My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Booties!

The winner of Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection plus a skein of Dragonfly Fibers yarn to make the Picasso Socks is Ruth, who has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the drawing.

I recently needed to whip out a pair of quick baby booties as a gift for a soon-to-be-born baby boy, so was cruising around Ravelry, looking for a good quick pattern. I decided on Baby Uggs, a free pattern by Autumn Street that is also available via Craftsy. They are DK weight so I figured they’d go quickly, and they did. I made this pair last Friday night — in one evening:

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I used Mrs. Crosby Carpetbag in the “French Chambray” colorway and the suggested size 5 needles. Note that my little helper is sitting behind the booties in the photo, not messing with them in any way. Do not be fooled. This is my first attempt at a photo:

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Ahem. Anyway, if you need a quick pair of adorable booties, check this pattern out. and speaking of adorable booties, check out this book!

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This is Creature Feetures: 30 Crochet Patterns for Baby Booties by Kristi Simpson, published by Lark Books. I think you can get an idea of how cute it is just from the cover.

As the title indicates, there are 30 patterns by a total of 7 designers, including the editor, for baby booties that are so cute it hurts. The patterns are divided into sections by theme: Out of this World, Wild Animals, Cute Creatures, and Good Enough to Eat. They are all so incredibly cute it is hard to choose favorites, so I picked one pattern from each section to show here.

Some of my faves:

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This is “Beepbot Booties” — robot booties! The pattern is written in two sizes: 0 – 6 months and 6 – 12 months.

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How about “Baa Baa Booties?” How cute are those? They are again available in two sizes

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“Foxy Feet” — so adorable! And these look simple enough so that even I could make them.

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“Scrumptious Sushi” — genius, right?

There is a nice illustrated section of crochet basics at the back of the book so you can brush up on your skills if needed.

This is a great book for quick adorable baby gifts, or to make your baby irresistible to one and all.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Creature Feetures: 30 Crochet Patterns for Baby Booties, leave a comment on this post by noon on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Here is what I am working on now.

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More about this next time!

Loki

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He looks so innocent when he is asleep, doesn’t he? Don’t be fooled.

Another New Book and a Palate Cleanser

First, the winner of my review copy of Ami Ami Kittens: Seriously Cute Crochet! by Mitsuki Hoshi is Elaine, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Next, check out this great new book!

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This is Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection by Kate Chiocchio and Nancye McGill Bonomo. The book description, shamelessly lifted from Ravelry:

The team at Dragonfly Fibers are inspired by color but that’s not all. For this book, Kate Chiocchio and Nancye Bonomo of Dragonfly started by choosing paintings they loved that represented the full color spectrum of modern art.

Their goal was not an exact match between paintings and yarn; rather, they created colorways that best express what they appreciate about the works used.

Whether it’s bold blocks of color melding together at the edges of a Rothko (and attempting to create a similar effect on Dragonfly yarn) or challenging designers to develop knitwear inspired by particular works of art, Masterpiece Knits will surprise and delight you!

Are you familiar with Dragonfly Fibers? I have long been a fan of their gorgeous saturated colorways and have a fair amount of their yarn in my stash. I designed a cowl recently using their yarn.

I love the idea of this book — designs and colorways inspired by works of art! The designers represented are Toby Roxana Barna, Barbara Benson, Erika Flory, Rosi Garmendia, Tanis Gray, Fatimah Hinds, Danielle Nii, Meg Roke, Andi Smith, and Ann Weaver.

You can view all fifteen designs on Ravelry, here. Some of my faves:

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This is “Morning at the Tate” by Meg Roke and it uses Dragonfly Fibers Pixie fingering weight. The pattern description: This unisex scarf combines the movement of the O’Keeffe painting and the boldness of modernism. The scarf features irregular strips of color stacked together at varying lengths apart. These burst of color are what really give the scarf punch, energy, and an urban feel.

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Here is Rothko Beret by Rosi Garmendia – I love this colorway worked in this pattern! It’s Damsel sportweight.

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And the Picasso Socks, by Fatimah Hinds. The patterning on these unisex socks, knit from Dragon Sock, stems from the lines in Picasso’s Paisaje Mediterraneo.

The book is available in hard copy from Dragonfly Fibers. This comes with a download code for the ebook version. You can buy just the ebook on Ravelry.

Or you can enter to win not only a copy of the ebook, but also the yarn to knit the Picasso Socks, shown above! To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this post by noon on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

And around here, I have a new shawl pattern!

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In between my insane cowl patterns, I wanted to make something quick and easy — immediate gratification. So here is my Palate Cleanser Shawl.

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It takes 800 yards of dk weight wool and is a combination of garter stitch and simple lace. You could use any weight wool to knit it. Choose a needle size that gives you a nice drape: a size or two larger than recommended for the yarn. You can also vary the patterns, working more or fewer rows of the garter and lace patterns.

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You can knit this shawl using a gradient, a solid color, a variegated colorway, or work it in stripes of two or more colors. The pattern is written out: no charts.

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The finished size: approximately 76” wingspan x 36” deep, at deepest point, lightly blocked.

The pattern is available for $3.00 in my Ravelry store.

I teleworked today, and now Loki is exhausted from “helping” me!

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In Between

I am between insane cowl designs, and I thought something relatively quick and easy would be fun. This:

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This is a simple shawl of my own design, knit in a DK weight merino gradient.

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The yarn is Violet Lynx Dyeworks Pearl 250. You can find Violet Lynx Dyeworks on Etsy.

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I love her gradients!

In other news, here is my third set of squares in my Martin Storey Afghan KAK.

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I’m working on the 4th set now.

Loki and I agree:

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We do not like turning the clocks ahead an hour!

A Winner, a Cowl, and a New Book

First, the winner. Judy (who has been emailed) has won my review copy of Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear by Jennifer Wood. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

Next, the cowl. My Bohus Cowl is complete and the pattern is now available on Ravelry!

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Thank you once more to my long-suffering colleague Lemiel for modeling the cowl.

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All of the details of the cowl are on its Ravelry page.

The outside is my interpretation of a Bohus design

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The lining is a simple wave design.

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It’s big enough to wrap around your neck twice but you could easily make one half the diameter.

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The pattern price is $5.00 but this is included in my Half-Off Leap Year sale (going on through March 13), so once you put the pattern in your cart, the discount is automatically taken and your cost is $2.50. Such a deal!

Finally, a new book.

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This is Ami Ami Kittens: Seriously Cute Crochet! by Mitsuki Hoshi and let me tell you — they are not exaggerating with the subtitle “Seriously cute!” I cannot begin to describe how cute it is.

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The book has patterns for 12 different cat breeds/colorways: Calico, Scottish Fold, Solid white, Ragdoll, Munchkin, Bicolors, British Shorthair, Russian Blue, American Shorthair, Siamese, Tabby, and Tuxedo.

Here is the Table of Contents

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One of the things that makes this book so squee-worthy (that is so a word!) is the photography. Each cat breed has a two-page photo spread.

Here is the “Solid White” kitty photo spread.

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And the Scottish Fold:

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And the Munchkin — look at the short little legs!

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And of course, the Ragdoll. One of the Ragdolls is on his back, demonstrating the “Ragdoll flop.”

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I don’t crochet well — I can do a chain and a passable single crochet, but that’s about it. So I asked a colleague who does crochet to take a look at the book and she says the patterns are very well-written and thorough.

Since I don’t crochet, I’ll pass along my review copy (albeit reluctantly) to one of you. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time next Wednesday, March 16, and I’ll select a winner at random from the comments posted.

Loki sez:

Call that a Ragdoll flop? This is a Ragdoll flop!

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Refined Knits

Before I launch into this next book review, I am pleased to report that the winner of my review copy of New Directions In Sock Knitting: 18 Innovative Designs Knitted From Every Which Way by Ann Budd is Susan (sjanova), who has been emailed.

And I have another book to show you.

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This is Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear by Jennifer Wood, published by Interweave.

There are eighteen patterns in this book, which you can preview on Ravelry here. There’s a nice assortment of items represented: sweaters, cardis, a hat, fingerless mitts, wraps, and cowls.

One of my big issues with a lot of patterns for garments that I see is that they look unfinished to me. They are lacking the nice details that sets apart a thoughtfully designed garment from something that just looks thrown together. No neatly worked neckband or hem, just a rolled edge — one of my pet peeves.

So that’s one of the reasons I like this book so much — everything looks thoughtfully designed and beautifully finished. Some of my favorites:

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This is Idril, knit in fingering weight yarn, available in a wide range of sizes. I love how the center cables extend up from the bottom of the sweater to frame the v-neck.

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Brielle is a cardigan that is also knit from fingering weight yarn, also available in a wide range of sizes. I love the complex braided cable that makes up the front bands.

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Estee is a cowl knit in worsted weight yarn that pairs cables with lace — with beautiful results.

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And Elodie is a pattern for fingerless knits that include a lot of lovely details, including a picot edge, kint from a sportweight yarn.

The patterns are well-written, detailed, and offer tips and notes on construction.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time next Wednesday, March 9, and I’ll select a winner at random from the comments posted.

WendyKnits Pattern Sale

Don’t forget: all my patterns available for sale on Ravelry are now 50% off through March 13. No coupon code needed, just add them to the cart and the discount will be automatically taken. No limit — buy as many as you want.

My Bogus Bohus Cowl pattern will be released before this sale is over.

Loki is demonstrating his usual level of excitement at such announcements.

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