My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Beginnings

I’ve started something new. It involves a lot of colors, so I have my yarn wound and sorted.

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This is something I’ve been planning for a couple of months.

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And it’s a whole lot of stitches on the needles!

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Loki will reserve judgment until he sees some more of it.

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Love to Eat Them Mousies

Love to eat them mousies
Mousies what I love to eat.
Bite they little heads off,
Nibble on they tiny feet.
-B. Kliban

Remember Kliban cats?

For some reason, those lyrics keep running through my head as I work on my current knitting project.

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I am making a pile o’ catnip mice for a charity project.*

I have mentioned in the past that Loki has absolutely ZERO interest in catnip, so he is not bothered as I stuff mouse bodies. He is showing a mild interest in the bag of mice, but I think that is more because they are cat-toy-sized than because they contain catnip.

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Just in case, I am knitting a new mouse for him so he won’t feel left out.

*I am using my nose-up catnip mouse pattern to knit these critters. The pattern is available for sale in my Ravelry store for the low low price of $1.25. All payment I receive for this pattern is donated to animal charities.

Regular knitting will resume shortly!

 

Kallara

I finished my Kallara Shawl Friday night.

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Kallara, is a pattern by Ambah O’Brien. I used Shalimar Yarns Enzo Sport in the “Bees Knees” and “Sand Dollar” colorways (2 skeins of each color) on a U.S. size 6 needle. I worked some extra rows since I had more yarn than the pattern called for.

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My completed shawl is approximately 106″ along the long edge and 23″ deep at the deepest point.

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This will be a lovely addition to my winter wardrobe but I can’t even think about trying it on now. It was 101 degrees yesterday. So I have folded it up and put it away. For now.

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Loki sez “If you didn’t want me to walk on it, why did you put it on the floor?”

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The winner of a copy of Self-Striping Yarn Studio by Carol J. Sulcoski is Debbie H., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and thanks to Sterling Publishing for offering a copy for the giveaway!

Self-Striping Yarn Studio

I’ve got a great book to review today:

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This is Self-Striping Yarn Studio by Carol J. Sulcoski, published by Sterling Publishing. Publication date is August 16, but it is available now — the link above will take you to the book on Amazon.

This is a collection of patterns that use — you guessed it — self-striping yarn for all the designs. But it is a lot more than just a pattern collection. The book starts with a wonderful comprehensive section “All About Self-Striping Yarn.” This section explains how self-striping yarns work, talks about segment length, discusses gradients vs stripes, and pretty much explains everything you could possibly need to know while working with these fun yarns.

The patterns are organized by yarn weight: fingering, dk, and worsted. I could not find the patterns on Ravelry, so just picked a few favorites to show here:

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This is the Hexagon Sweater, designed by Amy Gunderson. It is knit from Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo, a self-striping fingering weight wool/bamboo blend. The yarn does all the work here for the color changes and the result is a gorgeous complex-looking sweater! The difficulty rating is intermediate.

Next up:

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Chamounix Mittens, designed by Carol Sulcoski, knit from Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos. The cuffs are knit from Schachenmayr Regia Silk. These are sock yarns, but look how well they work for mittens!

Moving on to DK weight patterns:

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This is the Fairfax Baby Jacket designed by Carol Sulcoski, made from Schachenmayr Regia 6-fadig Color Stripemania — a DK weight sock yarn. Again, the striping in the yarn does a lot of the work for you. This design is rated easy to knit.

Also in the DK weight section:

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The Hillaire Pillow, also designed by Carol Sulcoski, made from KFI/Noro Taiyo sport, a cotton/wool blend. This is an easy knit and looks like such fun!

And from the Worsted weight patterns:

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The Tracks Scarf, designed by Erika Flory and made from KFY/Noro Silk Garden and Plymouth Galway Worsted. Another easy to knit design that gives striking results — it reminds me of stained glass!

The publisher has thoughtfully offered up a copy of the book for my giveaway so I can selfishly keep my review copy. If you are in the USA or Canada, you can enter the drawing for this book:

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time, Sunday, August 14, 2016 and I’ll select a winner at random at that time.

By my next blog post I should have a completed Kallara Shawl to show.

Loki says:

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“Whee.”

August Camp Loopy Project

I started my Camp Loopy project right on time on August 1. I am knitting Kallara, a shawl pattern by Ambah O’Brien. Funny story there.

I bought the pattern in early July, shortly after the designer released it. I picked out two yarns from my stash and started knitting it in mid-July, after I completed my July Camp Loopy project. I was just not feeling the colors I selected, so I ripped it out and returned the yarn to my stash. I selected two different yarns and started again. And again, I was not feeling the colors together and ripped it out again.

But I really wanted to knit the shawl, and it fit the parameters required for the August Camp Loopy project, so I picked out two more yarns. I gave the selection a lot of thought, and purchased this from The Loopy Ewe:

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This is Shalimar Yarns Enzo Sport in the “Bees Knees” and “Sand Dollar” colorways. I purchased two skeins of each colorway for a nice big shawl. I started knitting.

When I had around 50 rows completed, I realized that I had messed up the rate of increase because I did not read the pattern closely enough. Yeah, I thought I could remember what to do from having started it twice before. So I ripped it out, yet again.

But the fourth time was the charm!

The moral of this story: don’t be a Know-It-All like me. Read the pattern!

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The photo above shows my work shortly before I completed working the increases. Because I have more yarn than the pattern calls for, I weighed the yarn before starting and worked the increases until I had used up just under one-third of the yarn (as the pattern said should be used up at this point) rather than knitting to the number of stitches indicated in the pattern. I wanted my shawl to be bigger: a soft warm cozy wrap.

I am now knitting the first decrease section (after reading the pattern very carefully). I am loving this color combination (thankfully!) and I love the shape of the shawl.

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The yarn is lovely — my first time using Shalimar Enzo Sport, and definitely not my last. I’ve used Shalimar Breathless a number of times and loved it. The darker shade I am using here, Bees Knees, is such a gorgeous mix of shades of orangey gold. I think of honey while I knit.

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Loki thanks you all for your good wishes for our Loki-versary last week. He says he has put a lot of work into training me, so he thinks he’ll keep me.