My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Pour Moi Progress

A holiday weekend is a good way to make some good progress on one’s knitting. And I have made some very good progress on my pour moi cardi.

As a rule, I like to get as much of the “finishing” done on a project as I go along, and this project is no exception. So I knit the front/neckband before completing the sleeves:

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This was a lot of ribbing! I spent a lot of Labor Day “laboring” on this ribbing and it was totally worth it.

I joined the shoulders via a three-needle bind-off. I had worked the shoulder decreases as short rows instead of bind-offs because I prefer to do a three-needle bind-off for shoulder seams rather than sew them together. It gives a nice smooth seam.

Then I picked up the many, many stitches up one side front, around the neck, and down the other side.

There are buttonholes for 7 buttons in one side front. So all that remains now is to complete the sleeves, sew on the buttons, and sew up the side seams. I have one sleeve more than half done:

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Sock Architecture Giveaway

Judging from the number of comments left, this is going to be a very popular book! The winner, chosen at random, is Leslie F., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Loki

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Loki believes in solidarity through napping. Such a helpful kitty!

Knitting Update

I haven’t updated on my personal knitting here for a while, so here it is.

pour moi — I have the back done.

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The color is WAY off in the photo — it is a much prettier blue.

I also have the two front pieces done.

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Again, the color is not accurate. I will start knitting on a sleeve today.

I finished Clue 4 of the Outlander MKAL — linking to my project page in Ravelry because there are spoiler photos there. View at your own risk!

Stitch and Pitch!

The New York Mets and Metropolitan Hospitality will host its 8th Annual Stitch N’ Pitch event at the Mets/Nationals game on Sunday, September 14, at 1:10 p.m. However, those outside of the NYC area can also participate!

Stitch N’ Pitch will welcome hundreds of knitting and crochet enthusiasts to gather and stitch 7×9 inch squares to benefit Warm Up America, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes hand-knit afghans, caps and other items to a variety of social service agencies nationwide.

Fans outside of the New York area are encouraged to join in on the fun and participate by mailing pre-stitched yarn squares (7×9) to Citi Field, 120-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY, 11368, Attention: Carla Sanchez-Armora.

Lion Brand Yarn Company is the official sponsor of Stitch N’ Pitch and will supply yarn for the event though participants must bring their own plastic knitting needles or crochet hooks.

Meanwhile . . . 

And Loki is ready and willing to help me with chores today!

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Sock Architecture

I just received a review copy of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.

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This book is available as both an eBook and a printed book. It is $16.95 for the PDF version, $26.95 for the PDF and printed book, together, from Cooperative Press. Printed books will ship in a few weeks. If you just want the PDF and not the printed book and have a Ravelry account, you can buy it directly on Ravelry, here.

If you check out the Ravelry page I just linked to, you can read a very thorough description of the book and see photos of the 17 sock patterns in the book.

This is so much more than just a sock pattern book.

First off, it is beautifully written and a surprisingly fun read. The tone of the book is friendly, approachable, and humorous. One would not usually use those words to describe a book that not only is a treatise on sock techniques, but goes in-depth into the historical beginnings of sock knitting but they are totally warranted in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

Take a gander at the Table of Contents — this is the page that links to all the different heels and toes in this book.

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Impressive, no? There are both top-down and toe-up techniques, by the way.

There are lots of great photos in this book that document every step of the sock-knitting progress.

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And there are lots of charts! Charts for everything. For example, features in different heels:

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And with each of the 17 patterns, there is a chart for customizing the sizing of the pattern.

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Cool, huh?

This is a great book for any sock knitter. I will admit to being thoroughly sick and tired of socks but after reading through  Sock Architecture for this review, my interest is piqued again. It may be time for some sock experimentation! That’s how impressed I was with this book.

Who would like to be similarly impressed?

To be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of the eBook version of  Sock Architecture, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday September 3, 2014.  At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator select a comment and that comment will receive a free copy of this great book.

In other news, Loki took a nap last night after reviewing the new issue of Vogue Knitting (shown in the foreground, below).

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No doubt he is dreaming of handknits and how to shed on them.

Yes, Knitted Shoes

My knitted shoes are done.

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To recap, I stumbled across a tutorial on how to knit your own shoes last month and couldn’t resist. I acquired a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and jumped in with both feet. (See what I did there?)

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I created paper templates for all the pieces that I had to knit and then created charts from my templates. I won’t go into detail on how the shoes were created, because that is covered in the tutorial I purchased.

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Mods — I left the area where the shoelace eyelets are “un-knit” because several people on Ravelry who created shoes using the tutorial mentioned how difficult it was to deal with the eyelets and grommets. Because my shoes are black and my background yarn is black, I think my solution works very well.

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I did a black i-cord edging all around the knitted portion of the shoe to give a nice finish.

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And I knit i-cord shoelaces out of the foreground color, just for fun!

I used Malabrigo Sock in “black” for the background and Fiberstory Fave in “Lagoon” for the foreground color. With a US size 3 (3.25mm) needle, I got a gauge of 8 stitches and 8 rows to the inch over my fair isle chart — this is my typical gauge for fairisle knit with fingering or jumperweight yarn.

I can’t see myself wearing these on a daily basis, but I may whip them out for any future knitting events I attend. icon smile Yes, Knitted Shoes

Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen is Beth G., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Loki

I made Loki a new wand toy last night — drilled a hole in a sturdy bamboo dowel and attached some heavy twine to it, with a little straw wheel at the other end.

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Loki pronounced it delectable, and played until he could play no more. Then it was naptime!

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Totes Adorbs

I was just sent another new booklet from Annie’s Knitting:

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This is Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen. It is available for sale via that link in either hardcopy or electronic format.

As the title of this blog post suggests, this book is totes adorbs!

There are patterns for six complete outfits — these are all shown on the back cover:

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For better photos of each design, you can view a larger photo of each at the Annie’s Knitting website. Click on the “See More Images” button to scroll through them all.

All outfits are knit using Caron Simply Soft Light yarn, which is a DK weight. You could, of course, sub another DK weight yarn, and if you have odds and ends left over from other projects, knitting these cute little outfits will put your leftovers to good use!

The overall skill level for the patterns is set at intermediate ad that seems about right to me. There are a lot of fiddly little bits to knit and a lot of colorwork, as well as some texture and lace. But the instructions look very detailed and even include clear schematics for each knitted item. And there is a hand “basics” section in the back of the book:

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On the front cover there is a little emblem advertising StitchGuide.com for those who need more help. That link takes you to a site created by Annie’s that has great tutorials and videos not just for knitting but for several needle crafts. Definitely worth checking out.

Because I have no 18″ dolls to knit for, I’m offering my review copy as a giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drswing to receive my review copy of Sassy Knit Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls by Jeanne Kussrow-Larsen, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 after which time a winner will be chosen at random.

Meanwhile . . .

I am working on my pour moi cardi — here’s the back in progress.

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And I knit the second clue of the Outlander MKAL on Saturday. There’s a photo on my project page in Ravelry.

Today I’m going to do some work on my knitted shoes — I’ve got all the main pieces knit up!

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Loki says he is ready and willing to help me with that!

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