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. Fine Sand, designed by Heidi Kirrmaier, knit from Rowan Creative Linen in the "Ochre" colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Wrapped in Color

I recently received a review copy of this lovely book:

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This is Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit in Koigu Handpainted Yarns by Maie Landra and Taiu Landra. As you may know, Maie and Taiu are the mother-daughter team responsible for the little slice of heaven known as Koigu.

I think Koigu’s Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) fingering weight merino was my first experience with handpainted yarns, back before thousands of indie dyers dotted the yarny landscape. It is still a favorite of mine, and there are now several different yarns available in their line of handpaints.

This is the latest book of designs created specifically for these lovely yarns. Most of the designs are by Maie, with a couple from Kersti and Taiu Landra, and a few from “outside” designers whose names you will recognize. You can take a look at all 30 designs here on Ravelry.

Some of my favorites:

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Patch of Berries. Koigu has released a variation of this pattern in the past — perhaps a smaller scarf? I don’t recall, but the pattern stitch is a great one for gloriously variegated yarn.

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Starfish is a lovely long dramatic wrap.

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Silver Lace has a lovely all-over pattern reminiscent of traditional Shetland lace motifs.

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Dash is knit from DK weight Kersti in an easily customizable strip sequence.

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Lola is an awesome dramatic wrap knit from Koigu Bulky weight and the fingering weight KPPPM.

I’m tempted to be greedy and keep this for myself, but I’ll be a good person and offer it up in a giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit in Koigu Handpainted Yarns by Maie Landra and Taiu Landra, please post a comment on this post by 11:00 AM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 15, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, at home . . .

The next time you see my Sous Sous sweater, it’ll be done.

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And here are Dottie and Inga wearing their March dresses.

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And here is Loki, doing one of his favorite things: watching my phone restart!

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In Like a Lion

First of all, the winner of my review copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits: 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker is AK McKinnon, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

I took a bit of time off from knitting Sous Sous yesterday so I could knit March dresses for my bunny girls.

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The bunnies are in my office (where they are safe from Loki) so I’ll let them change into their March dresses tomorrow.

So I’m back to Sous Sous.

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This is the front, which I am knitting straight across instead of with the reverse dip in the front as the pattern directs.

It’s March 1, and March is definitely coming in like a lion — we have sleet/freezing rain/snow coming down today. I was out briefly this morning and Basil was quickly encased in ice!

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Loki is content to stay in where it is warm!

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Faux Taxidermy Knits

I have here a review copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits: 15 Wild Animal Knitting Patterns by Louise Walker (David & Charles/F+W; $22.99; Available Now).

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If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be “quirky.” Given a paragraph, I would say that this is a collection of 15 patterns of anima-based knits. The patterns include both wearable items and home decor.

On the back cover, it states that this is a “tongue-in-cheek” collection, and that is for sure. Some of the patterns are brilliant. For example, the “tigerskin” rug is a masterpiece.

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I love (and laughed out loud at) the crocodile make-up bag.

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The hedgehog slippers are adorable.

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As are the bear coasters.

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Some of the patterns made me go “huh?’ Like the hanging pheasants:

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And the badger head, suitable for wall mounting.

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But I can imagine that these have their place — they are just not for me!

Who’d like my review copy of this cute, quirky book?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of copy of Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time Sunday, March 1, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Loki is a little concerned about all this taxidermy . . . see how anxious he looks?

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Sous Sous Progress

It has been a very odd week, with way more snow than we usually have here in the Washington DC area. That coupled with other breaks in the normal routine means that I got the back of Sous sous done.

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I have just barely begun the front.

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And my little helper is on the job!

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New and Old

I, of course, have something new on the needles since I completed my Chloe sweater last week.

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This is Sous Sous, designed by Norah Gaughan, an oversized pullover sweater designed for DK weight yarn.

I am knitting mine from stash yarn — second project in a row for me using stash yarn. It’s another discontinued Rowan yarn: Calmer, one of my very favorite yarns. It has great stitch definition.

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The pattern calls for a U.S. size 6 needle and I got both row and stitch gauge using a size 6 and Calmer so yarn and pattern are a match!

I plan to make my sweater a little longer than the pattern directs, and I plan not to do the “reverse dip” on the front. I will likely make the sleeves a bit longer and bigger around. I don’t like tight sleeves.

The majority of the sweater is knit in double moss stitch, which is very tedious, but the results make the knitting tedium worthwhile.

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Noro Lace Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Noro Lace: 30 Exquisite Knits is Liv, who has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

It is stupidly cold here, with insane wind chill. Loki is lucky he has such a lovely thick fur coat!

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