My current work in progress:

1. Ropewalk, designed by Norah Gaughan, knit from Berroco Indigo in the "6410 Relaxed" colorway on U.S. size 6 and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Noro Lace

I have here a review copy of the newly published Noro Lace: 30 Exquisite Knits.

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As the title suggests, the book contains 30 patterns from a variety of designers. You can see all the designs on Ravelry, here. All the designs are made with Noro yarns, of course, and there are patterns include ones for hats, cowls, blankets, shawlettes, sweaters, gloves and accessories. A few of my favorites:

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Loop Mesh Scarf, designed by Amanda Blair Brown, is knit from Noro Silk Garden Sock. This pattern is very intriguing!

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The Tilted Blocks Scarf, designed by Cheryl Murray, is made from Noro Taiyo Aran – looks like it would knit up quickly and make a fabulous gift.

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The Cropped Cardi by Anna Davis is knit in Noro Silk Garden. The pattern is fairly easy, with simple lace and bobbles. I’d love this over a plain black dress.

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And the very cute Leaf Band Hat by Cheryl Murray is also knit in Noro Silk Garden. I love slouchy hats!

All of the patterns take good advantage of the striking Noro colorways and striping sequences. The book itself is hardcover and beautifully photographed. The patterns look well-written and clear. some of the lace patterns are charted, and some are written out.

Who’d like my review copy? To be entered in the drawing to win my copy, leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time, Sunday, February 15 and I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, I have finished my Chloe sweater.

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And Loki is in a contemplative mood.

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Progress You Can See

I actually have progress you can see on my Chloe sweater. The collar is done!

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I elected to knit the collar before the sleeves. I did the three-needle bind-off for the shoulder seams and picked up the stitches around the neck. It’s a very deep collar and you increase two stitches at the center back of it every other row, so it was a lot of knitting. I finished it last night.

Then I picked up stitches along one side for a sleeve.

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I am making my sleeves bigger than the pattern directs. As written, the sleeves are rather tight-fitting, but for me, that defeats the purpose of a big loose comfy sweater. So my sleeves will be nice and loose. I am knitting mine in stockinette stitch instead of reverse stockinette stitch as directed. I am not crazy about how reverse stockinette looks in this yarn. 

As you can see, this project is no longer very portable!

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Meanwhile, Loki has perfected the art of relaxation!

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More Cables

I have here for review a very handy booklet:

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This is First Time Cable Knitting by Cari Hammett. This is a 32-page booklet with nicely detailed instructions for how to knit cables. There are step-by-step instructions with nice clear photos, charts, and sample swatches.

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In addition to the how-to information, there are stitch patterns for 7 different cables. The instructions are charted and written out.

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And there are 2 patterns for projects: a laptop cover:

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And a pillow:

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This is a handy resource for anyone who is new to cables, I think. Rather than do a giveaway on the blog, I am going to pass my review copy to my new knitter I taught last summer. She hasn’t done cables yet. icon smile More Cables

Meanwhile, I am still at work on the back of Chloe.

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And Loki is resting up for Superbowl viewing later.

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A Break From Cables

I’m not actually taking a break from cables. I finished the front and am knitting along on the back of my Chloe sweater. See?

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But I was working on something else at the same time: Valentine dresses for Dottie and Inga!

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They were so excited when they saw them that they insisted on putting them on immediately, even though I pointed out that it was not yet February.

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They look pretty pleased with themselves, don’t they?

The dresses were knit from Julie Williams’ Seasonal Dresses pattern and I used “Solid Series” fingering weight yarn from The Loopy Ewe. I worked on these exclusively during my lunch break at work.

I used the same two colors for each dress but reversed them. Because Inga has a very fair complexion, she thinks that the pink dress flatters her best. And Dottie, with her olive complexion, looks lovely in the ivory dress.

I’m not sure I can keep up the pace of knitting them new dresses every month, but this was sure fun!

Loki always knows how to pace himself.

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Still With the Cables

I had mentally set myself the deadline of finishing the front of Chloe by the end of the weekend. Here is where I am with most of Sunday still to go:

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So I ought to be able to finish the left side front, cast on for the back, and make some good progress on the back ribbing.

And Loki is here to help me!

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