My current work in progress:

Aspen, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Elsa Wool Woolen Spun Worsted Weight Cormo

Finally

My internet connection was out all day until just a little while ago, so this blog post is rather late. But better late than never.

Here is the back of Aspen, just a few rows from shoulder shaping. I ought to be able to finish it tonight!

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And here is what I did today.

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A 1940s style dress for the little redheaded doll. I love the fabric — it looks nice with her red hair.

This is a somewhat rude photo, but I wanted to show you that the dress has an attached petticoat and that I made her panties, too!

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Here is what Loki did for most of the day!

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We Interrupt This Knitting Blog

I have done some knitting, but my progress is less than usual:

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I have taken a bit of a detour lately. Sewing!

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This little dress is made from vintage Liberty of London cotton and lace. I sewed the entire dress by hand, in two evening last week. No knitting took place.

And today I made this:

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Doll jammies! The fabric is a sweet cotton print I found on Etsy, and they are trimmed with lace and red soutache braid. I used my sewing machine to make the jammies.

This evening I return to knitting. But there is a lot more sewing in my future.

Loki doesn’t know how he feels about that.

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Mega Cables

My love affair with big chunky cables continues!

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The photos here have a golden glow because I took them last night without a flash, and the artificial light has wreaked havoc with the actual color of the piece.

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This is the actual color of the yarn (photo lifted from the Elsa Wool website — it’s the medium grey woolen-spun worsted weight Cormo here). It is grey, but a grey with a brownish cast to it, and I think it is a lovely color. It shows the cables nicely, too. If you look at the photos of my work in progress from the last blog post, you’ll see that they are far more true to color.

This project is called a robe, but I am going to use mine as a coat. It is a bit longer than knee-length on the model, and I’m lopping a couple of inches off the length. I started by doing a bit less ribbing, and I am doing my a-line decreases at a slightly faster rate. Right now my back piece measures around 21″ and I think I will knit to 29 or 30 inches before the armhole shaping.

While I knit, the Little Prince relaxes.

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I love this photo of him, basking in a golden glow.

Super Bowl Knitting

The Super Bowl takes place tonight and I have what I think is the perfect Super Bowl knitting project:

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This is the start of Michele Wang’s Aspen — a project that the designer calls a knitted robe, but I am calling it a knitted coat. Either way, it is a riot of complex cable motifs!

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I am knitting mine from one of my very favorite yarns: Elsa Wool Cormo. I am using Woolen Spum Worsted in a medium sheep’s grey. This grey has a lot of brown in it, and it is working perfectly with the pattern. I’m using the suggested needles, a U.S. size 6 and 8.

The pattern is very entertaining. While the cables look gloriously complex, there is nothing particularly complex in any of them. One set of cables is asymmetrical, and the three main cable motifs all have a different number of rows per repeat, and they are not divisible by each other (like 1 6, 12, and 24 row set). This means one does have to pay close attention to what row you are on. But that’s okay — a row counter takes care of everything!

Loki is primping to make make sure he is looking his best for our private Super Bowl viewing party later!

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Twice As Nice

We are seeing double!

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No, nothing wrong with your vision: I knit two of them. From the back:

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These are Bohus cardigans for an 18″ doll: this pattern. I knit these using a gradient set of yarns for the colorwork — all shades of blue — and added some leftover tan yarn I had on hand. The gradient set for the colorwork and the off-white yarn for the body came from June Pryce Fiber Arts: “Plum Panda” Fingering: 3ply 60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon.

Here is one of the cardigans on a model:

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I think it looks very nice on her! The sweater definitely looks better on the doll than laid out flat.

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And once more, that back:

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And Loki slept through the whole modeling session!

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