My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Archives for April 2013

It’s a Wrap

It’s done!


Since my last blog post, I picked up stitches around the edge (almost 1300 of them), and knit an edging. I increased stitches at each corner to make mitered corners.


I did a purl round to make a nice edge for turning, and knit a facing. I decreased stitches at each corner so that the facing would lie flat.


I ran out of black part-way through the facing and rather than break into a new skein, I continued with some leftover rainbow yarn. I think it looks kind of nice.

The wrap is a nice size to wear — here it is on Gwendolyn.


I finished just in time for warm weather. 😉

New Book!

I have received a review copy of another of the “60 Quick Knits” books, this one is 60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns.


Published by Sixth & Spring Books, it was released last week.

As the title suggests, it contains patterns for 60 quick baby blankets, all knit form Cascade 220 Superwash and Cascade 128 Superwash. 220 is a basic worsted weight wool yarn, and 128 is a bulky weight merino.

The blankets are all just too cute. Many of them are colorwork. Some really easy:


Some harder:



And some rather challenging:



There are also some solid color texture and lace blankets, but there are more multicolored than monochrome.

I love that they included the pattern for the wee lamb that is pictured on the cover:


Everything in the book is just so darn cute. If you have even one or two blankets to make, this is a great value: 60 patterns in the book. Well, 61, if you include the little lamb pattern. They are clearly written and are at varying levels of difficulty so there is very much something for everyone. Many of these blankets could be resized  — they could be made into full-sized afghans.

Who would like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy of  60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade Yarns, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. I’ll choose a comment at random and sent my copy to the commenter.

Lucy sez:


Is that rainbow blanket for me?

I Think It Is Long Enough

Fresh off the needles:


In the photo above, it is a tube. Here it is with the steek cut, laid out flat.


After cutting the steek, I steamed it with an iron. After this steam-blocking the piece measures approximately 74″ by 24″.

Now I am picking up a billion stitches around the outside edge to knit the edging.


And Lucy is being absolutely no help at all!