My current work in progress:

1. Cowl, my own design, knit from Elsa Wool Woolen-Spun Fingering Weight Cormo in the "Cream" and "Dark Grey" colorways on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Maple Leaves

The design that I showed you a snippet of in my last blog post is this:

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This is my Maple Leaves Cowl, which is part of the KnitCircus Fall Collection 2015. You can check out all the designs in the lookbook on the KnitCircus website. You can purchase the pattern for this cowl on Ravelry.

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The cowl is completely reversible, with a different design on the other side.

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It was made using a combination of a gradient and a kettle-dyed semi-solid yarn. You can purchase kits to make the cowl from KnitCircus. (As I write this I see that they are out of stock on the kits, but I’m sure they’ll be back with more yarn soon.)

This is a design that looks a lot more difficult than it really is to knit so if you are a colorwork newbie, don’t be intimidated. It’s a fun project and goes pretty quickly.

All of the photos of the Maple Leaves Cowl shown here are by Connie Ward.

My Cormo Cardi

I’m making good progress on the cardi I’ve been working on. The body is done. I attached the shoulder via a three-needle bind-off.

And I picked up 378 stitches around the fronts and the neck and am slogging through a lot of 2×2 ribbing. There’ll be a total of 4″ of it, and I currently have less than 2″, so I have a way to go.

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I also started a sleeve.

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The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects By Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest is KathyH, who has been emailed. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

I’ll have another great book to review and a giveaway on Wednesday so please stop by then.

Now I need to go play with this little guy, who is impatiently waiting for me!

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The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting

I have another great book to review for you:

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This is The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects By Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest, Interweave/F+W; $26.99.

This book contains 40 different slip stitch patterns, so it is in part a stitch dictionary. It also has 16 lovely patterns that incorporate slip-stitch patterns: 6 garments, 2 vests, and 8 accessories.

The book starts with some how-tos — different ways of slipping stitches and what you do with the working yarn when you slip. And there’s information on horizontal, vertical, and diagonal slipping. Pretty much everything you could possibly need to know about slip-stitch knitting.

For the actual stitch patterns in the stitch dictionary portion of the book, they are both written out row by row and charted, and there is a good explanation of how to read the charts.

There’s lots of other information you need: guidelines on gauge, working in the round versus flat, yarn choices, color choices.

The next section of the book is about traditional slip stitches, with a number of different stitch patterns, and some projects. My favorite project from this section is the Bordo Shawl, which is worked in fingering weight yarn in two colors.

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The next section features Woven slip stitches and again has a number of different stitch patterns and then some projects. My favorite project in this section is the Gobelen Bag, which I really, really want! It’s knit from worsted weight wool in a variety of colors.

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Did I mention that I want it?

The next stitch Section is Fancy slip-stitch. My favorite pattern here: The Nebo Pullover. The sleeves are worked in a slip-stitch pattern, the cables incorporate slipped stitches and the edging is worked in a slipped rib, so there is a lot of slipping going on! It’s nicely fitted and is worked in a sportweight yarn.

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Last is Reversible slip-stitch. I love the Siska Hat, which would work up very quickly in worsted weight yarn.

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In the back of the book is a lot of useful information, including abbreviations, and an illustrated glossary of techniques.

This is a great book — not only does it have a nice array of pretty patterns, but it is a great stitch dictionary for a lot of different slipped stitch patterns. And it contains a lot of useful how-to information.

You can take a look at all 16 patterns on Ravelry.

Who wants my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing for my copy of The Art of Slip-stitch Knitting: Techniques, Stitches, Projects by Faina Goberstein & Simona Merchant-Dest, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Are You Ready for Autumn?

I am!

Earlier this summer I worked on something delightfully autumnal in collaboration with KnitCircus Yarns, and it is going to be released very soon. Want a hint? Here you go:

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That’s not much of a hint, is it? Here’s another peak:

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All will be revealed in a few days!

Meanwhile . . .

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Loki say relax!

Jacket Progress

First of all, the winner of my review copy of A Dozen Beanies for Baby: Quick Knits for the Little Ones is Kathie, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I have another great book to review, so come back on Wednesday for that.

I’ve made some nice progress on my jacket. Here is a very hastily shot photo of the back. Hastily shot because of the little someone whose blurry image can be seen at the top of the photo.

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I would rather he did not re-knit this to his specifications so he was removed very shortly after the photo was taken.

And here is the left side front, close to completion:

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It is not fully half the width of the back because there will be fairly deep ribbed front bands. I am planning on putting a separating zipper in the front rather than using buttons and buttonholes.

Now I need to return to this little guy:

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A Dozen Beanies for Baby

I have here a review copy of another great book from Annie’s Knitting:

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This is A Dozen Beanies for Baby: Quick Knits for the Little Ones. Here’s the back cover, which shows the other 5 hats:

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This little book is 32 pages long and is available either in hardcopy or as a pdf download — the link to buy is in the title above. I think all the hats are pretty darn cute, and would make great quick gifts.

The patterns (with one exception that is knit in sport weight yarn) are for DK though aran weight, so they will kit up very quickly. The yarns used are all from well-known companies (Plymouth, Cascade, Berroco, Sirdar) and you could easily sub different yarns.

Each pattern has a difficulty rating and all patterns are clear and seem to be easy to follow. There is a nice illustrated how-to section in the back.

Now, I don’t have any babies to knit for, but maybe you do? If you would like to be entered in a drawing to receive my review (hard) copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM Eastern time, sunday, September 13, 2015. At that time we’ll select a winner at random.

Meanwhile . . .

I am making nice progress on the back of my sweater/jacket:

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I took this photo last night so it is a bit darker than the photos from the last blog post. The true color is somewhere between the two.

And here is the Little Prince, fast asleep atop one of the dressers in my bedroom:

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I have three dressers in my bedroom, and Loki has required that I clear off two of them (along with my nightstand) for his exclusive use. He is trying to gain control of the third dresser, but I am doing my best at resisting him. We refer to this as “The Battle of the Third Dresser.”

Labor Day Weekend

We’re in the middle of a holiday weekend here, and that means only one thing: knitting progress!

On Friday I finished Alodia.

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It’s not particularly easy to photograph, but I m very happy with it. I used Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted in the Eucalyptus colorway. At first I was unsure of how well the slight variegation in the yarn would work with the fairly complex cable pattern, but I am very happy with the results. It looks like stonewashed jeans, I think!

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On to the next project, this being knit from the lovely natural grey Cormo I showed in my last blog post:

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This is going to be a jacket of my own design. I love the cables and traveling stitches in this yarn!

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Loki has his own ideas about holiday weekends and what they are for.

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