating “background” motifs and the traditional 11-stitch squares that characterize Sanquhar knitting. I charted seven of each, so I have a total of fourteen charts. After I work through all fourteen, I’ll start over and repeat all charts. That will give me a cowl of the same dimensions as my Leftovers Cowl. (I started with a provisional cast-on so when done I will graft the beginning to the end to form a tube — this is knit in the round. Same construction as the Leftovers Cowl.)

I do love black and white designs and I love how this is turning out. Stay tuned for more charts!

To close, a bowl full of Loki!

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It’s a Wrap

Just a quickie today . . .

First of all, the winner of a copy of A Head For Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders (20 Hats and Adornments Inspired by Lady Detectives of the Roaring Twenties) by Julie Turjoman is Theresa, who has been notified via email. Thansk to everyone who left a comment.

Next, my Ashburn wrap is done!

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Just a couple of quick pics.

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I do need to take a photo of it spread out flat, but a certain little furry somone is too interested in the process right now . . .

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“Who me?”

Let’s Wrap

I am continuing to work on my Ashburn Wrap:

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The middle section consists of a pretty texture stitch. While it looks good, it slows down the knitting progress!

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At this point I have only 6 more rows of this section. After that, it is back to mostly garter stitch. I’m hoping to finish this before next weekend. We’ll see.

I have been making a lot of these types of wraps. I’ve discovered they are the most useful knits in my wardrobe, particularly at this time of year.

It is quite chilly in the morning, and I go into work with my hair wet, clipped up in a bun at the nape of the neck. I find as long as I keep my neck warm, I am perfectly comfortable outdoors. I did this all last winter.

Then in the afternoon, the wrap goes in my tote bag because my hair is dry and the weather has warmed up a lot. It’s fun to have a lot of cowls and wraps from which to choose!

Loki sez:

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“Selfie!”

A Head for Trouble

First things first, the winner of a copy of As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks by Hilary Latimer is Kris, who has been emailed. Thank you, Hilary, for sending me a review copy and supplying a second copy for my giveaway!

And I have another book to review:

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This is A Head For Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders (20 Hats and Adornments Inspired by Lady Detectives of the Roaring Twenties) by Julie Turjoman. I have the eBook version for review.

Note: Julie has a pre-order bonus via her website good through October 31, 2014. Anyone who pre-orders the print copy and e-book combo will receive the bonus e-book collection called A Head for Fashion (Ravelry link). If you order the print or the e-book, you will receive one of your choice of the six patterns in the book. After November 1, 2014, the patterns in the e-book are available for sale separately. They are a lovely companion to the main book.

Back to a Head for Trouble: as a voracious reader I appreciate the theme for this book: accessories themed after the spunky “girl detectives” of the Jazz Age. There are 10 detectives covered in the book, and for each one there is a hat plus a coordinating accessory: fingerless mitts, a scarf, a bag, etc. So, twenty patterns in all. You can take a look at all the patterns here on the book’s Ravelry page.

There is a section on the anatomy of a hat, along with detailed descriptions of each type of hat in the book — what makes a cloche a cloche? There is also useful information on how and where to measure so that your knitted piece will fit the recipient.

Each set has an introduction about the detective for which the patterns were named. I was happy to see one of my favorite girl detectives, Maisie Dobbs, included. I love Maisie’s smart cloche:

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and her matching driving mitts:

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Maisie tools around in an MG roadster, her pride and joy, so driving mitts were a perfect choice for her accessory! The colors used and the style of her hat and mitts are a good reflection of her personality as well.

The hats are all darling (as is the very 1920s-looking model) and I do think there is something for everyone here. These are not plain beanies, but beautifully designed cloches, tams, head wraps, and other 1020s-styled head coverings. Stylish adornments here and there really “make” the designs into lovely millinery masterpieces.

The accompanying accessories are equally as beautiful, some adorned with embellishments as well. (And there is a resource list in the back of the book that tells you where you can purchase the embellishments.) I think a hat plus accessory would make a wonderful holiday gift for a stylish woman.

I have been authorized to offer a copy of the e-book in a blog giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of A Head For Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders (20 Hats and Adornments Inspired by Lady Detectives of the Roaring Twenties) by Julie Turjoman, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, November 5, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Current Work in Progress

Here is my current work in progress:

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This is Ashburn, a wrap designed by Melanie Berg. I am making mine from this yummy yarn:

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This is Woolfolk Tynd, a new fingering weight merino wool yarn. I ordered it after reading a positive review of the worsted weight version on Knitters Review. This yarn really is wonderful. It is incredibly soft and fine, and the colors are lovely. Woolfolk calls this fiber “ultra merino” and as soon as I felt it I could well understand why. I have purchased more Tynd for my next project — a stranded colorwork design. Can’t hardly wait!

Loki sez:

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“Quiet! I am napping!”