My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It Grows

My big at-home colorwork project is growing. See?

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I am a couple of inches away from the start of the armholes. I am doing a simple drop-shoulder design so I’ll insert steeks and keep on knitting.

Loki can barely contain his excitement!

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Hitchhiker Beyond

Those of you who said that my new lunchtime project is Martina Behm’s new pattern Hitchhiker Beyond are correct!

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A couple of weeks ago I got a surprise in the mail — some gorgeous handspun yarn from my friend Leslie.

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I love that Leslie thought of me and spontaneously sent me some of her beautiful work for no reason that than that she is a lovely person. I loved coming home from work to a mysterious package and the contents definitely made my day. Heck, they made my week!

The yarn is a merino silk blend, 2-ply sport/dk weight, and there are approximately 350 yards of each color. As soon as I saw it, I thought “striped garter stitch shawl!” And then a couple of days after I got it, Martina released her new pattern. It was meant to be!

I worked a little swatch in stripes to decide on a needle size, and settled on a U.S. size 6. Working Hitchhiker Beyond in stripes instead of one color is working out beautifully — I don’t even need a row counter because I can see at a glance when I need to bind off for the points.

The two colors of yarn complement each other so nicely. Knitted up, you don’t see the blue bits in the brown/tan yarn nearly as clearly as you see them in the skein, which I find interesting. But they do look lovely together, don’t they?

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My progress is slow because I am knitting this only in stolen moments here and there. I do a couple of rows while I eat lunch, or if I only have a few minutes. My “big” project is bulky and heavy now, so I don’t want to drag it out if I only have 15 minutes of knitting time.

I weighed the yarn before starting so I can knit my shawl by weight — I want to be sure to use all of the yarn!

Happy Labor Day!

Loki and I are in the middle of a lovely holiday weekend. When he is not in my lap, he is never far away:

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He barely fits in his cat cup!

The End of August

Well this month has really zipped by quickly!

Here’s my new colorwork project again. It has a nice Art Deco-y panel in the center back.

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And the rest of it is a smaller all-over motif.

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When I took those photos yesterday, I had just started working with color # 16, so I’ve worked across the whole spectrum of colors I have one time. A milestone

Because it is a bit much to be schlepping to work, I started something else to work on when I have time during lunch:

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Not much yet! Anyone know what this is? It should be pretty easy to figure out. But the yarn is very special . . .

Loki knows!

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Long Term WIP

The winner of my copy of Vintage Hollywood Knits: Knit 20 Glamorous Sweaters as Worn by the Stars by Bill Gibb is Diann, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Here is what I have been working on for the past week:

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This is my own creation, knit from 16 shades of Wollmeise Blend. What it will become is a jacket. The colors in the photo are a bit off, but close.

I am knitting in the round (on approximately 1 billion stitches), so I have incorporated a steek, to be cut open to make the front opening.

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And I knit a plain facing around the bottom hem. Here is the bottom edge with the facing folded under.

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More will be revealed as this thing grows!

Loki promises to keep an eye on my progress!

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Going Hollywood

Another pretty book for review!

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This is Vintage Hollywood Knits: Knit 20 Glamorous Sweaters as Worn by the Stars by Bill Gibb, published by Sterling Press. Publication date is September 6, 2016, but it is available on Amazon.com now at the link above.

This is a hardcover book containing 20 patterns. The patterns are all re-creations of iconic sweaters worn by Hollywood stars during the golden age of movies. This is a reprint of a book originally published in 1987: Hollywood Knits.

What makes this edition different is that it has been updated to use contemporary, currently available yarns, making it a whole lot easier for knitters today to re-create these classic designs. It has been fully revised and updated design-wise and completely rechecked editorially to reflect changes in yarns since the first edition. The introduction has also been revised, since the author/designer died in 1988.

There is some nice historical information about knitting in the movies and stars who knit, including a list of movies that contain good knitting footage!

I did notice that there is one classic movie that was left out: The Lemon Drop Kid, a 1951 comedy that starred Bob Hope. Hope played a gangster who at one point dressed up as an elderly woman (an “old doll,” as he said) and hid out in a retirement home (a home for old dolls, as he said) to escape his enemies. He grabbed some knitting and feigned working on it, quickly turning it into a tangled mess. One of the elderly women asked him “What are you working on, dear?” Hope responded “A mop, to go with my argyle pail.”

To prove I did not hallucinate this whole thing, I found a still from that scene:

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They don’t make ’em like that anymore. But back to the book.

The sweater designs are classic and are lovely. Be warned, however, that the sizing is limited. The women’s sweaters only go up to a 40″ bust at the most, and the men’s designs go up to 44″.

The photos in the book are lovely: they are of the original Hollywood stars wearing the original sweaters. I would have loved to see photos of the modern renditions as well.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Gary Cooper’s sweater is knit from DK weight wool. I love the traditional Norwegian motif used for the colorwork — it’s timeless.

And Dorothy Lamour’s sweater:

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This boatneck pullover is knit from a DK weight cotton blend, and it is beaded! I think that gives it a very contemporary look.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Vintage Hollywood Knits: Knit 20 Glamorous Sweaters as Worn by the Stars by Bill Gibb, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, August 28, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random.

I’m going to wait to show you my current work in progress until I have a bit more done.

Loki says:

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“Does this water bottle make my butt look large?”