My current work in progress:

1. Claremont, designed by Laura Chau, knit from Feel Good Yarn Company SilverSpun Sock on U.S. size 6 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Crazed Scandinavian Cowl

My Crazed Scandinavian Cowl is coming along nicely:

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At this point I have over one-third of it knit. It’s so much fun to knit because, as I mentioned in my last blog post, no two panels of motifs are the same. Having something new to knit for each panel doubles the fun!

Want to know more about my colorwork process? Jaala of KnitCircus and I did a mini-interview, which is posted on the KnitCircus blog today. Go read it and learn my dark secret!

In other news, Loki is still adorable.

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Welcome to October! One of my favorite months . . , it means that we are looking at the end of hot weather soon here in the DC area.

Bunny Girls!

Dottie and Inga welcomed October by trying on their Halloween costumes.

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Inga is dressed as a Dalek, while Dottie is the TARDIS. If you are not familiar with Doctor Who, these costumes will mean nothing to you. But trust me, this is hilarious.

Book Giveaway

My review copy of  New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill is going to Hilda D., who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment entering the giveaway.

Now on the Needles . . . 


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This is the start of a new cowl design I’ve doodled up. I’m calling it “Crazed Scandinavian” because I charted out over 600 rows of Scandinavian-style motifs. No two panels are alike. Some are made up by me, some are traditional Scandinavian motifs, and some are combinations of the two. The yarn is Elsa Wool fingering weight woolen spun Cormo in two natural shades.

The yarn is beyond fabulous to knit, as I expected it to be. And I love the two colorways together — there is enough contrast to make the design stand out, but it still is a pretty subtle effect. Since the charted design will be incredibly busy, I like having the colors low key and muted.

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Loki loves that the weather is turning cooler. It means he can enjoy snuggling on the couch between his two favorite humans!

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New Lace Knitting

I’ve got another great book to review:

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This is  New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill, (Interweave/F+W; $24.99; September 2015), a collection of 19 garments and accessories that incorporate traditional lace patterns in modern pieces.

Romi starts the book with a listing of her 10 Golden Rules for lace knitting, commonsense advice that anyone knitting lace would do well to follow. The patterns are in these following sections: Waves and Ripples, Diamond Fantasia, Leaf and Trellis, Twin Leaves, Wind and Shore, and Twining Lilies.

In the Waves and Ripples section, Neoma’s Shawl caught my eye:

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This shawl is knit from fingering weight yarn and incorporates the very traditional feather and fan pattern into a two-color shawl that incorporates some short row shaping.

In Diamond Fantasia, I fell for the Town Square Shawl:

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This is a triangle shawl knit in laceweight yarn, that is knit in a non-traditional manner — there is no center spine. I love how the diamond theme appears in different ways in different sections of the shawl.

In Twin Leaves, I love the Silver Birch Slouch beret.

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This is knit from DK weight yarn and can be made lined or unlined

Next up, the Leaf and Trellis section. I think this denim skirt, Hope Valley Flounce, is fantastic!

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Not that I could wear a skirt like that . . .

In Wind and Shore, my favorite is the Williwaw Cardigan.

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Knit from fingering weight yarn, it uses the traditional Print o’ the Wave lace pattern, but turns it on its side!

And last is Twining Lilies. Check out the lovely Bright Moment Cardigan.

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This is worked in fingering weight yarn and is actually not very difficult to knit.

You can check out all the patterns from the book on Ravelry, here.

There’s a nice glossary of terms and techniques in the back of the book.

The book is a nice, well-rounded collection of projects: not all shawls, not all sweaters, not all accessories. But a nice assortment of all three.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time Sunday, October 4, 2015. A winner will be chosen at that time.

Thank you . . . 

. . . for all the nice comments about my finished cardi and the quickie zipper tutorial I posted last Sunday. Come back this Sunday to see Dottie and Inga’s Halloween costumes!

Meanwhile . . . 

. . . Loki practices for the Olympic Napping Team.

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Put Some Zip In It

The winner of a copy of KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, generously provided by the publisher, is Maggie B., who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway.

Yesterday I finished the cardigan/jacket that I have been working on. As I had mentioned, I inserted a two-way separating zipper in the front rather than do buttons and buttonholes.

When I completed the deep ribbed front bands, I bound them off with an i-cord bind-off to give a nice smooth edge. I then pinned the zipper in place.

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Here’s a closer look:

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Then I basted the zipper in place using ordinary sewing thread and a long running stitch. I then separated the zipper. Here it is on the inside:

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And the outside:

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Next, I used some fingering weight wool to sew the zipper in place permanently. This is a pretty close match:

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On the inside, I sewed down the edge of the zipper tape to the inside of the sweater, being careful to catch only the back-side of the cardi so it won’t show on the right side.

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Then on the right side, I sewed close to the zipper teeth, through the i-cord edging.

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I removed the basting and there you have it, a finished cardi.

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And the back:

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And this is what Loki was doing throughout the process:

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As promised, I have another book to review. I am part of the blog tour for this:

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This is KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, a new book from Running Press. If you have SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) you might find this book very useful! It’s a collection of 50 non-knit projects that use yarn. Clever idea, right? The projects range from home decor items to accessories, to gift ideas. The book is divided int ofour sections.

As I usually do, I’ve gone through the book and picked out my favorite project from each section to feature here. First, from the Home section, the Pom-Pom Chair!

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What a great, fun stash buster this would be! The materials list includes 8 to 10 170-yard skeins of medium weight yarn (which I take to mean DK or worsted) and a pom-pom maker. This would, I think, be a great project to do with children . . . think lots and lots of pom poms to be made!

From the Wearable Accessories section, the Makeover Sneaker!

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You could get really creative here. Tassels, braids, etc.

From the Yarn Art section, Starry Night Yarn Painting:

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This is a  project where you could get really creative. I can picture this in a number of different colorways.

And finally, from Cards and Gifts, Multicolored Embroidered Notecards

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This is another project that I think would be fun to do with your kids. If your child is too young to wield an embroidery needle, you could have him/her draw a template with crayons and then embroider over it.

This is just a small sampling of what’s included in this great book.

The publisher has generously offered a copy for a giveaway. Who’d like it? To be entered in the drawing for a copy of KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects, by Laura McFadden, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am, Eastern time on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Want to know what others are saying about this book? Here is the whole blog tour schedule:

Meanwhile in my neck of the woods, I’m making good progress on my jacket. I’ll show you in the next blog post!

Loki is resting up for that momentous occasion.

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