My current work in progress:

The Shift, designed by Andrea Mowry, knit from Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool, using 3.75mm.

The Joy of Garter Stitch

I spent most of this past week on a non-public project, and when I finished that, I started this:

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This is Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, originally published in Jen Arnall-Culliford’s A Year of Techniques. It’s the design on the cover.

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, so into the stash room I ventured. I pulled these two gems from deep stash:

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Socks That Rock Heavyweight in the Spinel and Big Brain Blue colorways.

I started with a crochet provisional cast-on — you had a choice of that or of using Judy’s Magic Cast-on.

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The pattern calls for a U.S. size 8 needle, but I got gauge with a size 7. And here is my progress so far:

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After completing the knitting you graft the live stitches at the end to the cast-on stitches, hence the provisional cast-on.

It is a fun knit — mindless enough to work on while bing-watching a royal wedding, for example, but with some fun shaping to keep things interesting.

Here is my little prince, doing his best “smooshy face.”

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The Shift

Here’s what I did last week:

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This is The Shift, a cowl design by Andrea Mowry. I’ve turned into an Andrea Mowry fangirl, it seems. Her patterns are very well-written and her designs are pretty. What’s not to like?

I used Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool sportweight wool yarn in three green colorways: Deep Bump, Huldra, and Swerve. The cowl is worked flat and then seamed. Here it is lying flat:

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And the flip side, showing the back seam:

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The color is most accurate in the first photo. This was a very fun knit, and it took me just exactly a week to complete. I’m now working on a non-public project, but that should take me just a few days, and then I need to find a project that will last me to the end of May. Why is that? Because Camp Loopy starts on June 1! I’ve already picked out my June project and have my yarn. Do you?

Loki sez:

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there!

Rose Cardigan

I finished my Rose Cardigan Friday night:

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This was a very fun project with an interesting construction: it is knit in four quadrants, which are seamed together. It’s worked sideways, starting at the wrist, and incorporates 4 colorways, each one fading into the next. The pattern, available on Ravelry here, was very detailed and very well-written.

I increases the rate of increase on the sleeves so they would be a bit looser than the pattern directs. The only other mod I made was to pick up stitches along the back neck, work a row, then bind off to add some stability to the neck before attaching the neckband.

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So all in all, a successful project, and I actually like the completed cardigan too!

Loki is calling me to play with him, so I’ll show you my new project next time.

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Rose Cardigan: Coming Together!

First of all, congratulations to Lauren Kowalczewski who is the winner of my giveaway of a copy of Wool Studio: The Knitwear Capsule Collection from Interweave. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

I have now entered the really fin part of my Rose Cardigan: the finishing bits! I’m doing it a bit differently than the pattern directs. You are supposed to sew the fronts to the back before picking up and knitting the ribbing, but I elected to do the ribbing on each piece separately:

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Now I’ll seam then together. After I finished the bottom ribbing on the two fronts and the back piece, I sewed one side front to the back along the top seam, and picked up the stitches for the cuff ribbing:

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I’m working the ribbing flat, then I’ll do the underarm/side seam. Then I’ll do the same for the other side.

After that, the front bands remain, and this will be done. I ought to have to complete by the end of the week. You know, just in time for really warm weather so I will have to put it away until next autumn.

Meanwhile, Loki is enjoying some educational television.

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Wool Studio: The Knitwear Capsule Collection

A couple of weeks ago I was offered a review copy of this:

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This is Wool Studio: The Knitwear Capsule Collection from Interweave, which came out last week. The editorial description of the book reads:

Wool Studio is a capsule collection for the modern knitter that features sophisticated, simple, and luxurious knitting designs.

That pretty much says it all. What a lovely collection of patterns! You can see all 21 patterns on Ravelry, here. These patterns are not new, but are curated from Interweave’s previous Wool Studio collections, which were digital only. This is the first Wool Studio available as a hard copy book.

And there is a lot to love! Some of my favorites:

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Provincetown Pullover by Amanda Bell is a loose-fitting cozy turtleneck knit in DK weight yarn. The pattern has a nice range of sizes. I love the extra ribbing detail at the neck.

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Susanna IC’s Malibu Cowl is also knit from DK weight yarn. It would be lovely in a tonal hand dyed yarn.

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Linda Marveng’s Brewster Cardigan (another one worked in DK weight) has a clever cowl incorporated as an extension of the collar (it can be omitted entirely if you prefer).

These are just a few. Which one is your favorite?

Tell me which design you like best in a comment by Sunday, April 29, 2018 at noon, and you will be entered in a drawing to win this lovely hardcover book of patterns.

Loki

Loki would like to thank everyone for your lovely birthday wishes. He had a great day. Here he is right after he opened his presents:

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No, he is not spoiled AT ALL.