My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Do You Love Sanquhar Patterns?

If so, check this out:

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Sanquhar Gloves: A Living Scottish Tradition

This is an online exhibition, presented by the Center for Knit and Crochet. (I just became a member of the Center for Knit and Crochet, by the way. Check out their vision statement!)

The online Sanquhar Glove Exhibition is fantastic — pretty much everything there is about this wonderful and unique knitting style.

I would like to point out the section called “Beyond the Glove.” Why? Because my Sanquhar Cowl is featured there! Slide #3. icon smile Do You Love Sanquhar Patterns?

A big thank-you to the creators of this fabulous resource for including me! In celebration, you can purchase my Sanquhar Cowl pattern on Ravelry for half-price ($2.50) using the code:

EXHIBITION

The special price will be good for the rest of this week, through Saturday night until midnight, Eastern time, January 23, 2016.

Loki sez:

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Such a deal!

Kids’ Knitting

Check this out:

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This is Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Anderson. As I’m sure you can guess from the title, this is a book for teaching kids how to knit.

If you’ve been knitting for any time at all, you likely recognize Susan’s name. She is a well-known knitting teacher and prolific designer, known for her patterns for adorable toys, shawls, hats, and other accessories. I met her a few years ago at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling and can attest to the fact that she is utterly charming in person. Everyone I talked to who took a class from her there raved about how wonderful it was. Sadly, I was unable to take her class as I was teaching too.

Anyway.

Susan has come out with this great book for teaching kids how to knit. First thing I noticed is that it is spiral-bound, which is a plus. It is very difficult to learn from a book if you can’t keep the book open and flat.

The book is recommended for ages 8 — 12. It contains step-by-step illustrated tutorials for all the basics, starting with a discussion of materials you need and explanations for how to read a pattern. Then it moves into the basics of knitting: casting on, working in the round, knitting, decreasing, binding off, etc. Included in the chapter on basics are several easy patterns, including this wee hat that Susan recommends as a good first project:

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It is worked in the round in bulky yarn, so it is a quick immediate gratification project.

The next chapter addresses intermediate skills, including the purl stitch and carrying colors for stripes. and there are several stripey projects in the chapter, including this Tablet/Journal Pocket:

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It incorporates both stripes and purl stitches, so new skills can be practiced.

The “advanced” chapter teaches skills including increasing, cabling, and yarnovers. My favorite project from tis chapter is this:

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Puppy & Bunny Hand Puppets. How cute are those?

The last chapter is all about fixing your mistakes — crucial to keep kids frustration levels low and keep them moving forward.

The book is written in an easy accessible style, and there are lots of illustrations and photos. And of course, the projects are adorable. You can see all the projects here on Ravelry.

Do you have a child or children you want to teach to knit? Want to win my review copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing for my review copy of Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Andersonplease leave a comment on this blog post telling me how old you were when you learned to knit (if you were an adult, you don’t have to divulge your age, just say adult! icon smile Kids Knitting ) and who taught you, by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, January 24, 2016. The random number generator will select a winner at that time.

Meanwhile, I am happily knitting along on my Emiliana shawl.

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And Loki is still floofy.

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More 2016 WIPs

I’ve completed a couple more projects this past week.

First, my  Risalire hat, a design by Woolly Wormhead.

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Not a great photo, but the hat is a perfect fit and came out looking exactly as I hoped it would. This took 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, in colorway 315P.

And I completed a second Pinglewin:

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You can never have too many penguins, don’t you think?

Now, I am working on this:

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This is Emiliana, a shawl designed by Lisa Hannes. It is a two-color shawl. Here are my two colors:

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I am using Madelinetosh Pashmina, which is a bit heavier than the fingering weight called for, so I will get a nice large shawl out of this. My colors are Dusk and Magnolia Leaf.

I like the bit of texture in the solid color section:

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I also like Loki’s “Squidgy Face.”

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New Cowl Pattern

I finally got myself together enough to release the pattern for the cowl I completed last month:

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This is the Nordic Border Cowl II. Why II? Because I discovered when entering the pattern in Ravelry that I have a Nordic Cowl pattern, and in my admin section of Ravelry it is called Nordic Border Cowl, even though it shows up as just Nordic Cowl in the Ravelry pattern pages. So I’m just ensuring that there is no confusion, although I did manage to confuse myself thoroughly . . .

That’s my very patient colleague Lemiel modelling the cowl for you. I lured him into my office on the pretext of discussing a work project and foisted the cowl upon him. He is a very good sport to put up with this and I do think the cowl looks great on him. (We did also discuss the work project, by the way.)

Anyway, the pattern is now available here in my Ravelry store and for a limited time (until midnight January 15) it is available for $3.00. After that time it will revert to the regular price of $5.00.

In other knitting news, I am working on another hat. This one is Risalire, designed by Woolly Wormhead.

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I am using Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino in colorway 315 P. The pattern calls for Koigu and looks really pretty in it, so I ordered 2 skeins in this colorway a few months ago for this hat. I am on a “hat kick” right now so it seemed like the right time to jump in and cast on. It’s knit on 2.25mm and 2.5mm needles, so a very fine gauge. And the stitch pattern is based on garter stitch, so it has a very compressed row gauge: 12.25 rows per inch! It makes for slow going, but the yarn is lovely and I am liking how the pattern looks, os all in all, it is an enjoyable knit!

The hats are very useful right now as our weather has suddenly turned cold. And I’ve noticed the colder the weather, the more snuggly Loki gets. He loves to snuggle up next to me on the couch:

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Can you find his head in this picture? I think he must have retracted it, like a turtle!

Welcome 2016

Well, 2015 zipped by pretty quickly.

I finished up a few things in the last days of 2015. Starting with this:

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I actually finished my Border Cowl before Christmas. A pattern will be available soon.

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And I finished this next:

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This is a hooded scarf from the Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting, and it looks like this being worn:

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I made mine from Mrs Crosby Ombra della Sera yarn in the “Roasted Chestnut” colorway. This is a worsted weight yarn that is 90% cashmere and 10% nylon and 100% fabulous. The pattern called for 660 yards of worsted weight yarn and I purchased 880 yards so my scarf would be good and long,

The pattern directs you to start at one end and knit towards the center, increasing for the hood, and then decreasing down the other side to match, so that I would be able to use every bit of this lovely yarn, I started with a provisional cast-on in the center and knit down each side, decreasing as I went.

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The resulting scarf is very long, so that I can easily wrap the ends around my neck and tie in the front.

I thin turned my attention to hats.

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This is Blunk the Hat by Martina Behm and it is a really fun knit. Very, very clever construction! The yarn is Merino DK Gradient from Wollelfe in the “La Laguna” colorway.

I just finished this last night:

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This is knit from a pattern called Pamir, and once again I used Merino DK Gradient from Wollelfe, this time in the “Granny Green” colorway. The pattern stitch around the bottom is tedious to knit but lovely to behold!

Speaking of lovely to behold . . .

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