My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

Two Pretties

I have two pretty things to show you today.



This is my progress on my Britta Cowl, knit from a pattern by Johanne Landin. It is worked stranded and in the round using two different colors. I am using the yarn that the original was knit from, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 100, and in the original colors because I love the look of the original.

It is a very long cowl, so you can double it around your neck, and it starts with a provisional cast-on. The cast-on required perseverance on my part! Using waste yarn, I did a backwards loop cast-on and knit one row. Then using the working yarn I joined and started knitting in the round. I checked 5 or 6 times to ensure that I hadn’t twisted my work.

After you complete the “body,” you fold it in half and work a three-needle bind-off to secure the beginning stitches to the end stitches. Very clever — you have a lovely field of flowers showing at all times and the stranded wrong-side is hidden in the middle.

This is another “long haul” project, as there are well over 500 stitches on the needle. But it is great fun to knit. The pattern is simple enough that I don’t have to keep looking at the chart, and the subtle color changes in the yarn make me want to keep knitting to see the knitted fabric emerge.



This is a skein of Wayfarer fingering weight wool, a new offering from Made in America Yarns.

This yarn has been designed with a solid palette especially for Fair Isle knitters. (It would be great to see it combined with a hand-dyed yarn too.) They kept it 100% wool instead of superwash to minimize the environmental impact and keep all of the good qualities of wool.

I have a colorcard:


You can also see all the colors on their website. The specs:

Content: 100% wool
Weight: 100 g | 3.5 oz
Length: 349 m | 382 yds
Care: Dry clean or hand wash in cold water. No bleach. Dry flat, do not iron.

MSRP is $14 per skein — a really great price! Check out the list of retailers to find out where to buy this great yarn, or ask your LYS to carry it — you won’t be disappointed!

I knit a swatch:


The yarn is made up of many plies, and in the skein has an almost cotton look to it, much like a very popular German yarn I know and love. Knit it up and wow! It is lovely and springy and makes nicely uniform stitches. I can see how this yarn will be great for both colorwork and texture. I haven’t quite decided what my yarn will become, but I’m thinking possibly a cowl or a hat.

Who else would like to try it? Made in America Yarns has kindly offered to send a skein to one of my blog readers since I am too greedy to give mine up. 🙂

Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM eastern time this Sunday, December 15, 2013, to be entered in a drawing to win a skein of this lovely Wayfarer fingering weight wo0l, in the color of your choice. When the random number generator picks the winner, I’ll email said winner with color options. 🙂

Wait — I have a third pretty thing to show you!



  1. Love the cowl and would jump at the chance to try the new yarn!

  2. I would love to have the Campfire Orange. I have already emailed my LYS, Bluebird in Sausalito to see if they have this yarn or can order it. We SF Giants fans have to stick together.
    Thanks for your great blog and all the great kitty pictures. They make me smile every time you post.

  3. I love the cowl and the yarn! Pick me! Hi to Loki!

  4. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the pretty things you make. I wouldn’t mind trying out the yarn.

  5. Ooooo that’s three pretties! I love the cowl, wants the yarnz AND I want a doll like Loki!

    I’ll settle for the yarn.

  6. Would love a chance to win the Wayfarer! Thanks!

  7. I love the cowl that you are making and am intrigued by the wool yarn. I plan to go look it up. Hopefully, I will win a skein and see how I like it!


    and yes, The third is very pretty! He has grown into a very beautiful house-mate.

  8. Love, love, love the cowl! Great pattern, beautiful colors! And, I would love to add a skein of that yarn to my stash…

  9. I’d like to try making that color work cowl using the Wayfarer yarn.

  10. All 3 are pretty but I am so partial to the 3rd;O))

  11. I would love to try a yarn like that. My vice is wollmeise ; )
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  12. I think I’d pick the same color you have! Love purple.

    The cowl is gorgeous!

  13. Wow…I had never heard of this yarn before and it looks great! Thanks for the chance to win a skein

  14. That cowl is super! I love the bright colors, especially since it’s been grey and really cold where I am lately. I always love a chance to try a new-to-me yarn; count me in for the drawing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Really like the cowl and the yarn shown. Two questions, is the wool soft or itchy and can I order online. I went to their website but can’t find an online link. The third beautiful item is the best and most gorgeous, more pictures please.

  16. Loki is just plain Gorgeous !

    This yarn looks to give great stitch definition.

    Your beautiful cowl would be just the thing for tomorrow’s 7° temp here in mid-MO

  17. Your new cowl is beautiful, Loki is even more beautiful. I’d love to win the new Wayfarer yarn.
    Ill have to search and see where I can find some. Enjoy the holiday season and I hear DC is getting plenty of winter weather. Cheers! Melody
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  18. Wow!!! who could pass up a free skein of beautiful yarn????

  19. Judy Comfort says:

    Beautiful cowl! but not as beautiful as that lovely ball of white fur!

  20. Julie (O-kami) says:

    Would love to try this yarn. Hmmm, I think Mr Floofy may be the prettiest thing in this post

  21. What a pretty cowl! Reminds me of flowers from the 1970’s.

  22. Maura van der Linden says:

    I would LOVE to try this yarn!

  23. Thanks as always for the contest.

  24. Beautiful cowl! Would love to try this pretty yarn.

  25. Loke is a vey handsome fella. Would love to win the yarn.

  26. Gorgeous cowl!

  27. Luv2CUSmile says:

    Gorgeous! And your cowl looks awesome. I really like those color choices.

  28. Helena Dias says:

    You are too generous. Thank you for sharing and your project looks amazing.

  29. The Harbor colorway is beautiful.
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  30. Since, you aren’t giving away your third pretty thing, I’d love to be able to settle for the second. But, truly, all three are gorgeous! Thanks!

  31. Cindy Lynne says:

    I also love the cowl you’re making and the way it is constructed. Beautiful colors too!

  32. Lauraquilts says:

    I love the cowl! Looks like a fun to knit.n

  33. Of course, the prettiest one is the third one, Wendy! I’d love to try that yarn. Glad you were greedy, because if I win, I could choose the Campfire color!

  34. All 3 pretties are lovely! I’ll bet that yarn is great in camp fire red. I have a young one who would looooove a hat made from that!

  35. Amy Schulze says:

    Pretty cowl, pretty yarn, pretty cat! Hope Loki doesn’t mind being called pretty!

  36. Your third pretty thing is just as pretty as the first two! I’d love to try this yarn–just checked out their web site.

  37. What I’d really love is Loki or one just like him. Since I’m allergic and I doubt you’d give him up anyway, I’d happily settle for some yarn!

  38. I just took a colorwork class and would love to try it out using this yarn as one of my colors.

  39. Your cowl is beautiful. Would love to try this yarn. Stay warm!

  40. That yarn looks luscious. I would love to win the skein of yarn and see and feel it in person.

    Zowmom on ravelry

  41. What a beautiful cowl. Stranded knitting is on my list of techniques to try out.
    It would be good to win the yarn, looks marvellous.
    And your cat looks somewhat contemplative, I’m sure he’s thinking of good things.

  42. I would love to give a try to this yarn… 100% wool it’s great as I can’t stand synthetics so it is a big plus.

  43. Courtney L. says:

    Wow, that yarn looks lovely, and the price is great too! Seems like it would be a lovely yarn to teach myself stranded knitting with.

  44. Lisa smith says:

    I would so like to try this yarn.

  45. Lynne in Florida says:

    Oooooh, thass purdy yarn! Yes, please enter me to win that skein.

  46. Beautiful yarn.

  47. What a beautiful cowl. I’ve just started fair isle knitting this year and am really enjoying it.

  48. Sherry Glover says:

    Love the cowl. Yarn is gorgeous.
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  49. Chris Reeske says:

    Your third is very pretty as is the cowl and yarn.

  50. Your cowl is absolutely beautiful…
    I hope to win the yarn… have heard great things about it!

  51. That yarn looks utterly lovely.

  52. Tonya Sullivan says:

    You knit so beautifully, I love the cowl and the colors you are using.

  53. Beautiful purple! Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Susan Forman says:

    Yarn looks beautiful Thanks for sharing

  55. All very pretty!

  56. That is a lovely and clever cowl. Wow 500 backwards loop cast on stitches! That is the way I Iearned, not the easiest – for me at least.

    I glad to hear about the new yarn and that it is comparable to your German favorite 🙂 It would be nice to have something easily attainable here and made in America.

  57. The yarn sounds lovely! With your comment about the environment, I definitely want to learn more about the environmental impact of superwash wool. I also have not knit a cowl yet but with the blustery cold days we’ e been having, it is definitely on my list!

  58. Count me in I’d love a skein.

  59. Love that purple! I’d love to get the yarn for a project for a friend whose favorite color is purple.

  60. Yes, pretty! Would love to try this fingering weight yarn! Happy St. Lucia Day!

  61. Beautiful cowl! I’d love to try the yarn. Thanks for the chance to win.
    lmecoll on ravelry

  62. Must try this new yarn! Looks terrific.

  63. Loki Loaf!
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  64. I would like to be the lucky one to win this yarn.

  65. I love your blog and I hope to win the yarn!

  66. Love to have the beautiful cowl… someday I will have the expertise! I almost have 3 years of knitting experience, and looking forward to retirement and more knitting adventure! Would love to have the yarn. Thanks for offering it to us!

  67. Teri Chambliss says:

    New yarn!!! I love new yarn.

  68. I’d love to try out this yarn.

  69. WOW! The yarn, the knitted work and Loki, all in one post!

    I’m wondering how something like this, worked in the round on DPs or looped on a long circular, would turn out. Of course the banding would be different, but you wouldn’t have to close the long edge.

  70. Lovely Lovely yarn!

  71. would love to try this yarn~Loki is adorable!

  72. Heck yea, I’d love some free yarn.
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  73. Thanks for the giveaway! And your cowl is beautiful. I’ve already added it to my Ravelry queue. Now I just need to learn to do colorwork!

  74. Such lovelies! I’ll take the final pretty thing if I don’t win the first! 🙂
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  75. Alice Moisen says:

    That yarn sounds wonderful. I’d love to try a new one. The cowl is lovely, too

  76. The Wayfarer yarn does look lovely, and that is a great price for that yardage!

  77. The third pretty thing is by far the prettiest; I do love the cowl. I would love to try the yarn.

  78. Wow the cowl! I looked at the colors, and though I don’t love the name I like the look of their Mud Puddle. All the colors look to be quite saturated; any would be lovely in color work. Loki has assumed the position we like to call Cat Meatloaf, when all the “pointy bits” are tucked away underneath. This is a Ninja stealth position so don’t be fooled by that innocent look!
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  79. Loke is the handsomest of kitties! Pick me, I need to make myself a cap to match my new coat!

  80. the yarn looks lovely – can I try it please?

  81. Anne Marie says:

    I’d love to try a new yarn!

  82. I’d love to try a new yarn! Well, who doesn’t?

  83. Beautiful colors. Will definitely try this new yarn. Thank you!

  84. Jeanette S says:

    Wow, your cowl is beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  85. Awesome cowl and, as always, an awesome third pretty. I think this yarn would make a nice hat so I’d love to try it.

  86. That yarn looks fabulous! I’m disappointed Fibrespace or Looped doesn’t carry it, but I haven’t been to Aylin’s in a while. Perhaps a trek is in order if I don’t win 🙂

  87. Loving that cowl!
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  88. I will take the third pretty, the one in all white. If he is not available I certainly will settle for the beautiful wool yarn . I still haven’t bought any yarn that not acrylic as to date, so this would certainly my first gorgeous yarn all for me.

  89. would love to have that yarn. You never have too much yarn.

  90. Love your cowl! That yarn looks great too. I would really like to try some of it. Loki is the prettiest of the pretties though!

  91. Nice yarn, although your third pretty thing is prettier.

  92. First two are definitely pretty, the third is extremely handsome :D! OOooo new yarn to play with….
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  93. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton says:

    I love colorwork done with long color fade yarns. Very pretty indeed.
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  94. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    The yarn looks great. I always like trying out different yarns. Thanks for the contest.

  95. Judith Smith says:

    Can never have too much yarn. Would love to try this

  96. Okay, the cowl is gorgeous, the yarn looks lovely, but I think I like your third pretty best! ; )
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  97. Love that cowl! The colors are sooo pretty!

  98. I’ll take door #3! That’s the real beauty!

  99. Lovely yarn and I’d love to win a skein.

  100. So nice of you to host this give away. It looks like beautiful yarn and it’s my favorite weight for all my knitting.