My current work in progress:

1. Boxy, designed by Joji Locatelli, knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the "Polar Sea" colorway on U.S. size 4 needles.
2. Fine Sand, designed by Heidi Kirrmaier, knit from Rowan Creative Linen in the "Ochre" colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

New Knits

I’ve set my Boxy to one side temporarily because I want to give Jennifer a chance to catch up to me a bit in our mini-KAL. Since I won’t be wanting to wear it until well into next winter, I’m in no hurry to finish it. This is definitely a process knit.

So I started something new.

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This is The Joker and the Thief — a new shawl design by Melanie Berg. I am knitting mine from a Sunshine Yarns kit in one of the many color choices put together for this shawl. It was no contest for me: I picked option #13, which has a main color of Charcoal, and the “Bag of Limes” gradient set.

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The shawl is a very fun knit. There is nothing terribly difficult about it — even the “Indian Cross-stitch” which looks complex is actually quite easy to execute.

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It is a very entertaining knit, even though it is quite easy, because you keep switching between the two different stitch pattern sections and work in a progression of gradients. I do love a gradient!

In other news, the last clue of the Outlander MKAL shawl was delivered yesterday so I finished my shawl. No spoiler pix here, but you can see my finished shawl on my Ravelry project page.

And as always, Loki supervises everything I do.

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A Quick Update

It’s been a busy week, so I don’t have time nor energy for a “real” blog post. So just a couple of updates.

My Boxy is growing. I got 150 rows done on the front of Boxy with one skein of Handmaiden Mini Maiden. Love high yardage skeins!

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My photo does not accurately show the color — it is much deeper in real life.

Dottie and Inga are trying on their new dresses for May and wanted you to see them.

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And Loki has a public service announcement:

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“Be sure to get at least 18 hours of sleep daily!”

Boxy Progress

First of all, the winner of the Defarge Does Shakespeare eBook  is Leslie in MA, who has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

I’ve made some good progress on Boxy this week. And I finally have a photo that shows the color pretty accurately.

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The Handmaiden Mini Maiden makes the most gorgeous knitted fabric. This is knit at a slightly looser gauge than recommended for a fingering weight yarn (23 stitches to 4 inches) and the result is a lovely soft drapey fabric. Makes it very fun to knit!

And Loki likes to keep an eye on me while I knit!

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“Whassup??!!”

Defarge Does Shakespeare

I’ve got another fun book to review: Defarge Does Shakespeare, edited by Heather Ordover.

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That link takes you to the paperback version on Amazon.com, but it is also available as an ebook that you can purchase via Ravelry, here.

This is the latest in the “Defarge” series of knitting compilations, the third compilation on the them, preceded by What Would Madame Defarge Knit and What (Else) Would Madame Defarge Knit. The two previous books had some great patterns, and this third book is happily following in that tradition.

There are 29 patterns for a wide variety of items, and I found quite a few patterns that I loved. You can view them all on Ravelry here.

Some of my favorites:

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This is Lady M, designed by Mari Chiba. It is knit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport and is available in a nice wide range of sizes.

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Ophelia’s Garden Mittens are designed by Rosemary Cox and featured dainty colorwork flowers, worked from Knit Picks Palette fingering weight wool.

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Midsummer’s Evening Wrap by Meg Warren is knit from Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl, a merino/tencel fingering weight yarn. It’s a great pattern for a lace newbie — relatively easy to knit with spectacular results.

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Viola’s Stockings by Sarah Jordan are top-down socks with beaded cuffs, knit from Cascade Heritage Silk fingering weight yarn.

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Diamonds in the Ruff by Wendy McDonnell is a sweet lace collar, knit from Yarn Fairy Fairy Lace, a lace weight merino.

There are multiple good clear photos of each of the projects, nice big clear charts, and essays from the designers about their inspiration for their designs.

I’ve been authorised to offer a copy of the ebook in a giveaway — who’d like it?

To enter the giveaway for the Defarge Does Shakespeare ebook, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday April 26. A winner will be selected at random at the time.

Boxy!

Both Jennifer and I have cast on our Boxy projects and are knitting along. I started mine a few days before she did, and here is my progress:

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One of these days I’ll get a photo that accurately depicts the richness of the color. Here is Jennifer’s:

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Jennifer is using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Dustbowl colorway. I love how her yarn is knitting up!

I am using Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the Polar Sea colorway, and I love how my colorway is knitting up too!

While my stitch gauge is spot on, my row gauge is compressed. That is, I need to knit more rows to achieve gauge. That’s not a problem as I have plenty of this yarn.

Both Jennifer and I are doing the seamed version. I prefer to have side seams in my knits for the structure they add to a garment, and because this is Jennifer’s first sweater, I advised her to do the seamed version for two reasons. First, knitting it in the round would mean a lot of stitches on the needle and psychologically that can be overwhelming! I always think that knitting in pieces goes faster because you can see more progress. Second, it’s a good opportunity for her to learn how to seam a sweater, as this is her first sweater project.

Meanwhile at home, Loki pauses during play.

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Ropewalk

I finished my Ropewalk sweater the other day. And today I threw it in the washer and dryer, on a delicate cycle. Ta-da!

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I knit this from Berroco Indigo yarn, color #6410, a stonewashed blue. After its trip through the washer and dryer it softened up considerably, and did not shrink at all.

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The color is much more accurate in the first photo.

I spent most of the weekend working on the Outlander MKAL shawl. No spoiler photos here on the blog, but if you’d like to see mine, you can visit my Ravelry project page. There are photos there.

Now I am working on Boxy, being knit from this:

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And Loki is relaxing by the window!

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