My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Corrugated Shawl

This past week, I started a project from Mason-Dixon Knitting’s newest field guide (#5) Sequences: the Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro.

WIP121017 375x500 Corrugated Shawl

The piece is obviously not blocked. I am using the yarn called for in the pattern: Crave Caravan, which is a glorious mix of merino wool, cashmere, camel, and mulberry silk. It’s sportweight, with 354 yards per 100 gram skein. I’m using the Tilly colorway, a lovely chocolate brown, purchased from the Mason-Dixon Shop. I had a hard time choosing a color — the natural is beautiful, but I really wanted something darker but still neutral. I was a bit concerned that the stitch texture would not show up well on a darker yarn, but happily that is not a problem. The texture shows beautifully.

The photo above is washed out and does not show the true color. This is closer to reality:

Yarn121017 500x375 Corrugated Shawl

This pattern is addictive. It’s a sampler of 16 different texture patterns separated by stockinette and reverse stockinette spacers. I have just used up my first skein of yarn (it takes 4 skeins) and I am slightly more than 25% done, so it’s nice to know I’m right on track with my yarn usage.

The stitch patterns are simple, so it’s an easy knit. But it’s also a fun knit. The yarn is gorgeous and the texture of the stitch patterns show off the yarn to its best advantage. This will be a lovely warm wrap when completed.

Here is the Little Prince, ready to allow his subjects to approach and offer chin scritches.

Loki121017 500x375 Corrugated Shawl

Now if you will excuse me, I need to get back to my knitting and binge-watch something on television.

Busy Busy Busy

The winner of a copy of Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns is “Yooper in Mississippi” who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment and to Interweave for supplying my review copy and a second copy for the giveaway.

I have had an up-tick in knitting progress  this week. I finished my Land of Sweets Cowl.

LandofSweets120317 500x263 Busy Busy Busy

I used miniskeins from three different dyers, all purchased via Etsy.

LandofSweets120317a 500x375 Busy Busy Busy

I had enough yarn over to knit a hat:

Hat120317 500x476 Busy Busy Busy

I did not use a pattern — I just cast on 104 stitces, worked k2 p2 ribbing for 8 rounds, then worked in stripes of color in the same order I used them in my cowl — 3 rows per color. When the hat was 8″ from the cast-on edge, I did crown decreases. I popped a vegan fur pom pom on top and there you have it!

Then yesterday I saw Martina’s new handwarmer pattern, Tough & Toasty. While watching television last night I whipped out a one:

TandT120317 500x332 Busy Busy Busy

The palm:

Palm TandT120317 500x397 Busy Busy Busy

And then I knit the second one:

Pair120317 500x339 Busy Busy Busy

It is a very fast knit, and a very fun one, too/ The construction is genius! I used a skein of Buachaille in the “Haar” colorway and a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle.

So my needles have been a blur lately! Loki has retreated to his tote to stay out of the way of flying needles!

Loki120317 500x368 Busy Busy Busy

Plum Dandi Knits

I have a lovely book to review today. This:

Book112917 192x240 Plum Dandi Knits

This is Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, published by Interweave with a release date of November 30 — tomorrow. It’s a collection of 23 lovely patterns for sweaters and accessories.

Some of my favorites:

Keene112917 160x240 Plum Dandi Knits

Keene (by Alicia Plummer) is the cover sweater: a big cozy garment knit from bulky weight yarn. The sample is knit from Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Chunky. It’s knit in the round — a boone for  all who hate seaming!

Rockland112917 160x240 Plum Dandi Knits

Rockland (by Alicia Plummer) is a textured hat made from aran weight Blue Sky Fibers Extra. The pattern is a lovely honeycomb cable that works nicely in this design.

Mackinaw112917 160x240 Plum Dandi Knits

Mackinaw (by Melissa Schaschwary) is a big snuggly blanket/throw/wrap knit from Malabrigo Yarn Chunky. Cables for fun and bulky yarn for a fast knit!

 Plum Dandi Knits

Heyworth (by Melissa Schaschwary) is a lovely set of fingerless mitts worked in sportweight Augustbird Egret, which is a merino silk blend.

You can see all 23 designs here on Ravelry.

All of the patterns in this book give off a soft, comfy, cozy vibe — perfect for combatting winter chill.

Interweave has knidly offered a second copy as a giveaway to my readers. To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me which of the designs in the book is your favorite. I’ll select a winner at random on Sunday (December 3) at noon Eastern time.

Loki sez:

Loki112917 240x180 Plum Dandi Knits

I’m all about the snuggly!

Betty Mouat Cowl

After the long slog of knitting a cardigan, I wanted a “palate cleanser” — a quick knit for more or less immediate gratification. Last week I whipped out a cowl.

Cowl112617 500x375 Betty Mouat Cowl

This is based on Kate Davies pattern, the Betty Mouat Cowl. Instead of working two “sides” and grafting them together, I simply worked one long tube.

CowlFlat112617 375x500 Betty Mouat Cowl

I used a semisolid plus a rainbow gradient — well, half of a rainbow gradient. The yarn is a fingering weight merino/cashmere/nylon blend from Etsy seller Wanderlusthues. It’s a lovely soft yarn, just right for a cowl that is worn next to the skin.

I started another cowl.

WIP112617 500x375 Betty Mouat Cowl

This is Land of Sweets,  a cowl pattern that is part of Helen Stewart’s Knitvent 2017. The cowl takes 24 miniskeins of fingering weight yarn. I had a lot of fun picking out the miniskeins I wanted to use and putting them in order. Here they are:

Yarn112617 500x183 Betty Mouat Cowl

In other news, Loki is enjoying his crinkle tunnel!

Loki112617 500x305 Betty Mouat Cowl

 

Veronika

I am pleased to report that I have finished my Veronika Cardigan.

VeronikaFront111917 384x500 Veronika

It’s a cocoon-style cardi, so not that easy to photograph successfully, but hopefully you get the idea.

VeronikaBack111917 417x500 Veronika

Veronika is a pattern by Shannon Cook, and it’s a very well-written pattern, easy to follow. I used the same yarn as the designer: YOTH Daughter. I used the Black Truffle colorway, a lovely sooty black. Not the best choice for knitting in the evening in low light, but this is not a complex pattern so I had no problems.

I finished this Friday night and cast on for a quickie project.

Headband111917 500x263 Veronika

This is the Blue Angel Headband designed by Gretchen Tracy, a free pattern available via Ravelry. I used Malabrigo Rasta ultra-bulky yarn, in the Arequita colorway and a size U.S. 15 needle. I’m not overly fond of knitting at this gauge, but I put in a couple of hours and the result is this very cute warm headband that I am going to use quite often this winter.

And in Loki’s world, all is well!

Loki111917 500x375 Veronika