My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Have a Heart

A knitted heart, that is:

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This is an afghan square (and an unblocked one), the very start of the Martin Storey Knit Along 2I read the announcement of the KAL in December and decided it would be a fun project to use as fill-in and commuter knitting. The project is an afghan that consists of 48 squares in 8 different designs. The seed stitch heart square is the first pattern, which was released last Thursday. I need to knit 6 of those squares. Subsequent square patterns are released every 2 weeks, so the next one will be out on February 11. Here is the completed afghan (in the colorway I am using):

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The yarn used is Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, and the afghan is offered in 4 different colorways: Calm, Blues, Evergreen, and Spice. I bought my wool, the Blues colorway, as a kit from Webs. You can see the kits on offer here. A nice thing about ordering from Webs is that they give you a very generous discount on orders above a certain price so that the kit ended up costing 25% less than list price. Score!

There’s some great discussion of the project on Ravelry, in the Rowan Yarns Group. If this looks like something you might want to do but you think you might need some support, rest assured that there is a group of lovely knitters over there who can offer advice and assistance.

An afghan is a large undertaking, but it is knit one 8-inch square at a time, so it might be a good way to get your feet wet with some techniques you are not experienced in. The afghan includes a little bit of everything. In the designer’s words:

For my second KAL in the Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, I looked to the motifs, textures and colours of our Northern European knitting traditions – the knitted textures and fairisle patterns of the Shetland Isles; the Faeroe Isles; Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.

And of course you don’t need to limit yourself to the 4 colorways offered in kits: you could put together your own colorway.

Mine will likely grow slowly because I am using it as a secondary project, only knitting on it during lunch breaks at work. Carrying one 8-inch square to work is a lot more convenient than schlepping a big project.

Speaking of big projects, I am knitting along on my rainbow-colored Autumn Wave and am cautiously optimistic that I’ll have it done within a week.

This little guy is no help at all!

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Rainbow

During the blizzard last weekend I cast on something to brighten things up:

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The pattern is Auburn Wave and the yarn is Silky 350 by Violet Lynx Dyeworks.

I have three skeins of the lovely rainbow gradient, so I started the first skein at red and knit through violet, the other end of the skein. So I started the second skein at the violet end and will work through to the red end, and will then start the third skein with red. I’m making my shawl larger than the pattern directs because I have plenty of yarn. Other mods — I am slipping the first stitch, purlwise, on each row, and instead of working k2tog where directed, I am working k2tog tbl. Just because.

Loki thinks the best way he can help is to nap!

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Snowzilla 2016

We survived the first snow of the year, and it was quite a storm. I believe in my area we got about two feet of snow. The city has doen a great job of snow clearance, though. Here is what my street looks like, late Sunday afternoon.

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I don’t think I can go to work tomorrow because the subway system will only offer limited service, and that service does not extend to me. And according to the news, people are still being urged to stay off the streets. So I think I have another day at home ahead of me.

Before the storm hit last week, I finished my Emiliana Shawl.

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This is made from Madelinetosh Pashmina, in the Dusk and Magnolia Leaf colorways.

After that, I knit a stealth project, and then I made this:

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This is Collina, a pattern available on Ravelry. I knit mine from Violet Lynx Dyeworks Merino/cashmere 150, an aran weight merino/cashmere blend. I love this colorway — it looks like a Tequila Sunrise. And the yarn is soft and warm. A perfect blizzard hat!

Sanquhar!

I’ve extended the discount in celebration of the online exhibition Sanquhar Gloves: A Living Scottish Tradition another week: you can purchase my Sanquhar Cowl pattern on Ravelry for half-price ($2.50) using the code:

EXHIBITION

The special price will be good for the rest of this week, through Saturday night until midnight, Eastern time, January 30, 2016.

Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Anderson is Mariaeb, who has been emailed.

Loki

Loki has been enjoying a lot of extra snuggles during the storm!

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Do You Love Sanquhar Patterns?

If so, check this out:

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Sanquhar Gloves: A Living Scottish Tradition

This is an online exhibition, presented by the Center for Knit and Crochet. (I just became a member of the Center for Knit and Crochet, by the way. Check out their vision statement!)

The online Sanquhar Glove Exhibition is fantastic — pretty much everything there is about this wonderful and unique knitting style.

I would like to point out the section called “Beyond the Glove.” Why? Because my Sanquhar Cowl is featured there! Slide #3. icon smile Do You Love Sanquhar Patterns?

A big thank-you to the creators of this fabulous resource for including me! In celebration, you can purchase my Sanquhar Cowl pattern on Ravelry for half-price ($2.50) using the code:

EXHIBITION

The special price will be good for the rest of this week, through Saturday night until midnight, Eastern time, January 23, 2016.

Loki sez:

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Such a deal!

Kids’ Knitting

Check this out:

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This is Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Anderson. As I’m sure you can guess from the title, this is a book for teaching kids how to knit.

If you’ve been knitting for any time at all, you likely recognize Susan’s name. She is a well-known knitting teacher and prolific designer, known for her patterns for adorable toys, shawls, hats, and other accessories. I met her a few years ago at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling and can attest to the fact that she is utterly charming in person. Everyone I talked to who took a class from her there raved about how wonderful it was. Sadly, I was unable to take her class as I was teaching too.

Anyway.

Susan has come out with this great book for teaching kids how to knit. First thing I noticed is that it is spiral-bound, which is a plus. It is very difficult to learn from a book if you can’t keep the book open and flat.

The book is recommended for ages 8 — 12. It contains step-by-step illustrated tutorials for all the basics, starting with a discussion of materials you need and explanations for how to read a pattern. Then it moves into the basics of knitting: casting on, working in the round, knitting, decreasing, binding off, etc. Included in the chapter on basics are several easy patterns, including this wee hat that Susan recommends as a good first project:

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It is worked in the round in bulky yarn, so it is a quick immediate gratification project.

The next chapter addresses intermediate skills, including the purl stitch and carrying colors for stripes. and there are several stripey projects in the chapter, including this Tablet/Journal Pocket:

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It incorporates both stripes and purl stitches, so new skills can be practiced.

The “advanced” chapter teaches skills including increasing, cabling, and yarnovers. My favorite project from tis chapter is this:

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Puppy & Bunny Hand Puppets. How cute are those?

The last chapter is all about fixing your mistakes — crucial to keep kids frustration levels low and keep them moving forward.

The book is written in an easy accessible style, and there are lots of illustrations and photos. And of course, the projects are adorable. You can see all the projects here on Ravelry.

Do you have a child or children you want to teach to knit? Want to win my review copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing for my review copy of Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Andersonplease leave a comment on this blog post telling me how old you were when you learned to knit (if you were an adult, you don’t have to divulge your age, just say adult! icon smile Kids Knitting ) and who taught you, by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, January 24, 2016. The random number generator will select a winner at that time.

Meanwhile, I am happily knitting along on my Emiliana shawl.

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And Loki is still floofy.

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