My current work in progress:

1. Chloe, designed by Amy Miller, knit from Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran in the "Peacock" colorway on U.S. size 6 and 8 needles.
2. Birka, designed by Saga Hein, knit from Woolfolk FÅR in colorway #6, on U.S. size 6 and 7 needles.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

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I recently was sent a lovely little gift bag of Cleckheaton yarn:

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This a special new yarn, Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton. This yarn is made in Australia from 100% Australian superfine merino sheep.

Inside the bag was a cute hat kit and the yarn to knit it:

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The yarn is, as advertised, incredibly soft.

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I did a quick gauge swatch, and it is not only a dream to knit, it has wonderful stitch definition as well. It is an 8-ply yarn and is DK weight. The yarn is put up in 65-gram skeins with 130 meters per skein, and it comes in a very nice range of colors, which can be seen on the Cleckheaton website here. You can purchase the yarn online from that site for $10.37 (I assume these are Australian dollars, so at current conversion rates that’s $8.64 U.S. dollars), and you can also download the cute beanie pattern, free. That would make a great, quick holiday gift, doncha think?

Current Work in Progress

I am knitting along on my Woodfords Cardigan. I don’t have a recent WIP photo for you, but here is one from the other day:

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I am now at the point of joining the front to back at the bottom of the armhole, so I’ve done a bit more since that photo was taken. I am also working on a number of small projects, so I’m not being 100% faithful to this project.

Loki is helping, as usual.

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New Project

I’ve been working on a new project for the past week. It’s the Woodfords Cardigan, designed by Elizabeth Doherty and it is from Wool People Volume 8.

The original was made form Brooklyn Tweed Loft, but I wanted a softer yarn, so I opted for Madelinetosh Merino Light. I am using the “paper” colorway. Here’s my progress so far:

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This is not a design for beginners. It is such a clever design, worked in sections with lots of short rows for shaping. Because of this, the pattern is 12 pages long. That’s the top back completed, and one top side front completed as well, I’m just starting on the other top side front. So far, I have found the pattern directions to be flawless.

Onward.

Well, after we are done doing this.

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Squares

Thank you so much for all your nice comments about my Sanquhar Cowl! The pattern is now available for sale on Ravelry, here.

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For a limited time, until noon eastern time this Friday, December 5, the price of the pattern will be $3.00. After that time it will go up to its regular price of $5.00.

The design can be worked using any two colors of fingering weight wool. You just want to make sure you pick colors that have enough contrast to show the pattern to its best advantage. I do love it in black and white — I think that makes it particularly striking somehow.

Speaking of Squares

I have another book to review:

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This is The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs by Tracey Lord and it’s from Interweave. It’s available in both eBook and hardcopy formats, and if you follow the link above, you’ll see that it is on sale right now.

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The book is what is says: a collection of 365 motifs to crochet.

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The hard copy is spiral bound which makes it lie flat when in use. Each granny square pattern has its own page.

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As well as individual patterns for each of the 365 motifs, there is a very detailed how-to section in the front of the book with illustrated instructions for a number of different crochet stitches.

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There is also a lot of detailed instruction for joining squares.

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I showed this book to a young lady in my office who crochets, and her eyes lit up. She mentioned that she was working on a granny square scarf right now, and that this book would be a great source of inspiration for further scarves. Not to mention afghans and other items.

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My co-worker was so delighted with the book that rather than offer it up in a blog giveaway, I am passing it on to her. icon smile Squares

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 Loki would like to report that he is working on his winter coat. Being floofy is integral to his being!

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Sanquhar Cowl, Completed

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I finished my cowl on Friday night.

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I started by googling images of Sanquhar knitting, and then charting out individual patterns based on the old photos I found.

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I ended up with 7 “background” patterns and 7 “squares” pattern.

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My cowl is knit in the round, using Woolfolk Tynd yarn and a U.S. size 3 needle. I started with a provisional cast-on and upon completion I grafted the live stitches at each end together to make a big tube.

I worked each of my pattern charts twice so there is a total of 28 pattern panels.

The pattern will be available for sale on Ravelry soon.

Meanwhile, Loki reminds us that it is important to remain hydrated.

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More and More Sanquhar

The winners of my giveaway copies of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life are David, Kaye, and Robin, who have all been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

I continue knitting along on my Sanquhar Cowl.

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I’m between two-thirds and three-quarters done at this point. Still lots of knitting left! And I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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For those of you who are interested in Sanquhar knitting and its history, Tom of Holland posted a lot of great information about it in his blog last week.

Loki has been helping me with chores today. He is particularly good at helping changing the bed linens. So he is taking a well-deserved rest now!

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