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.

Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

The winner of a copy of 60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in the 128 Superwash® & 220 Superwash® Collections from Cascade Yarns® is Barbara Fredrick, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Moving along, here is why I have not yet finished my Moth Cardigan. I am having way too much fun sewing doll clothes!

Greendress100817 1 170x240 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

See?

Pinkdress100817 1 180x240 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

I love the period clothes!

Greydress100817 1 197x240 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

 

But sometimes you have to slip in something contemporary.

Cattop100817 1 162x240 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

And maybe a Halloween costume?

Witch100817 1 169x240 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

Or unicorn footie jammies!

Unicorn100817 1 135x240 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

Group photo!

dolls100817 240x180 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

Loki thinks I’ve lost my mind.

Loki100817 1 240x180 Why My Moth Cardigan is Not Yet Done

 

60 More Quick Baby Blankets

Sorry for falling off the face of the earth there for a bit. I have been having a really busy time of it at the day job and everything else took a back seat for a bit. But things have hopefully settled down for a while, so I am back with another great book to show you!

Cover100417 211x240 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

This is 60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in the 128 Superwash® & 220 Superwash® Collections from Cascade Yarns®, the latest in the 60 Quick Knits Collection from Sixth&Spring Books. I love the “^0 Quick Knits” books — you really get a lot of bang for your buck and the patterns are designed by a variety of great designers . . . and are super cute!

You can view all 60 patterns for these baby blankets here on Ravelry. There is a little bit of everything: texture, cables, intarsia, stripes, stranded colorwork, lace. Something for everyone and for every skill level. Some of my favorites:

This is “Whale Watching” designed by Katarina Segerbrand.

WhaleWatching100417 240x240 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

It’s worked from Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash® worsted and it is stranded colorwork. I just love the little whales swimming across the blanket! The knitted measurements are approximately 25 x 34¾” but you could easily enlarge it if you wanted a larger blanket.

Next up, Checkered Blocks by Jacqueline van Dillen

CheckeredBlocks100417 213x240 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

This is also worked in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash® worsted, and it combines blocks of color with a textured stitch. Each block is worked separately then seamed, so this would make a great group project. Perfect for several friends to collaborate on for a baby shower, for example.

This is Baby Spider Web by Cheri Esper.

BabySpiderWeb100417 240x235 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

This is worked in an aran weight yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash® Aran Splatter and it is a circle 30″ in diameter. I love the unique look of this blanket! It’s worked from the outside in, decreasing as you go.

Next, Over the Rainbow by Audrey Drysdale

OvertheRainbow100417 213x240 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

I don’t think it is any secret that I am obsessed with rainbows, so this blanket caught my eye immediately. The rainbow is worked in intarsia, which is not my favorite knitting technique. But the blanket is so adorable, I could definitely see myself knitting it for a special little one. It is worked in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash® Aran so it would be a fairly speedy knit.

And Gooseberries, by Brooke Nico

Gooseberries100417 213x240 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

I love traditional cables and texture, so this of course made my list of favorites. It’s worked from Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash® worsted and has a lovely cable pattern framing an Estonian cluster stitch center panel.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg. So many cute blankets! Go see!

Sixth&Spring has generously offered up a second copy for my blog giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of 60 More Quick Baby Blankets: Cozy Knits in the 128 Superwash® & 220 Superwash® Collections from Cascade Yarns®, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Sunday October 8, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

Loki has been busy this week too. See?

Loki100417 240x223 60 More Quick Baby Blankets

?

Side by Side

The winner of a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale is “knittingdancer on Ravelry” who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and to Sterling Books for sending my review copy and providing a second copy for the giveaway!

I am still knitting along on my Moth Cardigan. To give you some idea of its construction, here is one side of it.

WIPHalf092417 480x500 Side by Side

In this photo I’ve folded the first side piece into place and put the second side next to it.

WIP092417 500x316 Side by Side

You can sort of see how it is going to look now, right?

In other news, I performed doll surgery on a friend’s doll.

Before092417 500x375 Side by Side

Her legs were really loose. Now post-surgery, Kit can easily stand on her own!

After092417 313x500 Side by Side

Loki is busy, as you can see.

Loki092417 500x423 Side by Side

Seed Stitch

The winner of my review copy of  Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits is Christel, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Today I have another lovely book for review: Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1 by Rosemary Drysdale. This is seed stitch like you have never seen before.

Cover092017 208x240 Seed Stitch

The author has definitely gone above and beyond what I think of when I usually think of seed stitch. She has incorporated it into colorwork, mixed it up with cables, and has created an array of lovely patterns. In addition to the patterns, the book contains a stitch dictionary with 60 swatches.

Swatches092017 193x240 Seed Stitch

There are also illustrated “how-tos” for techniques used in the book.

The patterns in the book are shown on Ravelry, here.

Some of my favorite patterns:

Baby Boy s Cardi 092017 240x228 Seed Stitch

The Baby Boy’s Cardi is a nice combination of stripes and texture and is worked from sportweight wool.

Mini Diamonds Pillow:

Mini Diamonds Pillow 092017 240x197 Seed Stitch

I love diamond patterns! This pillow is stranded colorwork and would be a pretty quick project because it is knit from super bulky yarn. Wouldn’t it make a great housewarming gift for someone?

Moss Stitch Cowl

Moss Stitch Cowl 092017 210x240 Seed Stitch

Worked in worsted weight, it is a thing of minimalist beauty. It would be wonderful worked in luxury fibers!

And this is the Zigzag Poncho:

Zigzag Poncho 092017 224x240 Seed Stitch

This is my favorite project from the book: I love the combination of different stitch panels.

The publisher has generously offered up a second copy as a giveaway here. Who would like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Seed Stitch: Beyond Knit 1, Purl 1, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Sunday September 24, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

Here is one of Loki’s and my favorite things to do: knitting in our jammies first thing Saturday morning!

Loki092017 199x240 Seed Stitch

Unobtainables

I got an interesting book to review in the mail this week:

Cover091417 180x240 Unobtainables

This is Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits by Allison Sarnoff & Heatherly Walker. The book contains 25 patterns that were inspired by fictional chemical elements.

The table of contents is a periodic table of the fictional chemical elements:

Elements091417 240x158 Unobtainables

Note that they are nicely color-coded to identify projects that are lace, texture, beaded, colorwork, or cabled.

You can view all 25 patterns here on Ravelry. The majority of the patterns are for socks, but there are also fingerless mitts/wristwarmers, shawls and scarves, and a cowl.

Some of my favorites:

Uru091417 160x240 Unobtainables

This is Uru — socks worked from fingering weight yarn (the yarn used for the same is The Periwinkle Sheep Sock Dream). Uru was the element used to create Thor’s hammer ,so i can only imagine that these socks will wear like iron!

Trinium091417 160x240 Unobtainables

Trinium is a pretty cabled cowl, worked from String Theory Caper Sock fingering weight yarn. The element trinium is an incredibly strong and lightweight alloy.

Adamantium091417 240x180 Unobtainables

Adamantium is a pattern for some nicely cabled fingerless mitts, and it is also the metal alloy that coats Wolverine’s skeleton. These mitts are worked from Indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock yarn.

The majority of the designs in the book are knit with fingering weight yarn (one is in laceweight and one in sportweight). The patterns are clearly written and charts are nice and big.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Wednesday September 20, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

In other news, Loki made a new friend.

Loki091717 240x180 Unobtainables