My current work in progress:

Pitch by Emily Greene, knit from Elsawool Cormo worsted on a US 6 needle

It Never Rains But It Pours

I have yet another book to review for you!

This is the latest in the “60 Quick Knits” collection from Sixth & Spring: 60 Quick Luxury Knits. All of the patterns (60 of them) in this book are knit from Cascade Yarn’s Venezia yarn, a 70/30 merino/silk blend that comes in both worsted and sport weights. While I have no personal experience with the Venezia yarn, I can see that it gets very good reviews on Ravelry. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is quite reasonably priced compared to other merino/silk blends.

You can view all the projests on Ravelry, here. There’s quite a nice range of items, including hats, collars, cowls, scarves, shawls, mitts, and more. There are patterns for colorwork, texture, cables, and lace. Definitely something for everyone.

A few of my favorite projects . . .

This adorable clutch:


A lovely fair isle beret:


And a cute cabled headband:


This book is a great source of patterns for gifts that will be quick to knit but will not fail to impress the recipient.

The publisher has kindly offered a second copy of the book for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of  60 Quick Luxury Knitsplease leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random then.

Speaking of choosing winners at random, the winner of  A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace is Sue H., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!


I needed a short-term project because I am still in-between Camp Loopy projects. So I am working on this:


This is a diagonal garter stitch scarf being knit from Freia Fine Handpaints Sport Ombre in the “Grapevine” colorway, on a U.S. size 6 needle.

I love this yarn. I am using two skeins of it, and where one skein ends, the second skein picks up in exactly the same spot so there is no break in the gradient.

I will likely make this pattern available as a freebie once I am done. While I am knitting mine in sportweight wool, you could use pretty much any weight, and make it as wide as you like as well.


This is what Loki is usually doing after I get home from work in the afternoon.


I have to wonder what he is up to all day while I am gone to get so tired?


  1. Wendy Herman says:

    That book would be a wonderful addition to my collection. I make all my Christmas presents and I would love some of those patterns.

  2. I haven’t done much fair isle (or I should say that I haven’t completed any of the little FI projects I started), but I would love to make that awesome beret!

  3. thank-you! hope your give-away (s) go well!
    hoping for a copy!!

  4. Love the knee socks. And that you had a link to the book’s projects!

  5. Love that hat!

  6. Sue Yokley says:

    Love Cascade yarn!!!

  7. Valerie W. says:

    I love the beret! Very nice collection of projects.

  8. Cynthia P says:

    Great patterns! Keep me busy!!! 🙂

  9. This looks like a great addition to anyone’s library!

  10. Thanks for the book review! The clutch is very cute!

  11. I have two other books in this series. They are great resources. Thanks for the opportunity to add to my collection!
    Nancy´s last blog post ..A busy week…

  12. Would love to win a copy of this book – thank you.

  13. Love the headband….Cats need no reason to ‘cat nap’ 🙂
    Lorna´s last blog post ..It Never Rains But It Pours

  14. I love your Camp Loopy scarf- very pretty! Please pick me to win the book. Thanks!

  15. Leslie Fehr says:

    I would really enjoy a copy of that book. I have used many of the different Cascade yarns and they do knit up nicely.

  16. Candra Sowder says:

    Saw it in a local shop! Amazing book I would love to knit from!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    This book looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  18. My son’s GF would love that clutch – so cute!

  19. That cabled headband caught my eye! Not sure if I know enough to make it, but I’d like to give it a try anyway!

  20. What a nice book –

  21. I’m so glad you chose Venezia to work with. Many of my friends have used it and I’ve been looking for patterns so I could buy some of this soft yarn. I can’t wait to show your book to my knitting group.

  22. Tom the Knitter says:

    Would LOVE that book. All of the “60 projects” series are wonderful and this one does not dissappoint.

  23. So many nice projects in this book!

  24. Carla Ciau says:

    Loving the book and Loki Cat! Sweet!

  25. Janalee Kelly says:

    I love anything quick to make, so I don’t have too many WIP’s lying around. And I can buy really nice yarn for the project.

  26. Sue Smith-Handgen says:

    I am starting my winter projects now…would absolutely love this book to inspire new creations. 🙂

  27. Thanks for sharing! Love the cat!

  28. Nancy Jo says:

    Looks like a fun book. Great to have worsted and sport weight patterns both. And I do like Venezia.

  29. Kareen Williams says:

    Just the thing to find ideas to use some special yarn I’ve been holding back!

  30. Linda Rose says:

    I’d rather have Loki but the book will do

  31. Michelle D. says:

    Looks like an awesome book!!!

  32. I have been wanting to make a six color beret for a long time!
    Please pick me!

  33. I love their books, thank you and thank them for the giveaway.

  34. Mamie Ney says:

    Fabulous and elegant!

  35. Laurel Luchsinger says:

    So many projects, so little time. Another great book with lovely patterns. Difficult to know which to start first

  36. I’m a beginner knitter and would love to win a copy of the book <3 🙂 By the way, I love your blog, it is bookmarked in my browser 😀 Keep up the great work!

  37. Patti White says:

    I love the headband and hat. Too cute.

  38. I like these books. Would love to own this latest one.

  39. Webknitter13 says:

    So many projects I want to knit in this book.

  40. Amber Johnson says:

    I absolutely LOVE the beret.

  41. Nancy Bergeron says:

    My favourite is the Fair Isle tam!
    That book looks yummy! Can’t wait to have it in my hands (whether I win or not)!
    My cat does that too… I think they just sleep all day!

  42. Marina Laura says:

    Love the patterns in this book!

  43. Kate Jordan says:

    Love the vibrant colors on the beret! Oh, and maybe Loki plays with your yarn while you’re away, then gets tired winding it back up.

  44. KnitKrazyKathy says:

    69 quick luxury knits looks like a wonderful book, so many great patterns!

  45. I have an exact match to your Loki only she is a black female that loves to lounge around on top of stuff, like tv trays! She loves yarn as well!

  46. Karen Mattingly says:

    Adorable kitteh! And thanks for the giveaway !

  47. Judy Stonerock says:

    Nice addition to the Cascade 60.

  48. LOVE the beret! It’s a must-knit.

  49. Oh I love giveaways! I would love to get this book. 🙂
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  50. Sue Virga says:

    The beret looks amazing. Would love to try my hand at it.

  51. I love the cabled headband. Thanks for the give-away!

  52. F. Castillo says:

    I would love to win. The patterns are lovely for presents.

  53. Iris Armstrong says:

    Some great looking projects – thanks for sharing.

  54. Loki is just soooooooooo cute, I wish I could sneak through the interweb and cuddle him 🙂
    Thanks for the give-away, the headband looks very nice!

  55. Linda R says:

    Thanks for the give away! Will look forward to your scarf pattern!

  56. Frances says:

    I’d love a copy of that book….I just got back into knitting, and the hat and headband are things I can make as gifts! As for Loki, what a beautiful cat…I could not resist rubbing his tummy if I saw him like this!

  57. Looks like a great book! I haven’t tried that yarn yet.

  58. Sharon Arrington says:

    Great giveaway. Thanks

  59. me-me-me-me-me! Randomly choose me!

  60. What a fabulous book. I would be completely spoilt for choice for my next project and that would be all my Christmas presents list sorted in July. Thank you so much for your generosity in donating this as a prize .

  61. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book – it looks awesome!

  62. Linda Newell says:

    Gosh, all golly … would my friends and family ‘luck-out’ if I were the winner!

  63. Gosh, good golly … would my friends and family be winners should I be the recipient of this give-away!
    Linda Newell´s last blog post ..It Never Rains But It Pours

  64. Lynn Clogston says:

    Always looking for classy and quick projects.

  65. That looks like a great book to have in my library. I would have to make some things for myself before making the gifts.

  66. Lili Hill says:

    Oh how lovely!

  67. Maureen says:

    This looks like a great book. I love the fair isle beret.

  68. Priscilla S says:

    Love the fair isle beret. Looks like a great project for learning that skill. Thanks for offering the book.

  69. Jeni Nelson says:

    Would love to make the cabled headband!!

  70. Mary Helen Toal says:

    Love the beret and the headband! Bet the other patterns are just as nice!

  71. Shelly H says:

    I love this series!!! I have almost all the other ones so would LOVE to add this to my collection! Thanks for the chance!

  72. Jo Jenson says:

    The bow clutch is cute.

  73. Love it. Thank you for sharing your goodies with us.

    I wish I could live Loki’s life!

  74. That book looks utterly lovely.
    Cassie´s last blog post ..June 29 – July 5

  75. Helen King says:

    Gorgeous patterns!! These would make fantastic Christmas gifts.

  76. Your cat reminds me a little of my dog…except your cat clearly knows he is a cat and therefore superior to everyone else. I love that headband!

  77. Cool projects! They would make great gifts

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  79. Thank you for your offer. The Brett design and color very beautiful. I love it.what a Tallent

  80. Mary Beth says:

    That headband is super cute!

  81. Love the idea of this book. Would be thrilled to have a copy.

  82. Quick is always good and even more so during the dog days of summer. The gradient scarf is beautiful!

  83. I see many projects I’d knit. I’d like this book for my library.

  84. sharon takafe says:

    What a wonderful book! Of course it’s expected from Vogue.

  85. So many clever ideas! I look forward to getting this book “60 Quick Luxury Knits”. It would help me use some of the luxury yarn that of which I only have 2 skeins.(I’m trying not to end a sentence with a preposition, my son is writing an english paper right now. It doesn’t sound right?)

  86. Elaine J says:

    I love the little red clutch. Curious to see other patterns that are in the book! Thanks for the chance to enter the drawing.

  87. Annette says:

    I’ve been knitting hats for Christmas – everyone would love me to knit these too.

  88. Thanks for the chance to win this great book in a wonderful series. Loki certainly looks very snuggly.

  89. Pam Stewart says:

    This book looks like it has a lot of great patterns. I would love to try the Fair Isle beret.

  90. Can’t wait to make them for Christmas presents!

  91. I used Venezia once before and found it lovely; if I won this book I’d have to buy more, huh? OK!

  92. This book has been on my Wish List since the previews came out!! Yes.

  93. Angela Amodeo says:

    I have some other “60 Quick Knit” books which I love. Would like to have this one. Have been looking for a more reasonably priced silk blend yarn too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  94. Barbara Miller says:

    My hubby has Alzheimer’s and these would be quicker for me to accomplish while taking care of him.

  95. Love the grapevine. I just finished a tee sweater in Mochi Plus Grateful Grape 🙂

  96. Michelle Noe says:

    sould love a copy!

  97. Cathy Chesnut says:

    Fully recommend all of the books in this series. Well designed with a wide range of patterns for all knitting levels and tastes.

  98. Mamakin says:

    I love all of the 60 Quick Knits books. They’re my go-to books for gifts and great patterns in general. The tam and headband has me wanting 60 Quick Luxury Knits already. It’s so nice that they gave a copy to share. The yarn is really lovely to work with-even better if I win the book!

  99. Really love a lot of the patterns in this book and sure wouldn’t mind winning it! Cheers from New Zealand!

  100. Jenifer Miller says:

    Loki is so fluffy! The book looks nice too…