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.

Obsessive Knitting

The winner of the giveaway for a copy of Cast Iron, Cast On, Cooking and Knitting Through the Seasons by Calley Hastings and Becky Herrick is Beverley, who has been emailed.  Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! I’ll have another review on Wednesday, with another giveaway, so please check back then.

Thanks also for your nice comments about Dottie and Inga’s new dresses. I knit them each a new dress for every month in 2015, so now I think I am done. Their December dresses were knit from Madelinetosh Tosh Sock. So for 2016, I’ll have to think of something else to do obsessively. I have some ideas . . .

Speaking of obsession, I am back to working on something I’ve been obsessing about a lot: a colorwork cowl. I really love cowls, or infinity scarves, as they are sometimes called. Of all the things I have knit lately, cowls are the things I get the most use from in winter months. I started a new one this past week:

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This is my own design, and it consists of all smaller pattern motifs, or border patterns. They are all based on traditional Nordic designs, and no two patterns will repeat.

The yarn I am using is wonderful: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock (merino/cashmere/nylon) fingering weight yarn, in the Silver Fox and Heliotrope colorways. I have been a fan of Dragonfly Fibers deep rich colors for years, and this cashmere blend yarn is a dream to knit.

I have a feeling that Loki would enjoy sinking his little claws into this yarn, but he will not get the chance to do so if I can help it!

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“Who, me?”

Cast Iron Cast On

I have another fun book to review for you.

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This is Cast Iron, Cast On, Cooking and Knitting Through the Seasons by Calley Hastings and Becky Herrick. It is available in both eBook and paperback formats.

As you have probably ascertained from the title, this is a book of both knitting patterns and recipes. As is stated in the introduction, many knitters are not just knitters, but are makers. I know this is true for me: I’ve dabbled in many different crafts and enjoy cooking, as I imagine many of you do as well.

The patterns and recipes are organized by month, starting with December and the holiday season. Both the patterns and the recipes are appropriate for the months they represent. The authors encourage you to source your materials and ingredients locally, if possible. The book uses materials from the authors’ location, New England, but the patterns and recipes of course have a universal appeal.

Some of my favorite patterns:

This is Oleracea:

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It is a stranded colorwork hat made from Harrisville Shetland fingering weight wool. I love the circular motifs used in the design and I also love the colors used.

And Lactuca:

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This is an adorable skirt knit from sportweight wool. Definitely not something I could even remotely pull off wearing, but that does not keep me from loving it.

And this is Sola:

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Sola is a lace-edged blanket/tablecloth knit from dk weight cotton and it has matching napkins.

There is a total of 16 patterns, and you can see them all on Ravelry, here.

I have not tried any of the recipes, but they look interesting and definitely worth a try!

The publisher has authorized me to give away a copy of the eBook to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Cast Iron, Cast Onplease leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, December 6, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner.

Meanwhile, Dottie and Inga are ready for the holidays in their new dresses:

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And Loki is doing what he does best:

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