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.

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Find the Rainbow

After my last blog post, a couple of European readers wondered where to find the rainbow yarn I am using. I know of a couple of sources in Europe.

One is the first place from which I purchased Kauni: Astrid’s Dutch Obsessions. Located, not surprisingly, in the Netherlands, they ship worldwide.

The second comes from reader Pam in the UK: Scandinavian Knitting Design. A nice feature of this website is the Kauni Shade Map, where you can match up your multicolors with solid colors.

Here in the U.S., there are a number of retailers that sell it, my favorite being The Loopy Ewe.

Here’s my progress on the back of my coat:

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I haven’t quite decided how long to make it, but I do know that I’m not there yet.

It’s a cold rainy day here. Lucy is having brunch:

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Her fur is ruffled because I had just picked her up and in doing so mussed it. And food was more important than grooming at the moment!

Rainbow Wrap

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my Oregon accessories set. I can take no credit for choosing the colors, as it was a kit purchased from Virtual Yarns. I just followed the patterns.

Here’s something of my own design I’ve started:

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In my last blog post I had a photo of some yarn: some rainbow-colorway Kauni, and some solid black Kauni. I had the idea to make a rainbow-colored wrap.

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I sketched up a design and got to work. It’s going to be a rectangular shape. and to make the stranded knitting easier, I am knitting it in the round with a steek:

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That strip of checkerboard is the steek: 10 stitches where I alternate colors. I am knitting the wrap as a circular piece and when done I’ll cut down the middle of the checkerboard lengthwise to open the piece up into a flat rectangle.

Because the Kauni yarn is a hairy shetland-type wool, it is perfect for steeking and will not unravel when cut. I’ll steam block it after cutting, and that will slightly felt the ends, making it even further unravelable.

I’ll then pick up and knit an edging all the way around the rectangle.

I do love stranded colorwork. It’s one of my favorite things to do in knitting. Here, just for fun, is a photo that shows the inside/wrong side of the knitting.

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So this is my knitting future for a while. I have lots of yarn and plan to knit to 60″ long or so. I’m using a 3.25mm needle and getting 7 stitches and 8 rows to the inch, so it is fairly fine work.

In other news, I sucked it up and did my taxes and e-filed them today. Lucy finds this very stressful, so she is now resting!

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Second Camp Loopy Project

If it’s July (and it is — how did it get to be July already?) it is time for the second Camp Loopy Project! Here’s mine!

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This is Martina Behm’s Endless Rainbow, a really fun two-color garter stitch wrap. I am knitting mine from Shalimar Breathless in the Concord Grape and Fairy Dust colorways, using a U.S. size 3 needle.

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Most of the Endless Rainbows shown on Ravelry are using two colors with a lot of contrast. I thought it would be fun to knit a more subtle version, and so far I am liking it very much. There is enough contrast between the semi-solid Concord Grape and the variegated Fairy Dust so that it shows up, but the overall effect is quite subtle.

This pattern is a lot of fun to knit! There are long slogs of garter stitch as the piece grows, but they are broken up by the bits of contrast you insert every few rows. The little triangles of the variegated color are created by knitting back and forth and increasing on one end of the knitting, and Martina has a neat little trick with a crochet hook to bring the solid yarn not in use back to the end of the row after the triangle is created. She has even created a little video to demonstrate the trick — it is linked to in the pattern.

So I needed a crochet hook. Since the yarn I’m using is fingering weight, I needed a pretty small one. I dug this out of my knitting accessories:

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Isn’t it cute? The hook is 2.75mm and it works perfectly. What is also nice is that I can clip it onto my yarn keeper so it is always with the project!

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You can purchase this hook from The Loopy Ewe. And if you search for “mini crochet hook” on etsy, you’ll find ones for sale that are similar. I actually have several — they were sent to me as part of yarn club packages, and I’m sure I bought one or two myself. I keep one on my keyring because you never know when you’ll need a wee crochet hook!

WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014

In case you missed the announcement, there is plenty of time to get your pattern and get ready for my summer KAL. The KAL starts July 12, and if you buy the pattern before the 12th, it is $3.00, going up to regular price of $5.00 on the 12th, the start date. You can purchase the pattern here. And there is already a lot of fun and conversation about the project going on in my Ravelry group here!

Loki is resting up for the holiday weekend.

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Flung

First of all, I need to announce the winner of my review copy of the book This Belongs to Me: Cool Ways to Personalize Your Stuff by Anna Wray. The Random Number Generator chose Angie, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to be entered in the contest. Keep reading, because I’ll have more books and products to review and give away!

I attended and taught at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling at the end of last week and was fortunate to travel to and from Colorado in-between snow events. It was the first Colorado fling, and my first visit to Loopy in Colorado. A good time was had by all and I was as usual too busy teaching to do anything like take photos.

I designed a shawl pattern as a gift for the attendees, and now that they all have copies, I have offered it for sale on Ravelry. You can find my sideways short-row shaped shawl, Colorado Spring, here.

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Contrary to my usual modus operandi, I did knit on the plane so managed a fair bit of progress on Viajante.

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In answer to a question in the comments, the rainbow colorway is colorway “EQ.”  In the same comment my opinion was asked about who has the best selection and price for Kauni yarns — my answer is that I don’t know. What I do know is that the rainbow colorway is pretty popular and tends to sell out first.

In response to another comment, yes, my mouse is on the left side of the computer and yes, I am indeed left-handed!

Here is a close-up of the increases.

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I am doing my increases for Viajante by knitting to 1 stitch before the center stitch, then I knit in the front and back of that stitch, and then again in the front and back of the center stitch. It makes a pretty increase, I think.

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Apparently Lucy missed me and sulked while I was gone. I was very happy to return home to her. Happiness is a purring kitty!

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The Threes Have It

I am almost all the way through one repeat of the color changes in my rainbow colorway Kauni yarn.

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At this point, the piece measures 21″. The skein of rainbow Kauni I am using weighed 264 grams before I started knitting, and as I wound it, I noted that it contained three complete repeats of the rainbow of colors. I weighted the skein at this point, and it weighs 180 grams. So I am right on target here. I have a third of the length of the piece done, I’ve used one of three colorway repeats, and have used almost a third of the yarn by weight.

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I love it when things work out.

The foreground yarn, the black Kauni, is put up in 150-gram skeins. I know I’ll need two of them, and mot likely part of a third skein, since I am going to work the edge in black

Because this piece is a bit too large to easily carry to work I am going to wind up this yarn and start a smaller project.

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Lucy can’t wait to find out what it is going to become!

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Well, that might be an exaggeration.