My current work in progress:

1. Boxy, designed by Joji Locatelli, knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the "Polar Sea" colorway on U.S. size 4 needles.
2. Angelina, designed by Vicky Chan, knit from Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in the "Coca" colorway on a U.S. size 7 needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

One Sleeve

First things first, the winner of my review copy of  60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials is Linda Emery, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

In Ropewalk news, I have one sleeve completed, and I set it into the armhole and sewed up the side seam on one side.

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And I have a good chunk of the second sleeve completed.

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So this will be a finished item by the weekend.

So . . . what’s next?

You may recall that I taught one of my colleagues to knit last summer. Jennifer has been making great progress and has knit all sorts of things, including a pair of toe-up socks. She is just finishing up a project so I have encouraging her to take on a sweater. We decided we’ll both make the same sweater: Boxy, by Joji Locatelli.

We are both doing the seamed version — me because, well, you know how I feel about seams in sweaters. Jennifer, so she can learn how to seam a sweater.

Jennifer is making her Boxy from Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the “Dust Bowl” colorway.

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I am making mine in Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the “Polar Sea” colorway.

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We have both done our gauge swatches, so we’ll be ready to cast on at a moment’s notice!

In other news . . .

A certain sweet little boy has his fourth birthday tomorrow.

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It’s Quick, Baby!

I have here the latest in the “60 Quick Knit” series of books from Sixth&Spring books:

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This is 60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials which was just released. All of the patterns in this collection are made using Cascade’s Cherub acrylic yarn. The Cherub yarn comes in a number of different weights — from chunky down to sport.

And as the name suggests, the book contains 60 patterns. They are all nicely catalogued on Ravelry, here. If you browse through them, you’ll see that there is a little bit of everything for babies and toddlers.

I have to say, there are some extremely cute patterns in this collection! Take a look at the Hugs & Hearts Onesie by Linda Cyr.

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Adorable! It’s knit from DK weight yarn and available in 4 sizes.

And look at this!

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Mouse-mobile toy by Megan Kreiner.

And I love this:

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Kitty-Cat Pullover by Pat Olski. Minimalist and adorable!

The book has a really great assortment of projects — a great value and a great resource for a mom or grandmother. Or for anyone who wants to knit for wee ones.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of 60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am eastern time on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. We’ll select a winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, I have finished the body of Ropewalk!

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I did a crew neck rather than a turtleneck and I now have sleeve number one on the needles. But sleeve knitting has been put on hold for the weekend as I work on Clue #2 of the Outlander MKAL.

And Loki is as adorable as always.

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Hoppy Easter

First things first, the winner of my review copy of Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemia Style by Tanis Gray is Vicki K., who has been emailed.

Very little work has been done on Ropewalk over the past week because I keep doing things like this:

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This is Flora. She has gone to live with my friend who is undergoing chemo. She was knit from the adorable pattern by Julie Williams. Her bunny dress was knit from the basic dress pattern included with the bunny girl pattern, and I inserted my own bunny chart. It’s bunny overload!

And then I spent the weekend working on the Outlander MKAL. No photo, because it’s a mystery and I don’t want to post any spoilers!

Lastly, here is my own not-so-little Easter bunny:

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“Who are you calling a bunny?!”

He doesn’t really fit in my lap anymore!

Wanderlust

I have another cool book to review:

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This is Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemia Style by Tanis Gray, Interweave/F+W; $18.99

It is available now, so you can grab it in either paperback or eBook format.

An interesting twist: all of the projects in this book are knit from the same yarn: Cascade Yarns Longwood, which is an aran weight superwash merino yarn. Looking at the yarn’s Ravelry page, I can see that it comes in a wide variety of pretty colors.

The book has a great variety of patterns from a lot of designers whose names you will recognize. You can check out all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

Some of my favorites:

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“Motif Mittens” designed my Angela Hahn. These take just one skein of Cascade Longwood and being aran weight, would be pretty quick to knit — great for last minute gifts, or maybe to get a jump on next year’s gifting season?

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And this is the “Winter Waves” hat designed by Melissa LaBarre. Again, just one skein needed to complete!

There are also bigger projects:

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This is the gorgeous Snoqualmie Wrap by Beth Kling.

And this:

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Ann Weaver’s wonderful Lady Gansey cardigan.

With a total of 46 patterns in this one book, it is definitely good value.

Now, who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemia Style by Tanis Gray, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am eastern time on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

In other news . . .

I did finish the Pompeii Hat on Sunday.

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Because it is April, Dottie and Inga are wearing their new April dresses!

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And guess what? Today is my 13th blogiversary! Thirteen years ago today (April 1, 2002) I started my blog. No fooling.

Loki sez:

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“Thirteen years? No way!”

Pompeii Hat

In between all the other small projects I have been working on, I managed to finish the back of Ropewalk:

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I’ve started the front and have the ribbing done, but I set it aside this weekend to work on this:

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This is Pompeii, a hat designed by Laurie Gonyea, knit from Silverspun Sport yarn from the Feel Good Yarn Company. I purchased this as a kit from the company’s website, here. Note that you can download the pattern free of charge — according to the Ravelry pattern page, that offer is good through March 31.

This looks like a complex knit, but it is not — it is mosaic knitting, so you are only ever knitting with one color per row. You slip stitches to form the pattern, pulling the second color up from the previous row. So it is much easier to knit then it looks.

All this stitch slipping does make for a compressed row gauge — this is knit on size 6 needles and the row gauge is 10 rows to the inch. Still, I will finish this hat today, and will be able to give it to my friend who is undergoing chemo tomorrow. The yarn is a dream to knit, so I am loving working with it.

I think the Silverspun yarn is a perfect choice for a chemo cap. The yarn is 87% Combed Cotton, 5% Silver, 5% Nylon, 3% Spandex. I lifted this statement from the website:

The silver content in SilverSpun makes it therapeutic and conductive. Silver inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria, has excellent thermal properties, is nontoxic and is perfect for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis and sensitive skin.

Often the skin becomes extra-sensitive when one is undergoing chemotherapy. This is a good thing to remember when knitting chemo caps — my friend told me that she is unable to wear  some caps that other people have given her because they are knit from acrylic and that irritates her skin. I made a point of choosing the softest natural fibers I could find for the hats I knit for her — after confirming that she is not allergic to any of the fibers.

And now I need to get back to this knitting. After I play with this little guy, that is!

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