My current work in progress:

Plaid Cowl, my own design, knit from Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool, using 3.75mm.

April 8

How’s that for a compelling blog post title?

Thank you for all the good wishes for my blogiversary. Blogs are really a thing of the past at this point, yet I continue to write mine from time to time. I guess that makes me a thing of the past too, huh? I do post almost every day on my Instagram account where I am @wendy_knits, so do feel free to follow me there. Most of those posts are Loki-related, but I’m trying to make an effort to post more knitting content there.

Speaking of knitting content . . .

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That is the front left quadrant of my Rose Cardigan, which I completed yesterday. I started on the third quadrant:

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This is such a fun knit — there are enough different things going on at the same time to keep it interesting!

Now I need to go play with this little guy:

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He has been waiting patiently!

Blogiversary

Today is my blogiversary! Sixteen years ago today I started writing this blog. Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

On to business . . .

The winners of a free pattern for Sandra C.’s lovely Mountain Peak Mitts are (by Ravelry ID):

  • wingmarion
  • milai
  • knittingrd
  • margvv

Each of these four lovely knitters has (or will shortly) receive a copy of Sandra C.’s lovely Mountain Peak Mitts pattern, 2 gifted from me, and 2 gifted from the designer herself. Thank you again, Sandra C., for your generosity!

Current Knitting

My current work in progress is Andrea Mowry’s gorgeous Rose Cardigan. as soon as I saw the pattern on Ravelry, I fell in love with it. I had some fun figuring out what yarn and colorways to use. I settled on Malabrigo Mechita, and picked out 4 colorways — shown in my last blog post.

Since then, I swapped out one of the colors as I found one that I think works better. This is the final line-up:

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From top to bottom, the colors are Sheri, Sirenas, Indiecita, and Ninfas.

And here is the first quadrant completed.

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I changed the rate of decrease at the top of the sleeve so I’d have a roomier sleeve, and more of a straight shoulder line. The Mechita yarn knit at the sportweight gauge (it is technically a fingering weight yarn) is gorgeous — it has a beautiful drape.

Speaking of beautiful . . .

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It’s Mister Paws!

Another Mountain Peak Giveaway!

The winners of last week’s pattern giveaway are, by Ravelry name:

  • hummandknit
  • sparky136
  • fancydear
  • geegaw

Each of these four lovely knitters has (or will shortly) receive a copy of Sandra C.’s lovely Mountain Peak Cowl pattern, 2 gifted from me, and 2 gifted from the designer herself. Thank you, Sandra C., for your generosity!

Didn’t win a pattern? You have another chance this week. This time, for Sandra C.’s matching Mountain Peak Mitts!

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These are the perfect mitts to go with your  Mountain Peak Cowl and Mountain Peak Hat, am I right? The ones pictured here were knit by me, last Saturday. In fact, I knit the pair in one evening. They are truly a fast and fun knit!

Would you like to win a copy of the pattern?

Sandra C and I are each offering 2 free copies of the Mountain Peak Mitts pattern to my readers for a total of 4 pattern in this giveaway. To enter, leave a comment on this post by noon eastern time next Sunday, April 1, 2018 (no fooling), and please remember to include your Ravelry username in your comment. We’ll select 4 commenters at random to receive a free copy of the pattern. Thank you again, Sandra C for offering up more copies of your lovely pattern!

It’s been Hat Week

This week I knit two hats. First, Lineate:

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I used Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Onyx and Green Dragon Yarns Sock in the Bermuda Bay colorway. I’ve had that skein of Green Dragon in my stash for a while — not exactly sure where I picked it up, but it comes from deep stash!

The second hat I knit was Luminosity:

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The background color is once again Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Onyx — the same skein as I used for Lineate (and I have only used about half that skein) and a bunch of mini skeins.

Both of these hats were a lot of fun!

And now I’ve started on something bigger . . .

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Loki would say hello, but he is just worn out from the excitement!

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Strathendrick and a Giveaway

Look!

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I finished Strathendrick Thursday evening. Here is a less artistically lit photo:

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The Strathendrick pattern is part of Kate Davies West Highland Way club and is worked in her own Milarrochy Tweed yarn. It is a very oversized sweater worked on 3.25mm needles, so this was a whole heckuva lot of knitting!

After completing Strathendrick, I finished up what I had been using as my commuter project. Remember my Mountain Peak Hat I knit earlier this year? I made the matching cowl!

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This is the Mountain Peak Cowl from designer Sandra C. I worked mine using one skein of Dream in Color Classy in the Grey Tabby colorway. The pattern calls for 250 yards of worsted wight yarn, and I used all but approximately 18 yards of the 250-yard skein.

Now for the Giveaway . . . 

Who’d like a free pattern for this lovely cowl? Sandra C and I are each offering 2 free copies of the Mountain Peak Cowl pattern to my readers . . . so that’s a total of 4 pattern we’ll bestow in this giveaway. To enter, leave a comment on this post by noon eastern time next Sunday, March 25, 2018, and include your Ravelry username in your comment. We’ll select 4 commenters at random to receive a free copy of the pattern. Thank you, Sandra C for offering up copies of your lovely pattern!

Meanwhile, here is Loki’s “I’m in Mommy’s lap and I am happy” face.

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Almost . . .

The winner of a copy of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is Laritza, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Meanwhile, I am coming down the homestretch on my Strathendrick.

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It is done apart from the bottom ribbing.

Here’s a closer view of the neckband:

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And of the shoulder seam:

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I did a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders, and worked it so the front and back were worked to the halfway point of the pattern repeat, so it flows nicely with no interruption in the pattern.

The bottom ribbing is going to take a while. You work the front and back separately to make a split ribbing. One thing I think should have been done in the pattern is to direct you to work one round of one color after doing the provisional cast-on at the bottom of the body, rather than jump right in and start the colorwork. Undoing a provisional cast-on on stranded colorwork is not fun.

Other than that, no problems. I’m looking forward to miles of twisted rib this week. At least I will be when Loki is not sitting in my lap!

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