My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

Stealth

The Random Number Generator selected Monica Cortada to win a copy of Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Monica has been emailed. A big thank you to Interweave for not only sending me the review copy butoffering this second copy for the giveaway!

Right now I am between Camp Loopy projects. I finished my July project, and I can’t start my August project until next month. So I am working on a stealth project which is fun and challenging and satisfying, but makes for dull blog posts.

It is also cumbersome, so I am not schlepping it to work every day to work on during lunch. I stopped knitting on the train years ago because it’s too uncomfortable, so that leaves a few stolen minutes during my lunch break for knitting. I usually end up with 15 minutes or less knitting time during lunch, so it’s not worth bringing something large or complex. So I am working on this during lunch:

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(Pen included for scale).

This is a wee sweater sized for an American Girl doll. It’s the Caithness Cardi, designed by Patricia Renwick, available for sale on Ravelry. I am knitting mine from some Wollmeise blend I had left over from another project. I’m knitting the pattern as written, except I have made the side cables mirror image of each other rather than twisting them in the same direction.

It’s a fun and easy pattern and I like that I can make visible progress even though I am only knitting on it a few minutes a few times a week.

Why It is Hard for Me to Leave for Work in the Morning

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“Don’t go, Momma!”

Alterknit Stitch Dictionary

I have another great book for review:

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This is Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Published by Interweave, it’s a 164-page hardcover book due out August 10. As you can deduce from the title, it contains 200 stranded colorwork motifs. They are described as being new and non-traditional. Some are geometric, some are based on “things,” some on animals, some on natural eelements, some on man-made and architectural elements. It’s a great collection that will help you with your own original creations. Or perhaps you want to switch out a motif in a pattern for something fresh and new.

Each motif is shown in a color chart and as a knitted swatch.

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In addition to the dictionary of motifs, there are helpful how-to sections: choosing yarns and colors and color dominance, holding your yarn, dealing with floats,  swatching, reading charts, working steeks, and more.

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And there are also some fun patterns that incorporate motifs. There are five patterns, for a beanie, mittens, a cowl, a pullover, and a cardigan.

This is the “Bikey Beanie:”

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“Deep Ocean Mittens:”

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And “Skull and Crossbones Pullover.”

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All in all, a great book: how-tos, charts for motifs, and patterns for a few very cute projects.

Who’s like a copy? Interweave has generously offered a second copy for one of my readers. To be entered in the giveaway for this great book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and a winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Loki is settling down for an afternoon of what he does best: supervising my every move!

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Seawall

I took a couple of days off after the July 4 holiday. The result? A finished Camp Loopy July project:

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This is Seawall, a scarf designed by Louise Zass-Bangham. I knit mine from Blue Sky Fibers Alpaca Silk. The scarf is double-sided. Here is the other side:

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This was a very fun knit — there are a bunch of different elements so as soon as I got bored with one section, there was a new section to knit.

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And here is Loki, demonstrating “Long Kitty.”

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Ottar Hap

I finished my Ottar Hap at the end of last week.

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It was a very enjoyable knit, nothing difficult about it, so great to work on while watching television.

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I purchased the yarn as a kit from Kate Davies Designs. I only did 5 sets of stripes instead of 6 because I ran out of the white yarn.

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I had 20 grams of green left over, so I think my skein of white had to have been underweight, as I used the same amount of green and white. I’m not overly concerned because the shawl easily blocked out to size (just steam blocking it) with 5 sets of stripes instead of 6.

Now I need to tuck it away until next winter.

I am currently working on my Camp Loopy July project. Here are the accent colors being used:

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More next time!

Loki is working on a nap here:

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