My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm needles.

Archives for October 2017

Happy Halloween

“Nuff said.

Meh

Before the “Meh”

First things first, the winner of a copy of Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley is Jeannie Gray, who has been contacted. Thank you all for your comments on this great book!

Now . . . Meh

On to the “meh” portion of this blog post. I finished the Moth cardigan. And . . . I hate it. It is both unflattering and uncomfortable to wear. Couple that with a lousy pattern fraught with problems, it adds up to a big fat zero. I won’t bother to post a photo.

On to the Good

So I moved on, and finished One for the Books.

This is a free pattern by Martina Behm that she designed so one could knit a cover for her new 2018 Strickplaner. I ordered the planner kit, which included a skein of Schoppel Crazy Zauberball. I chose the “Flussbett” colorway.

The cover is knit all in one piece and is a genius of architecture. A fun and relatively easy project, and all you need to do at the end is weave in two ends and block. Because it is knit on the diagonal, you do need to block the cover. I put it on my planner and stretched out and pinned where needed with t-pins.

I am all ready to document my 2018 knitting projects. I may sneak my sewing projects into my knitting planner as well.

Speaking of sewing, I’ve made my Gotz dolls a couple of new outfits.

Vroni loves her Scottie dog skirt and blouse.

And Clara is in a little dress made from Liberty of London Tana Lawn.

Loki prefers to nap and channel-surf.

Knit Mitts

I have another book to show you today:

This is Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley. More than just a book of patterns, it gives you everything you need to make mittens and gloves to keep you hands warm and comfy.

The book contains everything you ever wanted to know about hand measurements: a chart of survey results for adult and child hand sizes (9 different measurements — hand circumference, length of each finger, etc.), info on measuring a hand, tips for working without measurements, making adjustments, etc.

Next up, a discussion of materials: choosing your yarn, knitting for warmth, incorporating linings, and a useful chart of yarn requirements.

The next section is all about techniques — gauge, working on different needle types (i.e. circulars, dpns), different cast-ons, thumb and finger techniques, and blocking.

Then come the patterns. Kate offers basic patterns for mittens and gloves, with lots of details and information on variations you can work.

Next up, a chapter on customization — adjusting a pattern to fit a baby, adjusting the length of the various parts of the mitten or glove, changing stitch patterns, and working in add-ons, like conductive thread (which any commute knows is pretty much a necessity these days!, adding a string to keep track of your mittens, and working a flip-top mitten.

The last chapter is a collection of patterns: 9 very pretty designs for mittens, mitts and gloves.

The appendix includes a stitch glossary and abbreviations used.

So if you are planning on making any sort of hand covering for the upcoming winter, this book has you covered!

Who’d like a copy? To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Meanwhile, Loki is being very helpful!

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!

See?

I love the period clothes!

 

But sometimes you have to slip in something contemporary.

And maybe a Halloween costume?

Or unicorn footie jammies!

Group photo!

Loki thinks I’ve lost my mind.

 

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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?

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