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. Lavena, designed by Christiane Burkhard, knit from Kauni Wool 8/2 in the ""EK" and "CC" colorways on U.S. size 3 and 4 needles.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Warm Days, Cool Knits

I have in my hands a review copy of this lovely book:

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This is Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season by Corrina Ferguson (Interweave/F+W; $24.99) and it is available now from Interweave  (linked from the title, above) and wherever knitting books are sold.

As the title suggests, there are patterns for warmer climates and seasons. As a middle-aged woman with little ability to regulate body temperature, I welcome these designs! You can view all 20 patterns here on Ravelry.

This pattern collection is a nice mix of cardigans, short-sleeve pullovers, tanks, wraps, a hat, and a pair of socks. My favorites:

First of all, the cover design, Leora Tank. It is made from Shibui Knits Linen, a lovely fingering weight linen yarn (and I happen to have some in dark blue in my stash). This design features a sweet lace insert on the sides:

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The pattern is written for 5 sizes, from 35″ to 51″.

Nest up, the Denford Cardigan:

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I am a sucker for cables and latticework and this design fits the bill nicely. It is knit from DK weight yarn — you could use wool for a warmer outwear sweater, or a cotton blend for a lighter option. It’s written for 4 sizes, 36″ to 60″.

And how clever is this? Zolena is a pullover/cowl set.

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Knit in sportweight for the body and fingering weight for the cuffs and cowl, you could use wool or cotton or bamboo or . . . any other sportweight fiber or blend of fibers. You can make a cotton sweater and trim with wool. For cooler days, wear the warm cowl. On warmer days, leave it off. This pattern is also in a nice range of sizes: 5 sizes from 34.25″ — 50.25″.

And I love the Wiley Wrap!

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It’s an interesting shape — 5/8th of a circle. And fairly simple to knit. It is shown worked in two color stripes, but you could certainly work it in a solid color as well. It is worked from fingering weight yarn so that gives you a wide variety of yarns to choose from.

This is a great collection for women of a certain age (like em) who have trouble regulating body temperature, anyone who lives in a warm climate, or heck, anybody — knit in wool and wool blends, these knits would be great in colder climes!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to receive my copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 5, 2015. I’ll pick a winner at random at that time.

We have a holiday weekend coming up! My bunny girls are ready:

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And today is July 1: that means I can start knitting my Camp Loopy project #2 tonight. My yarn is ready to go:

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I am making Lavena, a lovely wrap pattern designed by Christiane Burkhard. I am using Kauni yarns: 8/2 Effektgarn in colorway “EK,” the gradient greens, and 8/2 solid in colorway “CC,” black. I think this is going to be a very fun knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is striking amusing poses to entertain me:

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Sunday Afternoon Update

The winner of a copy of the eBook Color Wheel Knits by Veera Välimäki is GretchenG, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’ll have another book review and giveaway on Wednesday, so please come back then!

I’ve been working along on my various projects. My non-public project is done, so I’ve been working more on Boxy.

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I’ve also got the Bunny Girls’ July dresses read for them.

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I have my yarn for my Camp Loopy July project.

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And Loki is primping for the week to come.

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Color Wheel Knits

Because I am working on a non-public project most of the time, with just a row done on Boxy here and there, today I’ll show you a book instead of my progress.

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This is Color Wheel Knits by  Veera Välimäki, the designer behind the hugely popular Color Affection Shawl. (I may be one of the few knitters left who has not knit one!)

The book was previously published in Finnish, so you can look on Ravelry and see the patterns and projects knit from them — a bonus over a brand-new book that may not yet have many projects.

It is divided into four sections, by color: Blue/Green, Red/Pink, Yellow, and Grey/Brown. There 22 patterns total: for sweaters, hats, mittens, and wraps for men, women, and children. My faves:

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Green Cables, a very sweet child’s cardigan.

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Stripe and Cable Mittens — these would work up very quickly for a last-minute gift.

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Freezing Point: a unisex pullover with an interesting collar treatment.

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Beetle Cap, a very cute cap in both child and adult sizes.

The publisher has generously offered a free copy of the eBook for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for an eBook of Color Wheel Knits, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time, Sunday, June 28. The winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Summer Knitting

I keep forgetting to say — I’m not doing a Summer Mystery KAL this year. Too many things eating into my time this summer.

The other night we had a huge thunderstorm. Is Loki bothered by storms? You be the judge:

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Summer Solstice

Happy Solstice! Me, I’m looking forward to the Autumnal Equinox. Not a fan of hot weather.

In my last blog post I erroneously referred to the piece I was knitting as the back of Boxy. It is actually the front. And it is done:

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It’s hanging off the sides of the table in that photo. Here is a close-up of the neckline:

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I’ve rolled it up into a nice fat inside-out sausage while it waits for me to knit the back.

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And here is the back:

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This will be demoted to commuter knitting now because I have a stealth project I need to start.

Loki is, as always, eager to help!

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Angelina Complete

Check out this very clever graphic. you may need to click on it to enlarge it to 100% in size. Then scroll down and enjoy. This was provided to me courtesy of ClippersIreland.ie.

Angelina

As the title of this blog post suggests, I did finish my Angelina Cardigan.

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My Camp Loopy Project for June 2015, completed.

In retrospect, I’d do things a little different — I’d make the sleeves a bit bigger in diameter. They are (and are designed to be) rather fitted. The body of the sweater is quite wide so the sleeves start at about the elbow and go from elbow to wrist. It’s just personal preference — I don’t like tight sleeves.

Although this is knit in cotton, I don’t think I’d be comfortable wearing it in summer — the tight sleeves would bother me in heat and humidity. But I’ll give it a try when the weather is cooler.

I added some length to my sweater. I do like the construction and think it very clever. I could see me knitting another one with re-engineered sleeves!

Boxy

I have returned to knit on Boxy until I can start my Camp Loopy July project.

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This is the back. I ought to be able to finish it and get a good start on the front. I do have a stealth project I need to get started on as well.

Mousie Pattern!

Total sales of my Nose-Up Catnip Mouse pattern to date: 245. That’s over $220.00 I will donate to the Snow Leopard Trust. Thank you, all!

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