My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Gone Camping

Having finished my un-bloggable project, I embarked on my Camp Loopy project yesterday:

This is “Daybreak,” a two-color scarf/shawl designed by Stephen West. I am using The Sanguine Gryphon’s Skinny Bugga! in the “Cuban Cockroach” (brown) and “Question Mark Butterfly” (green) colorways on a U.S. size 4 (3.5mm) needle. I took the photo in the middle of transferring it from a 24″ to 32″-long needle so I could spread it out as much as possible.

The pattern is written in three sizes and I pondered a bit about which size to make. I didn’t want a Daybreak that was too big, as I want to use it as a scarf with a coat next winter. The sizes available are a 52-. 60-, and 72-inch wingspan. While the smallest size would probably have sufficed, I wanted the knitting of it to last a bit longer, so I went for the medium size. So I’ll wrap it one more time, right?

This is, I think, my first time knitting with Skinny Bugga! and it is quite a pleasant yarn to knit. I am in the minority in that I don’t care for Bugga! — the sportweight version of this yarn. I think part of my problem with Bugga! is that I was knitting it at a fingering weight gauge. But Skinny Bugga! is very nice. And I love the colors. This doesn’t surprise me, as I usually love The Sanguine Gryphon’s colorways.

Daybreak is a very easy knit and quite fun. The pattern is easy to follow and it is keeping me entertained, what with the changing of colors and slipping of stitches that goes on.

It looks like I’ve gotten a lot done, but each row is getting longer, so the more I knit, the longer each row takes.

But, hey, I’m at Camp Loopy! Time is not important, right? Having fun is what counts.

Lucy sez:

“Will there be campfire songs later?”


  1. It looks wonderful! Zephyr cat thinks it would be fun to camp with Lucy 🙂 He sat on my lap to read the post together.

  2. Wow, everybody must be sleeping in today, or hurrying over to their dad’s.

    Very pretty! I am usually very conservative about color combinations, but I like this one, and it will work well with browns/creams and greens.

  3. Ooh. Nice color choice.

    I’m doing the Mizzle in Cascade Heritage Silk using a red and blue that are reminiscent in shade of 1976.

  4. I couldn’t get decided in time to join everyone at Camp Loopy, so I will just go ahead and do the catkin that I want to do when I get everything else off the needles and not feel pressured to keep up with the deadlines.

    I want to do Daybreak as well, and love the colors that you are using. I will have to go through the stash and see what I have that will go well together.
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  5. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Your Daybreak is lovely. I’m doing that one, too, but in really bright colors. I’m not sure how it will look!

    Love that Lucy is interested in campfire songs!

  6. Gorgeous! I love those colors together. I put those colors together in my card making all the time, but never with knitting. I am inspired!

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    lucy, let’s all hold hands (and paws) and sing “kumbaya”, then there will be ghost stories and smores for dessert! 🙂

  8. Your Daybreak is beautiful. I like Bugga first and then Skinny Bugga second. All of the Sanguine Gryphon colors are magnificent — never met one that I did not like.

  9. I agree with you on Skinny Bugga — especially for socks!

  10. I love Daybreak. I’ve had the pattern for a while but it’s way down in my queue and I’m trying not to move too many things to front of the line. (We won’t talk about Catkin which is my Camp Loopy project and moved right to the top of queue and backburnered another project.) I haven’t used Skinny Bugga but have used Djinni which is Dragonfly Fiber’s version. I loved it.
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  11. Love the contrasting colors of your Daybreak shawl!

  12. and marshmallows for you too, Lucy!
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  13. The shawl is looking really nice! Lucy doesn’t look too thrilled about “Camp Loopy”. My family thinks I am nuts too:-))

  14. I’m enjoying “camping” too – I am doing Figurehead from the newest knitscene out of spud and chloe sweater . I have not purchased any skinny bugga but I have been thinking of doing so – I love daybreak and it was a hard choice except that I thought as slow as I am I would have a better chance of completing something within the deadline if done in worsted weight. Lucy is such a doll (no pun intended) enjoy the daybreak – melody
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  15. How funny that I just started a different Stephen West design, Pogona, and am planning to do Daybreak next. I love how his designs are simple and engaging. Just enough detail to keep my attention but not enough to keep me from “The Zone.” Have fun at camp!

  16. Very nice. I am about 8 repeats in on Sweetly Worn, but like yours my rows are getting bigger (each repeat is an additional 18 stitches… it feels like it adds up fast!).

  17. Lynette says:

    I love Sundays! I miss reading your blog on Friday and Saturday. Crochet isn’t my thing, either, but I really would like to learn enough to do simple borders. For now, I hand over any crochet tools, books, etc., to a friend who does borders for me.

  18. I love how your Daybreak is turning out, what fun colors!
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  19. Love me some Skinny Bugga & love your Daybreak!

    Hugs to Lucy from Gunston & Bells!

  20. can’t wait to see the finished work.

  21. I’ve made Daybreak and it is a great pattern. I like both Bugga! and Skinny Bugga–the colors are amazing. My 3-year old grandson loves when I visit the SG site so he can see all of the bugs. 🙂 I just have to remember not to pull up “Lord of the Flies”…