Happy Holidays to All!
Not much to report here, except that I have worked past the halfway point on my Britta Cowl. Here you can see the purl round that makes the turning point:
Still, lots of knitting to do!
Loki is waiting for me to get off the computer so we can watch a movie together.
By the way, if you are a fan of Loki, you might want to follow me on Instagram. 99% of what I post are photos of Loki. My Instagram username is “wknits.”
First things first, the winner of my review copy of The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White is “Sheeptricks” Denise, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to be entered in the giveaway.
The Britta Cowl continues, and at this point I am just 9 rounds shy of the halfway point.
I keep meaning to show this:
This is a double ball yarn keeper, made by Chic-a. I have a number of their single ball yarn keepers and find them extremely useful. It’s a great way to keep your ball of yarn safe and clean, and out of the paws of inquisitive felines. And the double ball keeper is fantastic for 2-color projects, like my Britta Cowl.
There were a number of comments about the photo of Loki I posted in my last blog entry, re-posted here:
Loki is lying on the coffee table in my living room. He loves to snuggle up next to one or both of his humans on the couch, but he invariably gets up after a few minutes and moves to the coffee table. I think he gets too warm sitting next to a human.
The red “stick” that he is half lying on is one of his fishing pole toys that he had been playing with shortly before his impromptu nap.
The coaster is one of a set of four that was given to me as a gift. They are commercial coasters with pictures of cats on them and I have no idea who makes them — they are cork-backed so no information printing on the flip side.
Loki would like you to know that he also enjoys lying on end tables. The lighting in the photo is odd because the sun is going down and I did not use a flash.
For someone who does not crochet, I do show a lot of books on crochet here!
When I was offered a review copy of this book, I thought it was too pretty to refuse!
This is The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White.
I happen to think that Irish crochet is gorgeous.
This book is divided into 10 sections:
Using this book and intermediate/advanced skill in crochet, you can create, among other things, pieces like this edging:
A lovely insertion:
Pretty filler stitches:
The book contains more than 100 motifs, so there is plenty there to keep a crocheter busy for quite a long time.
Each motif has complete written instructions for creation, and the book has an illustrated stitch guide in the back.
Who’d like my review copy?
To be entered in the drawing to review my copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a recipient at that time.
Speaking of winners, the winner of a skein of Made in America Yarns’ Wayfarer fingering weight wool is “knittingdancer,” who has been emailed. Many thanks to Made in America Yarns for not only sending me a skein to play with, but for offering a second skein for the giveaway!
Work in Progress
My Britta Cowl is growing:
At this point I am a little over one-third done. This is a time-consuming knit but is so much fun!
What Loki has been doing this weekend:
I have two pretty things to show you today.
This is my progress on my Britta Cowl, knit from a pattern by Johanne Landin. It is worked stranded and in the round using two different colors. I am using the yarn that the original was knit from, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 100, and in the original colors because I love the look of the original.
It is a very long cowl, so you can double it around your neck, and it starts with a provisional cast-on. The cast-on required perseverance on my part! Using waste yarn, I did a backwards loop cast-on and knit one row. Then using the working yarn I joined and started knitting in the round. I checked 5 or 6 times to ensure that I hadn’t twisted my work.
After you complete the “body,” you fold it in half and work a three-needle bind-off to secure the beginning stitches to the end stitches. Very clever — you have a lovely field of flowers showing at all times and the stranded wrong-side is hidden in the middle.
This is another “long haul” project, as there are well over 500 stitches on the needle. But it is great fun to knit. The pattern is simple enough that I don’t have to keep looking at the chart, and the subtle color changes in the yarn make me want to keep knitting to see the knitted fabric emerge.
This is a skein of Wayfarer fingering weight wool, a new offering from Made in America Yarns.
This yarn has been designed with a solid palette especially for Fair Isle knitters. (It would be great to see it combined with a hand-dyed yarn too.) They kept it 100% wool instead of superwash to minimize the environmental impact and keep all of the good qualities of wool.
I have a colorcard:
You can also see all the colors on their website. The specs:
Content: 100% wool
Weight: 100 g | 3.5 oz
Length: 349 m | 382 yds
Care: Dry clean or hand wash in cold water. No bleach. Dry flat, do not iron.
MSRP is $14 per skein — a really great price! Check out the list of retailers to find out where to buy this great yarn, or ask your LYS to carry it — you won’t be disappointed!
I knit a swatch:
The yarn is made up of many plies, and in the skein has an almost cotton look to it, much like a very popular German yarn I know and love. Knit it up and wow! It is lovely and springy and makes nicely uniform stitches. I can see how this yarn will be great for both colorwork and texture. I haven’t quite decided what my yarn will become, but I’m thinking possibly a cowl or a hat.
Who else would like to try it? Made in America Yarns has kindly offered to send a skein to one of my blog readers since I am too greedy to give mine up. :-)
Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM eastern time this Sunday, December 15, 2013, to be entered in a drawing to win a skein of this lovely Wayfarer fingering weight wo0l, in the color of your choice. When the random number generator picks the winner, I’ll email said winner with color options.
Wait — I have a third pretty thing to show you!
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