My current work in progress:

Ottar Hap Shawl, designed by Kate Davies, knit from Buachaille in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways, using a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) needle.

Lots of Ribbing

I finished the body of my Lila cardigan Friday night, and started the process of putting it together and picking up stitches for the ribbing.

First job, sew the shoulder seams. This is worsted weight cotton, and I know from experience that backstitching the shoulders together will make for a very thick unsightly seam. Mattress stitching is a possibility, but I don’t like doing that on the shoulders, which I consider “weight-bearing seams.”

What I decided to do was the pick up stitches along each shoulder line and attach via a three-needle bind-off. If I had thought about this when I was casting off in “stair steps” for the shoulder (to give it the desired slant), I would have done the shoulder shaping in short rows and kept the stitches live for the three-needle bind-off. But I didn’t, so instead I picked up stitches along the shoulder line of each piece and bound off purlwise with right sides together. The resulting seam:

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Not perfect, but I think it looks better that a backstitched seam would.

I picked up stitches and knit a cuff.

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I picked up stitches on the other sleeve, but have not yet worked the cuff. I decided to do the front bands/neck band next. So I spent a good part of Saturday picking up the 350+ stitches and got to work on the band.

This is the band with 10 of the needed 16 rows done. So far so good!

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My plan for today is to finish the front band, and then get to work on the second sleeve cuff. I ought to be able to finish this tomorrow or Tuesday.

Loki sez:

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“I am taking a selfie with Momma!

August Camp Loopy Project

A couple of blog posts age I showed you a photo of my yarn for my August Camp Loopy project: Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton in the Mediterranean colorway. Here is what it is growing up to become:

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This is Lila, a short sleeve cardigan designed by Sarah Hatton. It was the free pattern in Rowan’s June newsletter, and you can download a free copy of the pattern via Ravelry, here.

TheBlue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton is lovely to work with and the color is gorgeous. This photo is a pretty accurate depiction of the color.

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Loki says:

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“All hail King Loki!”

Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, my BFF L-B and I took a road trip to Martinsburg, WV to pick up this little guy:

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Today is our 4-year Loki-versary! It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since this ball o’ floof came to live with me. He was two years old when I adopted him — he had his 6th birthday this past April.

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He is the personification of Ragdoll traits, happy to flop down anywhere and fall asleep.

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He also loves to nap in my Hinza Tote.

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I purchased it from The Loopy Ewe to use as, well, a tote bag. But Loki has commandeered it for himself.

At night he sleeps on top of the dresser by my bed so he can keep tabs on me during the night.

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Tonight he’ll get a new toy, and lots of kisses and snuggles!

July Update

Blog updates have been thin on the ground due to the nature of my current knitting: secret.

But I did a bit of sewing last week:

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Julie is pleased to be modeling her 1970s peasant top.

On Tuesday, I can start working on my August Camp Loopy project. Here’s the yarn:

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And of course, Loki is overseeing everything.

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Stealth

The Random Number Generator selected Monica Cortada to win a copy of Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Monica has been emailed. A big thank you to Interweave for not only sending me the review copy butoffering this second copy for the giveaway!

Right now I am between Camp Loopy projects. I finished my July project, and I can’t start my August project until next month. So I am working on a stealth project which is fun and challenging and satisfying, but makes for dull blog posts.

It is also cumbersome, so I am not schlepping it to work every day to work on during lunch. I stopped knitting on the train years ago because it’s too uncomfortable, so that leaves a few stolen minutes during my lunch break for knitting. I usually end up with 15 minutes or less knitting time during lunch, so it’s not worth bringing something large or complex. So I am working on this during lunch:

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(Pen included for scale).

This is a wee sweater sized for an American Girl doll. It’s the Caithness Cardi, designed by Patricia Renwick, available for sale on Ravelry. I am knitting mine from some Wollmeise blend I had left over from another project. I’m knitting the pattern as written, except I have made the side cables mirror image of each other rather than twisting them in the same direction.

It’s a fun and easy pattern and I like that I can make visible progress even though I am only knitting on it a few minutes a few times a week.

Why It is Hard for Me to Leave for Work in the Morning

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“Don’t go, Momma!”