My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Autumn Bliss Collection

First things first, thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for an autographed copy of Remembering the Way by Greta Beekhuis. The winner is emcknits, who has been contacted via email.

Next up . . . something new from Annie’s Craft Store. You may know of Annie’s site — they are not only knitting -related, but have lots of other crafts represented. I have given away booklets of knitting patterns from annie’s a number of times in the page. They are now introducing Annie’s Signature Designs, and the Autumn Bliss 2016 Collection, for both knitting and crochet. There are extensive lookbooks for knitting and crochet linked to from that page, and one of the nice features of the lookbooks are 360-degree videos, found here. For quick reference, check out a page with thumbnails of the designs (with links to videos) here. There’s a little bit of everything — cardis, pullovers, ponchos, accessories. The designs are knit from readily available yarns and you can even order your yarn from Annie’s, building your own kit.

Work in Progress

My Hitchhiker Beyond is progressing slowing because I only managed a few minutes of lunchtime knitting each day. But here is a progress photo:

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And here is my little angel relaxing on his sofa.

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A Good Read

I used to knit on my commute to and from work, but have not done so for that past few years. Instead, I read.

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I go through quite a few books each month and am always on the lookout for a new author. And I just found one, in a knitter I’ve known online, and have met in real life. I just finished reading her book:

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This is Remembering the Way by Greta Beekhuis. It’s a story about a medical research scientist who one day decides to take a different turn in his life, and we see where this takes him, in both expected and unexpected directions. It’s written in the first person, from his point of view and was a fascinating look into another person’s mind, to see the routines and methods and ways of thinking he uses to cope with the world. But not only is it a peek into the mind of a person who processes life experiences differently than most people, it’s a lovely story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And I took comfort in recognizing some of the mechanisms that I use to cope with everyday life present in some of the ways the protagonist Larry copes with life.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book. You can purchase from Amazon at the link above — it’s available in both paperback and kindle edition.

Or you can win a copy.

To be entered in a drawing to win a paperback copy of Remembering the Waypersonally autographed for you by the author, leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00am Eastern Time. We’ll pick a winner at random then.

Loki sez:

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“Peace out.”

It Grows

My big at-home colorwork project is growing. See?

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I am a couple of inches away from the start of the armholes. I am doing a simple drop-shoulder design so I’ll insert steeks and keep on knitting.

Loki can barely contain his excitement!

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Hitchhiker Beyond

Those of you who said that my new lunchtime project is Martina Behm’s new pattern Hitchhiker Beyond are correct!

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A couple of weeks ago I got a surprise in the mail — some gorgeous handspun yarn from my friend Leslie.

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I love that Leslie thought of me and spontaneously sent me some of her beautiful work for no reason that than that she is a lovely person. I loved coming home from work to a mysterious package and the contents definitely made my day. Heck, they made my week!

The yarn is a merino silk blend, 2-ply sport/dk weight, and there are approximately 350 yards of each color. As soon as I saw it, I thought “striped garter stitch shawl!” And then a couple of days after I got it, Martina released her new pattern. It was meant to be!

I worked a little swatch in stripes to decide on a needle size, and settled on a U.S. size 6. Working Hitchhiker Beyond in stripes instead of one color is working out beautifully — I don’t even need a row counter because I can see at a glance when I need to bind off for the points.

The two colors of yarn complement each other so nicely. Knitted up, you don’t see the blue bits in the brown/tan yarn nearly as clearly as you see them in the skein, which I find interesting. But they do look lovely together, don’t they?

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My progress is slow because I am knitting this only in stolen moments here and there. I do a couple of rows while I eat lunch, or if I only have a few minutes. My “big” project is bulky and heavy now, so I don’t want to drag it out if I only have 15 minutes of knitting time.

I weighed the yarn before starting so I can knit my shawl by weight — I want to be sure to use all of the yarn!

Happy Labor Day!

Loki and I are in the middle of a lovely holiday weekend. When he is not in my lap, he is never far away:

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He barely fits in his cat cup!

The End of August

Well this month has really zipped by quickly!

Here’s my new colorwork project again. It has a nice Art Deco-y panel in the center back.

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And the rest of it is a smaller all-over motif.

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When I took those photos yesterday, I had just started working with color # 16, so I’ve worked across the whole spectrum of colors I have one time. A milestone

Because it is a bit much to be schlepping to work, I started something else to work on when I have time during lunch:

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Not much yet! Anyone know what this is? It should be pretty easy to figure out. But the yarn is very special . . .

Loki knows!

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