My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

Veronika

I am pleased to report that I have finished my Veronika Cardigan.

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It’s a cocoon-style cardi, so not that easy to photograph successfully, but hopefully you get the idea.

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Veronika is a pattern by Shannon Cook, and it’s a very well-written pattern, easy to follow. I used the same yarn as the designer: YOTH Daughter. I used the Black Truffle colorway, a lovely sooty black. Not the best choice for knitting in the evening in low light, but this is not a complex pattern so I had no problems.

I finished this Friday night and cast on for a quickie project.

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This is the Blue Angel Headband designed by Gretchen Tracy, a free pattern available via Ravelry. I used Malabrigo Rasta ultra-bulky yarn, in the Arequita colorway and a size U.S. 15 needle. I’m not overly fond of knitting at this gauge, but I put in a couple of hours and the result is this very cute warm headband that I am going to use quite often this winter.

And in Loki’s world, all is well!

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If At First You Don’t Fricassee

Fry, fry a hen.

I really do want a cocoon style sweater, so I started another one: the Veronika Cardigan designed by Shannon Cook. I’m using the suggested yarn, YOTH Daughter, because I’d not used it before and wanted to try it out. I am using the Black Truffle colorway. My progress so far:

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I am getting exact stitch and row gauge with the suggested needle, a U.S. size 8. This is an easy knit, so it’s good for mindless knitting while watching tv or socializing, Knitting with black yarn in the evening can be a challenge, but since the pattern is easy, that’s not a big issue.

In other news, Vroni and Clara had a slumber party the other night.

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And in Loki’s world, he has a slumber party all day, every day.

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Happy Halloween

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“Nuff said.

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Meh

Before the “Meh”

First things first, the winner of a copy of Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley is Jeannie Gray, who has been contacted. Thank you all for your comments on this great book!

Now . . . Meh

On to the “meh” portion of this blog post. I finished the Moth cardigan. And . . . I hate it. It is both unflattering and uncomfortable to wear. Couple that with a lousy pattern fraught with problems, it adds up to a big fat zero. I won’t bother to post a photo.

On to the Good

So I moved on, and finished One for the Books.

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This is a free pattern by Martina Behm that she designed so one could knit a cover for her new 2018 Strickplaner. I ordered the planner kit, which included a skein of Schoppel Crazy Zauberball. I chose the “Flussbett” colorway.

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The cover is knit all in one piece and is a genius of architecture. A fun and relatively easy project, and all you need to do at the end is weave in two ends and block. Because it is knit on the diagonal, you do need to block the cover. I put it on my planner and stretched out and pinned where needed with t-pins.

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I am all ready to document my 2018 knitting projects. I may sneak my sewing projects into my knitting planner as well.

Speaking of sewing, I’ve made my Gotz dolls a couple of new outfits.

Vroni loves her Scottie dog skirt and blouse.

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And Clara is in a little dress made from Liberty of London Tana Lawn.

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Loki prefers to nap and channel-surf.

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Knit Mitts

I have another book to show you today:

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This is Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley. More than just a book of patterns, it gives you everything you need to make mittens and gloves to keep you hands warm and comfy.

The book contains everything you ever wanted to know about hand measurements: a chart of survey results for adult and child hand sizes (9 different measurements — hand circumference, length of each finger, etc.), info on measuring a hand, tips for working without measurements, making adjustments, etc.

Next up, a discussion of materials: choosing your yarn, knitting for warmth, incorporating linings, and a useful chart of yarn requirements.

The next section is all about techniques — gauge, working on different needle types (i.e. circulars, dpns), different cast-ons, thumb and finger techniques, and blocking.

Then come the patterns. Kate offers basic patterns for mittens and gloves, with lots of details and information on variations you can work.

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Next up, a chapter on customization — adjusting a pattern to fit a baby, adjusting the length of the various parts of the mitten or glove, changing stitch patterns, and working in add-ons, like conductive thread (which any commute knows is pretty much a necessity these days!, adding a string to keep track of your mittens, and working a flip-top mitten.

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The last chapter is a collection of patterns: 9 very pretty designs for mittens, mitts and gloves.

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The appendix includes a stitch glossary and abbreviations used.

So if you are planning on making any sort of hand covering for the upcoming winter, this book has you covered!

Who’d like a copy? To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Meanwhile, Loki is being very helpful!

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