My current work in progress:

1. Hats!
2. Myriad stealth projects.

The Knitted Hat Book

Next up for review:

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This is The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More by Interweave Editors. Published September 16, 2016 by Interweave, it is 128 pages of hats! You can view all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

There are patterns for guys and girls both, and there is lace, texture, and colorwork: a little something for everyone.

Some of my faves:

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The Frolic Paperbag Hat by Alexis Winslow is made from fingering weight wool in two colors (the pattern calls for Quince & Co. Finch). This is such a cute solution for someone with a lot of hair. Don’t know what to do with your ponytail? Here’s a solution!

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The Forge Graphic Toque by Meghan Babin is another two-color hat knit from fingering weight wool (in this case, Brooklyn Tweed Loft) but it is stranded colorwork instead of stripes. Think how fun this hat would be using a gradient for the background and black for the contrast.

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The Timber Cabled Toque, also by Meghan Babin, is worked in Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Worsted and is a great, classic unisex hat. For a more luxurious hat, you could knit this up in a cashmere blend. Yum!

Those are just a few. Which one is your favorite?

And . . . who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of The Knitted Hat Book: 20 Knitted Beanies, Tams, Cloches, and More please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Loki will wake up in time to draw a winner!

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Happy October

Happy October, everyone! October and November are my two favorite months of the year so I am very pleased to turn the calendar page. And happily, the weather has turned a bit cooler so it is not a billion degrees with a billion percent humidity. I like my autumn to be . . . autumnal.

The winner of my review copy of Cowl Girls II is Susan Picciano, who has been emailed. As always, thank you to everyone who left a comment. I suddenly have a pile of new knitting books that I’ve received in the past week, so I’ll be doing a lot of reviews and giveaways this month. And likely next month. So be sure to stop by from time to time. I plan to review another great book on Wednesday.

In knitting news . . .

I finished up the first sleeve of my colorwork jacket Friday night, and started the second sleeve yesterday. Here’s my progress so far:

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It took me almost exactly a week to knit the first sleeve so the second will likely take about the same amount of time. So next weekend I will be able to get started on the neckband and front bands and the end is in sight!

Here is my box o’ yarn that I am using for this project:

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And here is a boy and his fuzzy rat.

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Cowl Girls II

Thanks for your good thoughts in the comments. I am improving after last weekend’s back issue and hope to soon be walking upright instead of resembling a question mark.

Check this out:

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This is Cowl Girls II by Cathy Carron, published this month by Sixth&Spring Books. It’s a pattern collection for . . . you guessed it . . . cowls.

You can review the projects on the book’s page on Ravelry.

Some favorites:

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This design is called Comfort Zone and it is made up of afghan squares. It would be a great way to use up leftovers, and you could achieve a lot of different looks depending on the colors used.

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“Winter Classic” is knit from super bulky yarn so is a very quick knit — perfect if you need a last-minute gift. Also a good way for a colorwork novice to practice skills.

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“Sweet Treats” combines two colors and two different stitch patterns: lace and cables.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of  Cowl Girls II please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

By the way, Cathy Carron’s first Cowl book came out 6 years ago: I reviewed it in September 2010!

Here is the little prince, worn out from a hard day of playing.

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The Plan

The plan for today’s blog post was that I was going to show you how I finished the body of the colorwork jacket with a photo of it steam-blocked and laid out carefully.

Well, yeah, that didn’t happen. I woke up this morning with some pretty serious new back pain. (New! Improved!) Being an expert at back pain, I can tell that this is not muscular but neurological, and I am hoping that something is being pinched temporarily. Emphasis on temporarily. And not something that broke off and is jammed into a nerve. I think it is the former rather than the latter, which is good, but blocking knitting is definitely not on the agenda.

Anyway, that’s all a long way of me saying that the photos are less than fabulous!

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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And a closeup of the top of the back.

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And I started a sleeve yesterday.

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And now I need to get back to my furry heating pad.

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The Colorwork Tube

Yes, I’m stil working along on my colorwork “tube.”

It is indeed a tube — I’m working in the round and will cut the front steek later to make a cardigan/jacket. The steek is that column of stripes in the middle:

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That is a facing at the bottom. It will folded up and sewn to the inside later.

Here is the middle back, with the Art Deco-y looking column of what I think of as lilies:

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And a closeup of the top of the back.

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I am halfway up the armhole at this point, so the end of the tube is in sight!

Then I will knit two smaller tubes — the sleeves — and pick up and knit front bands and collar. So there is still a lot of work left to do on this.

Loki is exhausted just thinking about what is yet to come!

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