My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

Seawall

I took a couple of days off after the July 4 holiday. The result? A finished Camp Loopy July project:

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This is Seawall, a scarf designed by Louise Zass-Bangham. I knit mine from Blue Sky Fibers Alpaca Silk. The scarf is double-sided. Here is the other side:

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This was a very fun knit — there are a bunch of different elements so as soon as I got bored with one section, there was a new section to knit.

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And here is Loki, demonstrating “Long Kitty.”

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Ottar Hap

I finished my Ottar Hap at the end of last week.

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It was a very enjoyable knit, nothing difficult about it, so great to work on while watching television.

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I purchased the yarn as a kit from Kate Davies Designs. I only did 5 sets of stripes instead of 6 because I ran out of the white yarn.

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I had 20 grams of green left over, so I think my skein of white had to have been underweight, as I used the same amount of green and white. I’m not overly concerned because the shawl easily blocked out to size (just steam blocking it) with 5 sets of stripes instead of 6.

Now I need to tuck it away until next winter.

I am currently working on my Camp Loopy July project. Here are the accent colors being used:

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More next time!

Loki is working on a nap here:

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Stripes

I am pleased to report that I have reached the stripey portion of my hap shawl.

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As soothing as miles of plain garter stitch in a lovely soft yarn is, it is fun to have reached this point. New colors! Fun lace!

The pattern is a simple “old shell” lace, so it was easy to memorize and is fun to knit. Each color stripe is 4 rows, so I get to switch colors before I get bored.

This is going to be such a lovely snuggly shawl for next winter!

My “New” Serger

Little HuskyLock 431 is feeling quite welcome after Sunday’s blog post. As a couple of you mentioned, vintage sewing machines and sergers are virtually indestructible. They really knew how to make ’em back then.

I found my serger on Esty, purchased from Stagecoach Road Sewing. They sell vintage reconditioned sewing machines, and an occasional serger. My experience with them was great. When I saw the serger listed on etsy, I messaged the owner of Stagecoach Road Sewing, Mike, to ask if there was a manual that came with the serger. I wanted to make sure I’d be able to figure out how to use it! He responded immediately and sent me a pdf of the manual so I felt comfortable that I’d be able to work the serger. It was shipped FedEx, carefully packed in plastic and foam to keep it safe. Mike had taken the thread mast off for shipping and he included perfect detailed instructions (complete with hand drawn diagrams) for re-attaching the thread mast to the machine, so I had no problem doing so.

My main area of concern was threading the machine — would I be able to do so successfully? The manual had threading diagrams, and there was also a color-coded diagram on the machine itself, once you open the front panel.

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The threading is fairly complex and somewhat difficult to access in places, so I was surprised and delighted that I got it right on my first try. I was equally surprised and delighted that the tension seemed nearly perfect. The serger hums like a . . . well . . . like a well-oiled machine. On Stagecoach Road Sewing’s website they state that all the machines they sell are completely reconditioned and restored, and I can well believe it. And they all come with a guarantee.

This serger is not ultra-fancy with a lot of different options, but it is exactly what I wanted and needed: a basic but good serger that I could use to finish raw edges of fabric before hand-sewing. It seems that there is virtually no learning curve with this little guy, so that makes me very happy. I had never used a serger before this and I was successful on my first practice piece. I think I can just do a couple more practice pieces and I’ll be good to go.

Now, for your viewing pleasure, the Little Prince, relaxing at home.

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In Between

The winner of a copy of Interweave Presents – Classic Knit Shawls: 20 Timeless Designs Featuring Lace, Cables, and More is Kathy B., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be considered!

Since I finished my Camp Loopy June project last weekend and I cannot start the July project until Saturday, I started a non-camp project:

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This is Ottar, a hap shawl designed by Kate Davies, knit in her Buachaille yarn in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways.

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I purchased the kit to make the shawl in her online shop.

It is knit with a large needle — a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) in garter stitch, so the fabric is soft and relatively loose. I am on the boring monochrome portion — the fun colorwork comes at the end! I’m hoping to finish by July 1 but it’ll be close.

In other news, I’ve not been sewing in the past couple of weeks because I’ve been concentrating on Camp Loopy knitting. But look what I just got:

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This is a vintage Husqvarna HuskyLock 431 serger, completely reconditioned. It works beautifully. When I sew doll clothes I have been first overcasting all raw edges with a zigzig stitch on my sewing machine, then do the handsewing, so this little serger will make that overcasting process much easier.

My sewing machine is a vintage Husqvarna Prisma 990 from the mid-1980s (when I purchased it new). When I brought the little serger home I’m pretty sure I saw my sewing machine sidle up next to it and put his arm around it protectively. 😉

Here is Loki in one of his favorite places: on top of a dresser in the bedroom.

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Classic Knit Shawls

I was recently sent another lovely book for review:

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This is Interweave Presents – Classic Knit Shawls: 20 Timeless Designs Featuring Lace, Cables, and More published in April by Interweave. It’s a collection of 20 shawl patterns from past Interweave publications. You can view all twenty patterns on Ravelry.

The book has a nice variety of different shawl designs, from a lot of different popular designers, worked in a variety of shapes using a variety of construction techniques — a little something for everyone.

Some of my favorites:

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The Purple Shawl by Andrea Jurgrau is a cresent shawl worked from fingering weight yarn. The pattern states 430 yards, so it can be made from a single skein of sock yarn, if it is a larger sized skein. I like the shape of this shawl — it looks like it would stay on the shoulders nicely.

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The Return Journey by Lisa Shroyer is a shallow triangle, cabled and with i-cord edging that you work as you go. It’s a lovely thick piece knit from worsted weight yarn and it is worked sideways.

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Ilme’s Autumn Triangle by Nancy Bush is a lovely triangle shawl knit from laceweight yarn. It’s modeled after traditional Estonian lace shawls for which Nancy Bush is famous.

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Ennid Laceweight Shawl by Lucinda Guy is another triangle shawl knit from laceweight yarn, this one worked side to side. It’s quite plain — garter stitch — with a lovely little edging. While I love intricate lace, I also love large plain cozy shawls like this one.

That’s just a sampling from this great collection. Who’d like to own a copy of the book?

Leave s comment on this blog post telling me your favorite design from the book (you can see them all on the Ravelry link above) by noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.

Loki says:

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“All those shawls look like they’d be great for me to sleep on!”