My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Creature Feature

I have another book to review:

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This is Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein, It has patterns for 29 adorable creatures, and each one starts with a knitted square. Add some further knitted pieces and embellishments and you have some really charming toys!

You can preview all these cuties on Ravelry, here.

Each pattern includes a large photo of the finished creature, as well as a photo of all the creature’s components, a graph/chart for assembling the creature, and detailed written instructions.

For example, Grayson the Squirrel:

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Here are his components:

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And here is his pattern:

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I am hard pressed to pick only a few favorites because they are all so cute, but I’ll try. Apart from Grayson, a few more of my favorites.

Starting with Yin & Yang, the Fighting Fish:

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They are knit from Crystal Palace Mini Mochi self-striping yarn — but you could use any striping sock yarn. They are so cute and so clever! This is one of the easier patterns: apart from the square, you knit three fins that look pretty simple and either sew on beads or embroider French knots for eyes.

Here is Stella the Dove:

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Her tail is knit separately in a lace pattern and — this I love — her wings (part of the square) are edged in a picot pattern. Wouldn’t she make a gorgeous Christmas tree topper?

And this is Rocky the Raccoon.

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He requires a bit of intarsia work for his face and he has a glorious striped tail!

I could go on . . .

A very cute book indeed, with lots of really fun toys that are relatively easy to make. I will, somewhat grudgingly, give away my review copy. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Knit a Square, Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 16, 2016. I’ll wake Loki up to draw a winner.

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“Huh — what?”

 

Hey, guess what? I finished my colorwork jacket. You may have noticed that I have barely blogged about it here. There is a reason for that (she said mysteriously). All will be revealed in the fullness of time!

Weekend Summed Up

The winner of my review copy of The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More by Interweave Editors is Rosemary, who has been notified via email.

Here in the U.S. we are on Day Two of a three-day weekend, and I can sum up my weekend with one photo:

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I am knitting the bands on my colorwork coat. All bands al the time.

Meanwhile, the awesome responsibility for picking a winner in my book giveaway has been too much for Loki. He has collapsed under the pressure.

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Being a cat is hard work!

The Knitted Hat Book

Next up for review:

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This is The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More by Interweave Editors. Published September 16, 2016 by Interweave, it is 128 pages of hats! You can view all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

There are patterns for guys and girls both, and there is lace, texture, and colorwork: a little something for everyone.

Some of my faves:

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The Frolic Paperbag Hat by Alexis Winslow is made from fingering weight wool in two colors (the pattern calls for Quince & Co. Finch). This is such a cute solution for someone with a lot of hair. Don’t know what to do with your ponytail? Here’s a solution!

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The Forge Graphic Toque by Meghan Babin is another two-color hat knit from fingering weight wool (in this case, Brooklyn Tweed Loft) but it is stranded colorwork instead of stripes. Think how fun this hat would be using a gradient for the background and black for the contrast.

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The Timber Cabled Toque, also by Meghan Babin, is worked in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Worsted and is a great, classic unisex hat. For a more luxurious hat, you could knit this up in a cashmere blend. Yum!

Those are just a few. Which one is your favorite?

And . . . who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Loki will wake up in time to draw a winner!

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Happy October

Happy October, everyone! October and November are my two favorite months of the year so I am very pleased to turn the calendar page. And happily, the weather has turned a bit cooler so it is not a billion degrees with a billion percent humidity. I like my autumn to be . . . autumnal.

The winner of my review copy of Cowl Girls II is Susan Picciano, who has been emailed. As always, thank you to everyone who left a comment. I suddenly have a pile of new knitting books that I’ve received in the past week, so I’ll be doing a lot of reviews and giveaways this month. And likely next month. So be sure to stop by from time to time. I plan to review another great book on Wednesday.

In knitting news . . .

I finished up the first sleeve of my colorwork jacket Friday night, and started the second sleeve yesterday. Here’s my progress so far:

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It took me almost exactly a week to knit the first sleeve so the second will likely take about the same amount of time. So next weekend I will be able to get started on the neckband and front bands and the end is in sight!

Here is my box o’ yarn that I am using for this project:

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And here is a boy and his fuzzy rat.

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Cowl Girls II

Thanks for your good thoughts in the comments. I am improving after last weekend’s back issue and hope to soon be walking upright instead of resembling a question mark.

Check this out:

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This is Cowl Girls II by Cathy Carron, published this month by Sixth&Spring Books. It’s a pattern collection for . . . you guessed it . . . cowls.

You can review the projects on the book’s page on Ravelry.

Some favorites:

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This design is called Comfort Zone and it is made up of afghan squares. It would be a great way to use up leftovers, and you could achieve a lot of different looks depending on the colors used.

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“Winter Classic” is knit from super bulky yarn so is a very quick knit — perfect if you need a last-minute gift. Also a good way for a colorwork novice to practice skills.

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“Sweet Treats” combines two colors and two different stitch patterns: lace and cables.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of  Cowl Girls II please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

By the way, Cathy Carron’s first Cowl book came out 6 years ago: I reviewed it in September 2010!

Here is the little prince, worn out from a hard day of playing.

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