My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

August Camp Loopy Project

A couple of blog posts age I showed you a photo of my yarn for my August Camp Loopy project: Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton in the Mediterranean colorway. Here is what it is growing up to become:

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This is Lila, a short sleeve cardigan designed by Sarah Hatton. It was the free pattern in Rowan’s June newsletter, and you can download a free copy of the pattern via Ravelry, here.

TheBlue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton is lovely to work with and the color is gorgeous. This photo is a pretty accurate depiction of the color.

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Loki says:

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“All hail King Loki!”

Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, my BFF L-B and I took a road trip to Martinsburg, WV to pick up this little guy:

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Today is our 4-year Loki-versary! It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since this ball o’ floof came to live with me. He was two years old when I adopted him — he had his 6th birthday this past April.

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He is the personification of Ragdoll traits, happy to flop down anywhere and fall asleep.

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He also loves to nap in my Hinza Tote.

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I purchased it from The Loopy Ewe to use as, well, a tote bag. But Loki has commandeered it for himself.

At night he sleeps on top of the dresser by my bed so he can keep tabs on me during the night.

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Tonight he’ll get a new toy, and lots of kisses and snuggles!

July Update

Blog updates have been thin on the ground due to the nature of my current knitting: secret.

But I did a bit of sewing last week:

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Julie is pleased to be modeling her 1970s peasant top.

On Tuesday, I can start working on my August Camp Loopy project. Here’s the yarn:

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And of course, Loki is overseeing everything.

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Stealth

The Random Number Generator selected Monica Cortada to win a copy of Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Monica has been emailed. A big thank you to Interweave for not only sending me the review copy butoffering this second copy for the giveaway!

Right now I am between Camp Loopy projects. I finished my July project, and I can’t start my August project until next month. So I am working on a stealth project which is fun and challenging and satisfying, but makes for dull blog posts.

It is also cumbersome, so I am not schlepping it to work every day to work on during lunch. I stopped knitting on the train years ago because it’s too uncomfortable, so that leaves a few stolen minutes during my lunch break for knitting. I usually end up with 15 minutes or less knitting time during lunch, so it’s not worth bringing something large or complex. So I am working on this during lunch:

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(Pen included for scale).

This is a wee sweater sized for an American Girl doll. It’s the Caithness Cardi, designed by Patricia Renwick, available for sale on Ravelry. I am knitting mine from some Wollmeise blend I had left over from another project. I’m knitting the pattern as written, except I have made the side cables mirror image of each other rather than twisting them in the same direction.

It’s a fun and easy pattern and I like that I can make visible progress even though I am only knitting on it a few minutes a few times a week.

Why It is Hard for Me to Leave for Work in the Morning

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“Don’t go, Momma!”

Alterknit Stitch Dictionary

I have another great book for review:

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This is Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Published by Interweave, it’s a 164-page hardcover book due out August 10. As you can deduce from the title, it contains 200 stranded colorwork motifs. They are described as being new and non-traditional. Some are geometric, some are based on “things,” some on animals, some on natural eelements, some on man-made and architectural elements. It’s a great collection that will help you with your own original creations. Or perhaps you want to switch out a motif in a pattern for something fresh and new.

Each motif is shown in a color chart and as a knitted swatch.

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In addition to the dictionary of motifs, there are helpful how-to sections: choosing yarns and colors and color dominance, holding your yarn, dealing with floats,  swatching, reading charts, working steeks, and more.

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And there are also some fun patterns that incorporate motifs. There are five patterns, for a beanie, mittens, a cowl, a pullover, and a cardigan.

This is the “Bikey Beanie:”

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“Deep Ocean Mittens:”

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And “Skull and Crossbones Pullover.”

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All in all, a great book: how-tos, charts for motifs, and patterns for a few very cute projects.

Who’s like a copy? Interweave has generously offered a second copy for one of my readers. To be entered in the giveaway for this great book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and a winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Loki is settling down for an afternoon of what he does best: supervising my every move!

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