First things first, here are Dottie and Inga in their November outfits. They are dressed as pilgrims.
For their dresses I based them on Julie Williams’ Seasonal Dresses Pattern that fits all her little critters. I winkled together the rest of their outfits. I used leftover fingering weight wool.
Next, we have a winner for the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl kit, and it is Syd T., who has been emailed.
Third, I have a book to review: Spilly Jane Knits Mittens by (you guessed it) Spilly Jane. It’s published by Cooperative Press, and you can purchase the book in paperback via Amazon.com (who is temporarily out of stock) and in electronic pdf via Ravelry.
If you have spent any time on Ravelry and are at all into mittens, you will likely recognize the name Spilly Jane. She has lots and lots of cute mitten patterns (as well as patterns for other items, like socks) available on Ravelry. So it’s nice to see a whole book of mittens from this mitten maestro!
In addition to thirteen mitten patterns, the book has a lot of useful information for both new and experienced mitten knitters, including notes, tips, and tutorials on sizing, different thumbs, carrying yarn for colorwork, and adding embellishments to your mittens. The tutorials are accompanied by nice clear photos.
And . . . the patterns are extremely cute! They are all colorwork, in one way or another. There are two patterns for fingerless mitts, both worked in stripes. The Plain Blue Mitts would be a good pattern for a stranded colorwork newbie, as it is worked in stripes with just a bit of stranded knitting taking place when you switch colors.
I love the Cupcake Mittens:
This would be a great pattern for using up bits and leftovers.
The Penguin Mittens are another favorite:
Who doesn’t love penguins?
All patterns use fingering weight yarn and would be a great way to dip into that sock yarn stash to knit holiday gifts. The samples in the book are all knit from either Brooklyn Tweed Loft or KnitPicks Palette, but you could use any fingering weight wool or wool blend.
The publisher has authorized me to give away a copy of the eBook to one of my readers. Who’d like it?
To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Spilly Jane Knits Mittens, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time, Sunday, November 8, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner.
Here is Loki, practicing for the Sleep Olympics.
Freestyle. It is his best event.