My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Put Some Zip In It

The winner of a copy of KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, generously provided by the publisher, is Maggie B., who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Yesterday I finished the cardigan/jacket that I have been working on. As I had mentioned, I inserted a two-way separating zipper in the front rather than do buttons and buttonholes.

When I completed the deep ribbed front bands, I bound them off with an i-cord bind-off to give a nice smooth edge. I then pinned the zipper in place.

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Here’s a closer look:

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Then I basted the zipper in place using ordinary sewing thread and a long running stitch. I then separated the zipper. Here it is on the inside:

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And the outside:

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Next, I used some fingering weight wool to sew the zipper in place permanently. This is a pretty close match:

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On the inside, I sewed down the edge of the zipper tape to the inside of the sweater, being careful to catch only the back-side of the cardi so it won’t show on the right side.

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Then on the right side, I sewed close to the zipper teeth, through the i-cord edging.

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I removed the basting and there you have it, a finished cardi.

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And the back:

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And this is what Loki was doing throughout the process:

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Knitless

As promised, I have another book to review. I am part of the blog tour for this:

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This is KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, a new book from Running Press. If you have SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) you might find this book very useful! It’s a collection of 50 non-knit projects that use yarn. Clever idea, right? The projects range from home decor items to accessories, to gift ideas. The book is divided int ofour sections.

As I usually do, I’ve gone through the book and picked out my favorite project from each section to feature here. First, from the Home section, the Pom-Pom Chair!

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What a great, fun stash buster this would be! The materials list includes 8 to 10 170-yard skeins of medium weight yarn (which I take to mean DK or worsted) and a pom-pom maker. This would, I think, be a great project to do with children . . . think lots and lots of pom poms to be made!

From the Wearable Accessories section, the Makeover Sneaker!

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You could get really creative here. Tassels, braids, etc.

From the Yarn Art section, Starry Night Yarn Painting:

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This is a  project where you could get really creative. I can picture this in a number of different colorways.

And finally, from Cards and Gifts, Multicolored Embroidered Notecards

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This is another project that I think would be fun to do with your kids. If your child is too young to wield an embroidery needle, you could have him/her draw a template with crayons and then embroider over it.

This is just a small sampling of what’s included in this great book.

The publisher has generously offered a copy for a giveaway. Who’d like it? To be entered in the drawing for a copy of KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am, Eastern time on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Want to know what others are saying about this book? Here is the whole blog tour schedule:

Meanwhile in my neck of the woods, I’m making good progress on my jacket. I’ll show you in the next blog post!

Loki is resting up for that momentous occasion.

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Maple Leaves

The design that I showed you a snippet of in my last blog post is this:

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This is my Maple Leaves Cowl, which is part of the KnitCircus Fall Collection 2015. You can check out all the designs in the lookbook on the KnitCircus website. You can purchase the pattern for this cowl on Ravelry.

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The cowl is completely reversible, with a different design on the other side.

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It was made using a combination of a gradient and a kettle-dyed semi-solid yarn. You can purchase kits to make the cowl from KnitCircus. (As I write this I see that they are out of stock on the kits, but I’m sure they’ll be back with more yarn soon.)

This is a design that looks a lot more difficult than it really is to knit so if you are a colorwork newbie, don’t be intimidated. It’s a fun project and goes pretty quickly.

All of the photos of the Maple Leaves Cowl shown here are by Connie Ward.

My Cormo Cardi

I’m making good progress on the cardi I’ve been working on. The body is done. I attached the shoulder via a three-needle bind-off.

And I picked up 378 stitches around the fronts and the neck and am slogging through a lot of 2×2 ribbing. There’ll be a total of 4″ of it, and I currently have less than 2″, so I have a way to go.

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I also started a sleeve.

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The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects By Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest is KathyH, who has been emailed. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

I’ll have another great book to review and a giveaway on Wednesday so please stop by then.

Now I need to go play with this little guy, who is impatiently waiting for me!

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The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting

I have another great book to review for you:

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This is The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects By Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest, Interweave/F+W; $26.99.

This book contains 40 different slip stitch patterns, so it is in part a stitch dictionary. It also has 16 lovely patterns that incorporate slip-stitch patterns: 6 garments, 2 vests, and 8 accessories.

The book starts with some how-tos — different ways of slipping stitches and what you do with the working yarn when you slip. And there’s information on horizontal, vertical, and diagonal slipping. Pretty much everything you could possibly need to know about slip-stitch knitting.

For the actual stitch patterns in the stitch dictionary portion of the book, they are both written out row by row and charted, and there is a good explanation of how to read the charts.

There’s lots of other information you need: guidelines on gauge, working in the round versus flat, yarn choices, color choices.

The next section of the book is about traditional slip stitches, with a number of different stitch patterns, and some projects. My favorite project from this section is the Bordo Shawl, which is worked in fingering weight yarn in two colors.

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The next section features Woven slip stitches and again has a number of different stitch patterns and then some projects. My favorite project in this section is the Gobelen Bag, which I really, really want! It’s knit from worsted weight wool in a variety of colors.

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Did I mention that I want it?

The next stitch Section is Fancy slip-stitch. My favorite pattern here: The Nebo Pullover. The sleeves are worked in a slip-stitch pattern, the cables incorporate slipped stitches and the edging is worked in a slipped rib, so there is a lot of slipping going on! It’s nicely fitted and is worked in a sportweight yarn.

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Last is Reversible slip-stitch. I love the Siska Hat, which would work up very quickly in worsted weight yarn.

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In the back of the book is a lot of useful information, including abbreviations, and an illustrated glossary of techniques.

This is a great book — not only does it have a nice array of pretty patterns, but it is a great stitch dictionary for a lot of different slipped stitch patterns. And it contains a lot of useful how-to information.

You can take a look at all 16 patterns on Ravelry.

Who wants my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing for my copy of The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects by Faina Goberstein & Simona Merchant-Dest, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Are You Ready for Autumn?

I am!

Earlier this summer I worked on something delightfully autumnal in collaboration with KnitCircus Yarns, and it is going to be released very soon. Want a hint? Here you go:

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That’s not much of a hint, is it? Here’s another peak:

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All will be revealed in a few days!

Meanwhile . . .

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Loki say relax!

Jacket Progress

First of all, the winner of my review copy of A Dozen Beanies for Baby: Quick Knits for the Little Ones is Kathie, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I have another great book to review, so come back on Wednesday for that.

I’ve made some nice progress on my jacket. Here is a very hastily shot photo of the back. Hastily shot because of the little someone whose blurry image can be seen at the top of the photo.

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I would rather he did not re-knit this to his specifications so he was removed very shortly after the photo was taken.

And here is the left side front, close to completion:

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It is not fully half the width of the back because there will be fairly deep ribbed front bands. I am planning on putting a separating zipper in the front rather than using buttons and buttonholes.

Now I need to return to this little guy:

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