My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Gradient

First things first, the winner of a copy of Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford is Sally, who has been emailed. Thanks to all who left a comment and thanks again to the publisher for generously offering a copy for this giveaway.

Upon completing Drachenfels last week, I of course cast on something new: Segel, another wrap, this one designed by Lea Viktoria, whose Strandwanderer design I recently completed.

The design is knit from a gradient set from Miss Babs (Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes) and since I am fond of gradients, that’s what I decided to use too, mine in the Draco colorway. Because I wanted to make mine larger, I got two sets instead of one. I started knitting with the darkest color and am working from dark to light.

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Once I get to the lightest of the 5 colors I’ll reverse the order and work from light to dark.

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I am using a 3.5mm (U.S. size 4) needle for this project. It is double-sided, knit in the round, so I opted for a looser rather than tighter gauge. The resulting fabric is really lovely.

It’s a soothing knit and the pattern is quickly memorized. The only time I really need to pay close attention is when I am moving from one color to the next. The pattern directs you on how exactly to do this to blend the colors as much as possible. In the first photo above I am at the point where I am joining in the 4th (of 5) colors. So when I get to the 5th color, I will use the two skeins of the lightest color in a row, then work back from light to dark.

Like the Strandwanderer pattern, this one is well-written and includes a step-by-step photo tutorial for techniques used in the pattern. Very nice!

Loki seems to enjoy this knit because I am finding lots of long white hairs in it as I work on it.

Here is Loki:

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That is what used to be my nightstand that he is lying on. He decided not too long ago that the only thing that should be on my nightstand is him. I got the brilliant idea to put a monitor riser on top of my nightstand, and that’s what he is lying on. That way I could still keep a couple of things easily accessible. Good idea, right? Recently Loki decided that he did not want me doing that and will periodically reach underneath with one furry arm and attempt to sweep everything there on to the floor.

He is taking over all horizontal surfaces in my home. I have one dresser left that he has not claimed as his own, but we are currently engaged in a battle of wills over it. Cats do not listen to reason very well. Or perhaps it is that what is reasonable to us is not to them.

Drachenfels

I finished my Drachenfels Friday evening:

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Knit from Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt and Mineral colorways on a U.S. size 6 needle.

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An extremely enjoyable knit!

Up next, a project knit with this:

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That is a set of Miss Babs’ gradients, in the “Draco” colorway. Yep, similar to the colors of my last project, isn’t it?

Ready, steady, go!

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Loki has other plans.

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Crochet with One Sheepish Girl

I’m a day late with my blog. I have been having a Very Special Week at work and after a workday that did not end until 9:00pm on Tuesday (that started before 6:00am), well, by halfway through Wednesday I was seeing double and in no fit state to blog.

In my fatigue-induced delirium I might have accidentally offered Loki up in a blog giveaway and then where would I be?

But I have a winner for Chunky Knits by Ashley Little, and that is Maggie, who has been emailed, has responded, and has her book on its way to her.  Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

And guess what? I’ve got another really cute book to review:

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This is Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford and it has 24 really adorable creative crochet projects. My favorites:

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Tea cup coasters. Seriously, how squee-worthy are those?

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Sweater makeover. What a great way to jazz up a plain pullover.

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Crochet needle organizer: cute and functional.

You can view all the projects on Ravelry here.

The book contains how-tos for crochet stitches you need to know with nice clear photos and the patterns themselves are clear and well-written.

This is another gem that can really help you out with holiday gift-giving. some of these projects would go very quickly, I think.

The publisher is giving away a second copy of this great book to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win my review copy of Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, October 15, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile at home, I am making progress on my Drachenfels wrap, even though my knitting time has been cut short by the pesky day job:

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I am hoping to finish it over the weekend. I took tomorrow off from work and monday is a federal holiday, so that would be a four-day weekend!

Loki plans to do this:

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In between bouts of frantic energetic play, of course!

And Now . . .

My new work in progress: Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg.

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I am making mine from Madelinetosh Pashmina.

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I have finished all use of Color A, the “Black Walnut,” and that’s a good thing — this is how much of it I have left!

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The pattern says it uses 333 yards of Color A, and my yarn is 360 yards per skein, so the amount needed is pretty much spot on!

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I am using the needle size recommended in the pattern, a U.S. size 6, to get gauge, and it is a little looser than I usually do for this yarn, but I am loving the resulting fabric — soft and drapey.

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I estimate I am perhaps halfway through this project — lots of knitting fun remains!

Loki thinks it is fun to hang out in my knitting bag.

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At Dawn

I finished my At Dawn wrap Sunday night.

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I knit this from two skeins of Wollmeise Blend, in the Lavendel and Grunfink colorways on a U.S. size 4 needle. No mods to the pattern, and I have a decent amount of each color left over, enough for a pair of colorwork fingerless mitts to match, perhaps.

There was some confusion in the comments about the yardage of the Wollmeise Blend yarn. The label states that there are 364 yards per 100 grams, but the skeins are 150 grams in weight, so have 546 yards per skein.

This project was pure pleasure: a fun pattern and yummy yarn. The resulting wrap is incredibly soft and darn pretty!

Chunky Knits

Last week I got a review copy of this book in the mail:

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This is Chunky Knits by Ashley Little and the subtitle is “31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn” which describes pretty well the focus of the book! It does not seem to be listed on Ravelry yet. The publication date is October 14, so it will likely show up there soon.

Now, I’m usually not a big fan of knitting with chunky yarns — give me a nice fingering weight and a 2mm needle and I’m a happy girl. But this book has a lot of really cute and creative designs in it. There is an index page with thumbnail photos in the front of the book:

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As you might expect, there are hats, cowls, and scarves, as well as a pair of fingerless mitts  and a pair of boot toppers. But my favorites are, I think, really inspired!

A knitted hassock:

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A cool thing about this — it is stuffed with a queen size comforter. What a clever way to store bedding!

A cabled pillow:

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A great practice piece for someone who wants to hone cabling skills.

“Sachet” balls:

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These would make great gifts! You could stuff them with cedar chips or potpourri, or just plain old fiberfill if you wanted to use them as ornaments.

There is a good resource section in the back of the book with nicely illustrated techniques.

Most of the projects in the book are knitted from bulky yarns that are widely available and are knit to a gauge of 3 to 4 stitches to an inch. There are a few projects that are made from super bulky yarn, or bulky yarn held double.

All in all, a very nice book with a good variety of projects. You could whip out a lot of holiday gifts using this book.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my review copy of Chunky Knits by Ashley Little, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, October 8, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Loki is celebrating the arrival of October with . . . no big surprise . . . a nap.

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Look at those plush little bunny feet!