My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Pour Moi Cardigan Completed

I finished the second sleeve on Monday and put this baby together last night.

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I used Wollmeise DK in the Stella Polaris colorway and a U.S. size 5 needle.

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The pattern is pour moi, by Lori Versaci. If you are interested in knitting this lovely cardi, by the way, Lori is hosting a friendly informal KAL in her Ravelry Group. The KAL “officially” started on September 1, but it is a very easy-going group — there are people who started early, like me, as well as people who are in the planning stages. It’s a great way to get some tips and tricks for the pattern as well as see the pretty yarns everyone else is using for their projects.

This is not a difficult pattern, but it does use short-row shaping to get the nicely curved bottom edge. There is some a-line shaping in the body as well.

I’m looking forward to the weather getting cool enough so I can actually wear mine!

So . . . I have one clue left in the Outlander MKAL and that will not be released until Saturday, so I cast on a new project, using this:

That’s Wollmeise 100% merino fingering weight. You can tell I’ve been hoarding that skein for a while since it has one of the old labels.

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The colorway is “Zenzi.” Here it is wound into a ball:

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Wait’ll you see what I’m knitting with it!

Loki knows, but he’s not telling. He has a priority nap he has to take!

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Sleeves

One sleeve done:

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One in progress!

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And I’ve completed Clue 5 of the Outlander MKAL.

That is all.

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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.