My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.


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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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.

Pool & Conquer

First of all, the winner of my review copy of  Weekend Wraps: 18 Quick Knit Cowls, Scarves & Shawls by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre is knittingdancer who has been emailed. I just received another great new book, so look for a review and a giveaway for that soon.

Next . . . 

My Pool & Conquer is done!

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To recap, this is a wrap/cowl designed by Martina Behm. I made mine from one skein of Wollmeise Lacegarn in the Franz colorway.

I love it as a cowl:

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I love Martina Behm’s patterns — she has such clever ideas for unusual constructions that result in lovely wearable finished products. So when I heard the following, I was more than a little perturbed.

You probably know of DROPS Design — a Norwegian yarn company that offers thousands of free patterns in quite a range of languages on their website.

This pattern was pointed out to me. If it looks familiar, that’s probably because you are familiar with Martina’s pattern Lefty. I’ve compared the photos of the two patterns side by side and they are pretty darn close to identical. Martina’s pattern was published in 2012, the DROPS pattern was posted in their Autumn & Winter 2016/2017 collection. Looking at the DROPS pattern, I see it starts with the long edge and has you decrease down to the point while Martina’s pattern starts with just a few stitches and increases to many. I wonder — is that a big enough difference in a pattern to make it NOT a copyright violation?

I don’t know — I am not a lawyer and copyright issues are confusing. Whether this is an actual infringement or not, I think it is stinky (and that, my friends, is a bona fide legal term 😉 ). And I am told that people who left comments about the similarity of the DROPS design and Martina’s Lefty not only had the comment deleted, but were banned from the DROPS site.

Draw your own conclusions.

I love indy designers and I love Martina’s designs. Stuff like this just makes me want to support indy designers and eschew big companies all the more.


On August 2, 2013 this purring bundle of floof came to live with me.

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Yesterday was my third Loki-versary. Seems like it was yesterday!

Weekend Wraps

This showed up in my mailbox last week:

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A review copy of Weekend Wraps: 18 Quick Knit Cowls, Scarves & Shawls by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre. Published by Interweave, its publication date is Tuesday August 2, but it is already available at at the link above.

As the title says, there are 18 patterns in the book — for cowls, scarves, and shawls. And they are all knit from worsted or heavier yarns. You can see all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

My faves:

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This is the Bias Cable and Lace Stole by Leila Raabe. The sample is knit from Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, a bulky weight wool. This would work up nice and fast!

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This is the Gansey Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn, knit from The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria worsted weight yarn. I love all things gansey, and this shawl has a lovely textured all-over pattern.

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And this is the Wantastiquet Cowl by Rachel Stecker. It is knit from Frabjous Fibers March Hare yarn, a worsted weight merino wool. I love the strong main cable and the cabled edges.

As I said, there’s a total of eighteen patterns — something for everyone. You can whip out something for yourself, or start knitting up some pretty spectacular holiday gifts!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing for my copy of Weekend Wraps: 18 Quick Knit Cowls, Scarves & Shawls by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre, please leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11:00am Eastern Time. I’ll choose a recipient at random then!

Meanwhile, Loki demonstrates his intellectual side as he selects a book to read.

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