My current work in progress:

1. Alodia, designed by Moira Engel, knit from Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted in the "Eucalyptus" colorway on U.S. size 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Christmas in . . . August?

I have another really cute book to review.

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This is Deck the Halls: 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments and it is from Annie’s Knitting. The link takes you to Annie’s website, where you can order this great little book in either hardcopy or electronic download, for the very reasonable price of $9.99 for each format.

As you no doubt have figured out from the title, this is a collection of Christmas Ornaments that you can knit, and they vary from easy to intermediate.

I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites to show here because they are all so darned cute! But here goes:

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I love, love, love this wee reindeer!

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And the elf is also too cute for words.

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The little snowflake is a great way to practice stranded colorwork without the commitment of a big project.

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A little sheep! The body is knit with a textured bulky yarn so it is easier than it looks. I think you could use a worsted yarn held with a strand of laceweight mohair to achieve a similar result.

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How could i not include the wee socks among my favorite? You can really go wild with creativity on these with just tiny bits of yarn.

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And the same goes for the mittens.

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And the tiny sweaters too!

A lot of these ornaments would be great as embellishments on special gifts or as a holiday pin for your coat.

If you got started now, you could whip out a lot of adorable little embellishments by thew time the holidays roll around.

And to help, I’ll offer up my review copy, even though I selfishly want to keep it!

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Deck the Halls: 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time on Sunday, August 9, 2015. I’ll choose a recipient at random them.

Camp Loopy

August is the last month of Camp Loopy 2015, and here is my progress on my Camp Loopy project:

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This is Martina Behm’s Match & Move and I am knitting mine from Wollmeise Pure in the Sabrina and Tambopata colorways. This combo makes for nice subtle stripes.

I’m just a bit over one-third done at this point.

Loki wants you to know how tiring it is being beautiful and spoiled all the time.

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Enough for Now!

Meet Jean-Claude:

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He is Souris’ boyfriend.

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I made him a purple cable-knit sweater. I think he looks very debonair in it!

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And with this I am done (for now) with kitting adorable little critters from Julie Williams’ patterns. That is subject to change at any time, of course.

I have made the August dresses for Dottie and Inga — can’t forget that:

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Now that it is August, I am working on my Camp Loopy project. More on that next time!

Two years ago today, My buddy L-B and I took a road trip to West Virginia and returned with this little guy:

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And here he is today:

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Happy Loki-versary!

Out of Control

That’s me, out of control. Meet Fifi:

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I enjoyed knitting Florian the fox so much I had to make a girl fox. She is a bit larger than Florian because I knit her from aran weight yarn: a leftover partial skein of Rowan Harris Aran, a now-discontinued yarn. It’s a great foxy color, is it not?

That’s not all:

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This is Souris, a sweet little girl mouse. Her dress looks very French, no?

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I can quit any time.

A coworker arranged some of my critters so you could see all their little tails:

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The animals live in my office because Loki does not know the difference between them and cat toys.

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“Who, me?”

Foxy!

You will be relieved to hear, I am sure, that Angelique now has a dress she likes.

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Her lace dress, my own design, with the bodice based on the Seasonal Dresses pattern by Julie Williams, is knit from Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. Angelique feels very elegant in it.

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But that’s not all . . . she has a new friend.

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This is Florian the Fox, knit from Julie Williams adorable pattern.

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I love his bushy tail!

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You may wonder why I am suddenly obsessed with knitting small animals. Several reasons:

  1. Julie Williams’ patterns are brilliant and the resulting animals are adorable.
  2. I can’t start knitting my August Camp Loopy project until August 1 and I don’t want to commit to a large knit right now.
  3. When it is eleventy-billion degrees with 900% humidity outside, knitting on small items seems like a good idea.

What’s not to like?

Loki sez:

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“Meow.”

 

Angelique

Question: what do you do when you have almost full skeins of grey Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Baby Merino Silk DK leftover from knitting a little Loki cat?

Answer: You knit a bunny, of course! Meet Angelique:

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She is called Angelique because she is fuzzy and sophisticated, therefore I think she is French. icon smile Angelique Angelique still needs a dress. Dotty and Inga offered to loan her one of theirs while she is waiting for me to knit her one, but she pitched a fit about “used dresses” and flat out refused. So I have designed something just for her.

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Stay tuned.

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