My current work in progress:

Yell, a design from Marie Wallin from her pattern collection entitled Shetland. It is knit on a size 3.25mm needle with Jamieson’s of Shetland Shetland Spindrift.

Boost Your Knitting!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, my Alcedo Socks pattern is this month’s pattern in Boost Your Knitting from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.

You can purchase the book at the link above and hey, guess what? There are kits available as well!

(Pssst: If you use the code WENDYSENTME at the checkout then it will give you 10% off anything in the Boost Your Knitting collection.)

Not sure your gusset heel skills are up to snuff? Check out this video tutorial!

Meanwhile . . .

I finished the body of my Yell Cardigan!

I decided to knit the front bands before doing the sleeves.

I knit a facing for the bands, the same way I did the bottom edge. I l;ike the way it looks on the inside:

And Loki is as helpful as usual!

Alcedo Socks

It’s January 2020 — that means that it is the month for my pattern in Boost Your Knitting — a toe-up gusset heel sock. Check out the blog post from the Arnall-Culliford Knitwear blog on January 2 for all the deets, including a knit-along.

Meanwhile, I am working along on my Yell Cardi.

I worked a couple of extra inches before the armhole to make mine a bit longer than the pattern directs.

I’ve started the armhole steeks.

I’m doing my usual 10-stitch steek for the armholes.

And Loki is still being a big help!

Yell

Thank you for all your very kind comments about my Mary Tudor cardi. In answer to a couple of questions in the comments, I did indeed steek the sleeve caps.

So of course I cast on something new.

This is the beginning of Yell, a design from Marie Wallin from her pattern collection entitled Shetland. It is knit on a size 3.25mm needle with Jamieson’s of Shetland Shetland Spindrift. I’m making a few mods.

I’ve added a facing at the bottom to combat the curling that several Ravelers mentioned in their project notes for this design.

The pattern directs you do do a 5-stitch steek, which in my experience is way too narrow, so I’ve done my usual 10-stitch steek.

I plan also to make my cardi longer than the original design.

While I’ve been knitting, Loki has been “supervising.”

Mary Tudor

I finished my Mary Tudor cardigan yesterday:

I purchased the kit for this from Virtualyarns.com — it is knit from Alice Starmore’s 2-ply Hebridean on a 3.25mm needle.

I love the mitred corners at the bottom hem:

I found a pretty vintage button on etsy to use for this:

As you can see, Loki is exhausted from helping me with this project.

Sleeve Start

Yesterday I finished knitting the body of my Mary Tudor cardi and started a sleeve:

As you can see, Loki is helping.

When you get to the sleeve cap, you have the option of either knitting back and forth or in the round with a steek. There are advantages to each:

If you knit back and forth you don’t have the thickness of an extra steek at the armhole.

If you knit in the round with a steek, you don’t have a billion yarn ends to weave in around the armhole.

Decisions, decisions.