My current work in progress:

Rose Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Wollmeise Blend, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Collared!

I’ve been working along on my Comfort Fade Cardi and last night I finished the body! What remains to be done are the sleeves, and the collar/front bands.

The pattern directs you to work the sleeves, then the collar, but I’ve decided to do these in reverse order. So last night/this morning I picked up the many stitches needed to work the front bands/collar. This design has a shawl collar that is shaped by working short rows.

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I added some length to my cardi, so I needed to pick up more stitches than the pattern directs down each front edge. This of course messes up the directions for working the short rows. I needed an extra 34 stitches picked up on each side front. To keep myself from getting thoroughly confused, I placed a marker on each side so that the bottom 34 stitches on each side front are separated. This will make it easier for me to follow the instructions for the short rows. I’ll knit 34, then follow the directions for the first row. We’ll see if I can do this without completely messing things up!

I am hoping to get the collar at least close to completion before August 1 because on August 1 I will set this project aside to start on my August Camp Loopy project. I’d like to be leaving the Comfort Fade Cardi at an obvious stopping point. We shall see.

Loki says:

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Oh, hai!

Just for Kicks

Thanks for the great response to my Plaid Cowl pattern. In my giveaway, I’ve sent free copies to the following Ravelry IDs: catspawlace, pac300, kittymo, tarotemp, wooliechin, and durhampa.

A couple of weeks ago I received a review copy of a new book:

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This is Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz, due out August 7, 2018 from Sixth&Spring Books. As you can no doubt guess, the book contains patterns for 16 knitted baby shoes.

The patterns are simply adorable. You can see them all on Ravelry, here. Go! Look!

Are they not squee-worthy? I find it impossible to pick favorites, so I just picked three to show here:

Basketball Shoes

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Farmer Boots

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Moccasins

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Most of the designs are knit from Worsted or Aran weight yarn, with a few done in sport weight and one in DK weight. You will need some basic crochet knowledge, mostly for making crocheted chain shoelaces. Some of the designs have embellishments, like zippers, buckles, or hooks, but none of the patterns seem overly difficult to knit.

I usually give away my review copies, but I already have a recipient in mind for this book — my newbie knitter colleague who has a new little nephew. She is finishing up her first sweater for the little guy, and he will need knitted shoes! Here is the sweater she is making him:

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This is a combination of two different patterns that I morphed together for her. She is doing a great job — before this, she has knit only simple hats!

I’m still knitting too, by the way.

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I’m knitting away on a Comfort Fade Cardi. I’m knitting mine from Miss Babs Kaweah DK weight wool in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways. This will not be completed before August 1, so I will set it aside to knit my August Camp Loopy project and return to it after that is completed.

Always good to have a plan.

Thank you for the get well wishes! My foot is on the mend, I am pleased to report. After a visit to an orthopedic surgeon I discovered that it was both sprained and broken, so yeah, double the fun.

Loki is being a good little nurse, ever vigilant, looking out for me.

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Now Available! Plaid Cowl Pattern

Fir the first time in a very long time, I’ve released a new pattern: the Plaid Cowl.

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It is available for sale in my Ravelry store, here. The pattern is written in two sizes and beyond that is is very easy to change the size to suit your fancy — full instructions for doing so are in the pattern. Here’s the smaller size:

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In celebration of having released a new pattern for the first tie in forever, I’m selling it at the reduced price of $3.00 for the first week. Next Sunday (July 22) the price will go up to $5.00.

Here is an incentive for you to feel sorry for me and purchase my pattern:

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I broke my foot on Wednesday morning. Just kidding about the “feel sorry for me and buy my pattern” bit. Well, you can still feel sorry for me and you can still buy my pattern. But you know what I mean.

Fortunately it is a “simple” break so no surgery or anything necessary. It just needs time and rest.

My little nurse is worn out from taking care of me.

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I’m going to give away a few copies of the Plaid Cowl pattern. To enter to win a copy, you need to do this:

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what colors you would use to make the cowl, and also tell me your Ravelry name. I’ll give away several copies throughout this coming week, so be sure to comment before next Sunday!

Persistence

It’s amazing what you can achieve with some persistence. Well, persistence and some days off from work where I did nothing but knit.

Behold:

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My Goldfish Memory Shawl. (Cat added for scale.)

Knit from Hedgehog Fibres Sock in three colorways: Nutmeg, Guppy, and Copper Penny.

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Here’s what I had left over when done.

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I calculate that I used approximately 1184 yards. I did extra repeats in the last three sections to use more yarn. I could have used up more, but I was afraid I’d end up with an overly huge shawl.

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As it is, it is 104″ long by 22″ wide.

Here it is:

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Piece:

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by:

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Piece:

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I think I’m all set for next winter with warm snuggly shawls!

Speaking of warm and snuggly:

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July

It’s July 1 and that means one thing:

July Camp Loopy project time! I am knitting Casapinka’s Goldfish Memory Shawl out of Hedgehog Fibres Sock:

The three colorways are Nutmeg, Guppy, and Copper Penny.

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The shawl consists of a lot of different stitches and textures in different sections. Here is the first section:

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In other news, I got my copy of the newest Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide yesterday.

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Check it out — some cute patterns there! I love the Sail-Awat Shawl, and the cute Bodhi Leaf Washcloth looks like something I’ll need to knit multiple times. I’ve got lots of leftover Euroflax linen that will be perfect for it.

In other news, Loki still has impressive toe floof!

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