My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Leap Year!

Tomorrow is Leap Year Day and because I have’t run a pattern sale lately I thought Leap Year is as good a reason as any. So 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 and I thank you for your support!

Martin Storey KAL

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Here are my 6 blocks for the second pattern in the Martine Storey afghan.

I’m now working on the third pattern.

Bogus Bohus

And here’s my Bogus Bohus cowl in progress.

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This is what it looks like with the lining folded to the inside.

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The lining is nicely plain, in contrast to the complex outer design.

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I should have this completed within a week.

Loki sez:

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“Buy my mommy’s patterns. Help keep me in feather toys and catnip!”

New Directions in Sock Knitting

I have in my hands a review copy of this:

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This is New Directions In Sock Knitting: 18 Innovative Designs Knitted From Every Which Way by Ann Budd, published by Interweave and new this month.

Speaking generally, there have always been two ways to knit a sock: top down or toe up. Do you think that’s all? Think again!

This book is a collection of 18 sock patterns by a variety of well-known designers that will change the way you look at knitting socks. The designs are knit using a variety of techniques (double knitting, intarsia, short-rows, etc.), and in a variety of different directions! Different directions? Some examples:

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This pattern is Vanishing Point, designed by Jeny Staiman. You start knitting at the center of the diamond at the instep. Then you work a Judy’s Magic Cast-On down the length of the leg and foot, working it around the diamond. The sides of the sock are worked back and forth simultaneously, so when a gradient yarn is used, the pattern is mirrored across both sides. Clever, huh?

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Smokey Zickzacks by Natalia Vasilieva are knit side to side in garter stitch, and increases and decreases form chevrons that produce the traditional knitted-in-the-round sock shape.

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For Boomerang by Louise Robert the back leg, heel, and sole are worked in one piece that’s shaped like (you guessed it) a boomerang, then the top of the foot and front of the leg are worked in a lace pattern while the sides of the boomerang are joined into a tube.

You can view all eighteen patterns here on Ravelry and read the description of how they are constructed.

The book features nice clear instructions and includes a very useful illustrated glossary of techniques.

This is definitely not just another book of sock patterns, but a great collection of creative approaches to sock knitting. Who’d like to try out these patterns?

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 2, and I’ll select a winner at random from the comments posted.

Bogus Bohus

I’m working on the lining of my Bogus Bohus cowl — a much simpler colorwork pattern from the outside.

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The construction is this: I started with a provisional cast-on (the green at the bottom of the cowl), cast on approximately a million stitches, knit to the depth I wanted, purled one round for the turning round, and am continuing to knit the lining to the same depth as the outside. The cowl’s circumference is large enough to double around the neck, and I think it’ll be pretty to have the simpler lining show in places. Or you could turn it inside-out so the simpler pattern is on the outside.

Right now it’s smooshed up on the needles so it’s looking rippled. Once off the needles and steam-blocked, everything will lie nice and flat.

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There was a question in the comments about working with two yarns held together. For a couple of the colors I am using two laceweight yarns held together. I do not twist them together — just hold them loosely together.

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Loki would like you to know that among the various yarns I am using for the cowl is about 1% Ragdoll fur!

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Bogus Bohus

Here’s something I’ve been working on for a little while:

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This is a cowl, my own design, based on the lovely patterns of Bohus knitting. I’m using all Rowan yarns, a mixture of fingering weight and laceweight yarns (held together to make a fingering weight) — the fibers are a mixture of wool, mohair, silk, alpaca, and cashmere.

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It’s knitting up into a lovely light soft cowl that will be very warm and cozy to wear! The pattern will be available once completed and tested.

Meanwhile, Loki is enjoying a game of hide and seek.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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These are the first six squares for my Martin Story KAL afghan. Very appropriate for today!

Loki sez:

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“Will you be my Valentine?”

Rainbow’s End

I finished knitting my rainbow last weekend.

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The pattern is Auburn Wave, and the yarn is Silky 350 from Violet Lynx Dyeworks, a silk/wool blend in a glorious rainbow gradient.

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I used 3 skeins (at 350 yards each) and knit from red to violet on the first skein, violet to red on the second skein, and then red to violet on the last skein.

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The pattern is a very simple one, perfect for showcasing a lovely yarn. My mods to the pattern:

  • I slipped the first stitch purlwise at the beginning of each row.
  • Wherever directed to k2tog, I worked k2tog tbl.
  • I bound off with an applied i-cord instead of a rolled edge.

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To block, I just steamed the whole piece carefully.

While there may not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, it just makes me happy to look iat it. The perfect antidote to a grey winter day.

Loki’s idea of bliss:

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He’s pretending to be a kitty rug!