My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

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I’ve Got My Mitts On a New Book

First things first, here are Dottie and Inga in their November outfits. They are dressed as pilgrims.


For their dresses I based them on Julie Williams’ Seasonal Dresses Pattern that fits all her little critters. I winkled together the rest of their outfits. I used leftover fingering weight wool.

Next, we have a winner for the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl kit, and it is Syd T., who has been emailed.

Third, I have a book to review: Spilly Jane Knits Mittens by (you guessed it) Spilly Jane. It’s published by Cooperative Press, and you can purchase the book in paperback via (who is temporarily out of stock) and in electronic pdf via Ravelry.


If you have spent any time on Ravelry and are at all into mittens, you will likely recognize the name Spilly Jane. She has lots and lots of cute mitten patterns (as well as patterns for other items, like socks) available on Ravelry. So it’s nice to see a whole book of mittens from this mitten maestro!

In addition to thirteen mitten patterns, the book has a lot of useful information for both new and experienced mitten knitters, including notes, tips, and tutorials on sizing, different thumbs, carrying yarn for colorwork, and adding embellishments to your mittens. The tutorials are accompanied by nice clear photos.

And . . . the patterns are extremely cute! They are all colorwork, in one way or another. There are two patterns for fingerless mitts, both worked in stripes. The Plain Blue Mitts would be a good pattern for a stranded colorwork newbie, as it is worked in stripes with just a bit of stranded knitting taking place when you switch colors.


I love the Cupcake Mittens:


This would be a great pattern for using up bits and leftovers.

The Penguin Mittens are another favorite:


Who doesn’t love penguins?

All patterns use fingering weight yarn and would be a great way to dip into that sock yarn stash to knit holiday gifts. The samples in the book are all knit from either Brooklyn Tweed Loft or KnitPicks Palette, but you could use any fingering weight wool or wool blend.

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 Spilly Jane Knits Mittens, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time, Sunday, November 8, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner.

Here is Loki, practicing for the Sleep Olympics.


Freestyle. It is his best event.


Crazed Scandinavian Cowl Kit Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who has bought my Crazed Scandinavian Cowl from my Ravelry store. I’ve decided to extend the reduced price through Wednesday, November 4, so you can get the pattern for $3.00 until Thursday, November 5, when it will go back to the regular price of $5.00.

In celebration of the pattern release, I have a special giveaway:


This is 4 skeins of Elsa Wool Company Woolen-Spun Fingering Weight Cormo, in the colorways I used to knit my cowl: natural and medium grey and this is more than enough to knit your own cowl. I’ll include the pattern if you have not already purchased the pattern.


To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner at that time.

I am knitting along on my Claremont cardigan.


But I took time out to knit mousies for a couple of Loki’s online friends.


And Loki is hanging out in front of the fan because we are having unseasonably warm weather!


Cowl Pattern Now Available!

The pattern for my Crazed Scandinavian Cowl is now available for purchase, here in my Ravelry store.


The early bird price for the pattern is $3.00, and you can get it for that price through October 31, 2015. It will revert to the regular price of $5.00 on November 1, 2015.

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the cowl! I found it huge fun to knit and I hope you do too.

I’ve charted out another somewhat insane cowl, but have not started it yet. I decided to knit something else in between as a “palate cleanser.”


This is Claremont, a cardigan pattern by Laura Chau, designed for the Feel Good Yarn Company, which produces Silverspun yarn. You can read all about Silverspun yarn on their website, linked above.

Claremont takes Silverspun Sock, a fingering weight organic cotton that has a bit of lycra and a strand of silver spun into it. The resulting yarn is incredibly soft and when knit, creates a fabric with a slightly pebbly look. Although it is fingering weight, the pattern directs you to use a U.S. size 6 needle, and that’s the size I used to get gauge.

It’s somewhat slow going because the row gauge is somewhat compressed: the “before washing” row gauge is 9 rows/inch. (According to the website, the undyed fingering weight yarn will shrink during the first wash. The pattern takes this into account.) The body is knit in once piece to the armholes. The sleeves are worked separately in the round, then joined to the body and a yoke is knit from the bottom up.

I like that the front bands are knit at the same time as the body. I have three buttonholes done!


Here is Loki’s “it’s too early” face:


“Turn off the lights, Mommy!”

Crazed Scandinavian Cowl

Last Wednesday I completed my Crazed Scandinavian Cowl.


This in knit from Elsa Wool Company Woolen-Spun Fingering Weight Cormo in medium grey and natural — two skeins of each color.


I used a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle.


In my last blog entry, Marietta asked me several questions about the cowl:

1.  Do you have software that you use to plot your rows
2.  How long did plotting 600 rows take you
3.  How long will this cowl be at the end & when you join the ends will you twist it once?

I used Microsoft Excel to create my colorwork charts. I opened a blank spreadsheet and set the dimensions of the rows and columns to make squares so it resembled a piece of graph paper.

How long did it take me to create the charts — a good question. I did the first draft of it over 2 or 3 days, I think, and then went back periodically to tweak things. as I knit, I found things I wanted to tweak as well.

The cowl is approximately 80″ around so that it fits nicely around the neck when doubled. I did not twist it to make a mobius before grafting the ends,  though I certainly could have. I could also have grafted closed each end and made a scarf.

I am working on finishing up the pattern, so it will be available soon.


My model, hard at work!

And at home, Loki is demonstrating what a rough week he has had!


Nearly There!

First of all, the winner of my review copy of  Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting bHeather Zoppetti is Ruth, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

My Crazed Scandinavian Cowl is in the home stretch!


Here are a couple of close-ups:


And the other end:


I have worked 532 0f 604 rows of this baby, so it will be finished this week! The pattern will be available within a couple of weeks, I think. I will be sure to let you know when it is ready.

Loki is pleased that he got such a positive response to his last toe floof photo so is sharing another one: