My current work in progress:

Freshet, by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13, knit from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.


A couple of days ago, I got this booklet in the mail for review:


This is Baby Washcloths & Afghan Squares by Lisa Carnahan. It is a collection of patterns for ten textured squares, and one slip-stitch colorwork square.


Each square in the book is knit using Tahki Cotton Classic, a DK weight 100% cotton yarn, but you could knit them using any smooth yarn, really. If you want to knit a washcloth, knit with a cotton or linen yarn. If you want to join the squares into a blanket of afghan, you could use wool, acrylic, cotton — any fiber that strikes your fancy. You don’t necessarily have to knit them at DK weight either — go up a needle size and use a worsted weight cotton or go down a needle size and use a sportweight. If you use the DK yarn called for, you will end up with an 8 by 8 inch square.

The pattern for each square is accompanied by a large clear photo. The instructions for each include a skill level needed and are clearly written.


The back of the book has the list of abbreviations and other general info, plus nicely illustrated step by step instructions for the techniques you need to know to knit the squares.


This is a very timely booklet — washcloths make for great quick holiday knitting. You could pair a washcloth with a nice bar of soap and make a lovely gift.

Who would like this handy booklet? To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by 11:00 am Eastern time this Sunday, October 27. At that time I’ll choose a comment at random.

Current Knitting

My big pile o’ stitches is growing:


I ordered a 60″ cable from Signature Needle Arts. I had the stitches on a 47″ long needle and they were pretty smooshed. The 60″ needle is a big improvement! It’s much easier to knit and move the stitches now. Still, one row of 623 stitches takes approximately forever.


Loki Sez


“I still need a tummy rub!”

Here’s an early morning photo: he likes to sit on top of his large scratching post and gaze out at the world.



  1. Late to the party on this one. You had me at Cotton Classic, of which I have two skeins (a Christmas-y duo of red and green) for a project that never got made. Since then, the red/green combination always stymied me. How perfect to make them into interesting squares. Then I can do anything with them!

  2. Leah Robertson says:

    That book is so nifty!! And Loki is adorable! 🙂

  3. Just what I need for Christmas gifts.

  4. Diane in Chico says:

    I love the picture of Loki on his post 🙂 … and a book of wash clothes would be nice to have.

  5. Would love this book. I’ve just gotten into making dishcloths for holiday gifts.

  6. Ania Bloch says:

    If I start now (with the book in hand) I could knit up lots of gifts for the holiday season.

  7. Looks like a fun book! I need to start some wash cloths for Christmas and this would be the perfect motivation!

  8. Norms Horan says:

    Are you sure you want to part with this book? I would think you might want to have a change of pace after the huge projects you have been doing lately! Lol

  9. Looks like a great book love the dishcloths, great gifts!

    I have two male three year old Ragdoll kitties who I rescued when they were the same age as Loki. Such characters my two looks like Loki is as well. So glad you found him I bet Lucy is glad for you as well. You are a great photographer you capture his personality.

    Love your blog even though you are such an over achiever knitter makes me feel like such a slacker!

    Beautiful projects really really beautiful.

  10. Sign me up!

  11. looks great – would love to have it thank you

  12. I’d love to have this book – what fun!

  13. This book would provide many new patterns for gifts