My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Yes, Knitted Shoes

My knitted shoes are done.

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To recap, I stumbled across a tutorial on how to knit your own shoes last month and couldn’t resist. I acquired a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and jumped in with both feet. (See what I did there?)

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I created paper templates for all the pieces that I had to knit and then created charts from my templates. I won’t go into detail on how the shoes were created, because that is covered in the tutorial I purchased.

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Mods — I left the area where the shoelace eyelets are “un-knit” because several people on Ravelry who created shoes using the tutorial mentioned how difficult it was to deal with the eyelets and grommets. Because my shoes are black and my background yarn is black, I think my solution works very well.

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I did a black i-cord edging all around the knitted portion of the shoe to give a nice finish.

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And I knit i-cord shoelaces out of the foreground color, just for fun!

I used Malabrigo Sock in “black” for the background and Fiberstory Fave in “Lagoon” for the foreground color. With a US size 3 (3.25mm) needle, I got a gauge of 8 stitches and 8 rows to the inch over my fair isle chart — this is my typical gauge for fairisle knit with fingering or jumperweight yarn.

I can’t see myself wearing these on a daily basis, but I may whip them out for any future knitting events I attend. icon smile Yes, Knitted Shoes

Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen is Beth G., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Loki

I made Loki a new wand toy last night — drilled a hole in a sturdy bamboo dowel and attached some heavy twine to it, with a little straw wheel at the other end.

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Loki pronounced it delectable, and played until he could play no more. Then it was naptime!

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Totes Adorbs

I was just sent another new booklet from Annie’s Knitting:

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This is Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen. It is available for sale via that link in either hardcopy or electronic format.

As the title of this blog post suggests, this book is totes adorbs!

There are patterns for six complete outfits — these are all shown on the back cover:

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For better photos of each design, you can view a larger photo of each at the Annie’s Knitting website. Click on the “See More Images” button to scroll through them all.

All outfits are knit using Caron Simply Soft Light yarn, which is a DK weight. You could, of course, sub another DK weight yarn, and if you have odds and ends left over from other projects, knitting these cute little outfits will put your leftovers to good use!

The overall skill level for the patterns is set at intermediate ad that seems about right to me. There are a lot of fiddly little bits to knit and a lot of colorwork, as well as some texture and lace. But the instructions look very detailed and even include clear schematics for each knitted item. And there is a hand “basics” section in the back of the book:

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On the front cover there is a little emblem advertising StitchGuide.com for those who need more help. That link takes you to a site created by Annie’s that has great tutorials and videos not just for knitting but for several needle crafts. Definitely worth checking out.

Because I have no 18″ dolls to knit for, I’m offering my review copy as a giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drswing to receive my review copy of Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 after which time a winner will be chosen at random.

Meanwhile . . .

I am working on my pour moi cardi — here’s the back in progress.

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And I knit the second clue of the Outlander MKAL on Saturday. There’s a photo on my project page in Ravelry.

Today I’m going to do some work on my knitted shoes — I’ve got all the main pieces knit up!

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Loki says he is ready and willing to help me with that!

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Knitted Shoes?

As I mentioned in past blog posts, I happened across this tutorial for knitted shoes on Ravelry a little while ago. This is just the sort of project that appeals to me, so before I knew it, I had a new pair of Chuck Taylors and some sock yarn, ready to go.

I purchased black shoes because I decided to do my pattern as a fair isle with a variegated foreground and a black background. I am using Malabrigo sock yarn for the black, and some lovely Fiberstory Fave sock yarn in the “Lagoon” colorway that The Loopy Ewe just started carrying.

I measured the shoes six ways to Sunday and developed my charts for each piece to be knitted. Because of the oddly-shaped pieces I needed to knit, I settled on a relatively small all-over pattern.

At this point I have the “tongues” for both shoes done, as well as the little strip that goes up the back. I’ve completed the left side for each shoe and am working on a right side.

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There will be a lot of i-cord to be knit to use as an edging around the knitted portions.

Will I ever wear knitted shoes? Unlikely. But this was a challenge I could not resist.

Another WIP

Because I didn’t want to have to schlep my shoes-in-progress to the office, I cast on for something else that is more easily transported.

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This is the start of pour moi, a lovely cardigan designed by Lori Versaci and I am knitting it . . . wait for it . . . pour moi.

I am using Wollmeise Merino DK in the Stella Polaris colorway and went down a needle size to get gauge — to a U.S. size 5 (3.75mm).

This has been pretty much commuter knitting only, so I don’t have much progress. Yet.

As an aside, it is possible to put a whole skein of Wollmeise Merino DK into a Chic-a single yarn keeper, but just barely. A skein has 468 yards so it makes a very large ball when wound. But I successfully jammed it in there. I always have my working yarn in one of these yarn keepers if at all possible.

Loki

Here is what Loki looks like in the mornings when I am getting ready for work.

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He lies on top of a dresser and oversees the process because clearly I need monitoring. I particularly like the one little arm hanging down in a casual manner.

I wear perfume every day. This morning after I applied fragrance (Chanel Coco) Loki stretched his neck out and sniffed me. Then he squinted and recoiled, looking disgusted. I guess he doesn’t like Chanel.

Seriously, though, he is not a fan of perfume. I expect that with the heightened sense of smell that cats have, it is a little overwhelming when first applied. I make a point of not getting too close to him right after I apply perfume but this morning he made the first move. icon smile Knitted Shoes?

 

Progress

I accomplished a lot of knitting this weekend. First of all, I finished my Camp Loopy III project, Brickless:

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This is a large piece, 120″ long on the top edge and 20″ deep at the deepest point.

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I think it turned out well — I an very happy with the combination of yarn and pattern.

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Next up, I completed Clue 1 of the Outlander MKAL . . . but no spoiler pics.

Third, I knit this:

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This is the “tongue” of my knitted shoe.

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Loki is speechless.

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So Much to Knit, So Little Time

The title of this blog post sums it up. Lately that’s the way I’ve been feeling. I see so many things I want to knit but the pesky day job is really getting in the way of getting a lot of knitting done. Of course, it is the pesky day job that pays for the yarn . . .

Here is my Brickless in progress:

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It is in a pile in that photo, but spread out, it is getting very, very long. As I knit it I was having doubts about it, so I took out my iron and steam-blocked the completed portion so I could get an idea of how it would look completed. Much better! This design is knit in strips of lace, garter stitch, and ribbing, so it really needs to be blocked to smooth out the lumps and bumps.

I am very happy with the Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag yarn, too. It is a lovely soft single-ply silk wool blend. It’s only 20% silk, but feels to me like more. I would have guessed it was a 50/50 blend. It steam-blocked beautifully too. I think a wrap like this is the perfect use for the yarn. It is very soft so seems like to wouldn’t work as well for a fitted garment. I don’t think it would hold its shape in a piece that required structure, or that it would wear terribly well, being so soft.

On Monday, I received this from Jimmy Beans Wool:

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This is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in two special colorways, Beauchamps and Fraser. (Fans of the Outlander series of novels will recognize those names immediately.) This yarn is for the Outlander MKAL that I plan on joining. Yeah, I typically have no interest in joining Mystery Knit-alongs but I looked at the designer’s other work and liked what I saw, so decided to take the plunge. I really love the colors of the yarn.

(The first episode of the new Starz “Outlander” series premiers this Saturday, August 9, but Starz made it available to watch free online and “on demand” last weekend. I watched. I enjoyed. I look forward to more!)

The other day I saw this on Ravelry. I am, of course, now obsessed with the idea of knitting shoes.

My New Knitter

I started my new knitter on the Easy Diagonal Scarf pattern I designed for her first project. Look at how great her knitting looks!

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This was done after maybe a week of practicing by knitting a swatch. I’m so proud of her! Look at how even her gauge is! The yarn is some Koigu Kersti that has been marinating in my stash for 10 years or so. She is using a U.S. size 6 needle.

The Loki Report

Loki is featured as the Ragdoll of the Week over at Floppycats.com. Check him out there! Meanwhile, at home, he has a new playhouse.

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I purchased it from Amazon.com (it’s this one). It’s made of cardboard and is shipped flat, so you put it together. No glue or tools needed, it’s all tabs and slots. Very cute, and Loki seems to like it. And it is roomy enough for all 13.5 pounds of him to fit easily inside.