My current work in progress:

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



It’s August, and that means it is time for Camp Loop project #3! Here’s mine:


This is Brickless, designed by Martina Behm. I am knitting mine from Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag, a DK weight 80/20 merino/silk blend, in the “Boston Fern” colorway.  I’m using a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.

This wrap is rather oddly shaped. So far it is long and skinny. This got me thinking — when did the asymmetrical triangle become an “accepted” shape for shawls? That is, a pattern where you start out at one side with just a few stitches, and increase as you kit, then bind off when you are out of yarn (basically).

The first one I can remember seeing is Martina Behm’s “Hitchhiker” which was published November 2010. When I first saw it, I wondered why it was so popular — it’s a misshapen triangle, for gosh sakes! But as of this writing it has well over 15,000 projects listed in Ravelry, so clearly people like it.

But I can’t help thinking: pre-internet, say 25 or 30 years ago, would anyone look at this twice? I wonder.

But now, this type of pattern is perfect for a single skein of a beautiful handpainted yarn. Thirty years ago you would have a hard time finding much in the way of handpainted yarn.

I knit a Hitchhiker out of handspun that was a gift from friends. My friend Stacy handpainted the fiber, and Leslie and Laura spun the yarn for me. So it is a precious item to me.

There are many, many scarf and shawl patterns out there now based on this shape. I think another reason for their popularity is that they are pretty easy. For the most part, you don’t need to know a lot of advanced techniques. And they make a great “blank” for experimenting with striping sequences.

What’s the point of all this? No point, really. Just musing on how styles and trends change.

Wee Ones Raffle

Remember Wee Ones, the Etsy purveyor of adorable stitch markers?

Jillian, the amazing artist behind Wee Ones has always been very generous, donating sets of stitch markers for giveaways. Now she needs our help.

In her own words:

I was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2008 when I was 29 years old. At that time it had already metastasized to my liver. I went on to have major surgery and eventually gave birth to my beautiful twin boys in 2010. Since the carcinoid was caught after it had spread, it is now a chronic condition that I will be dealing with for the rest of my life.

We need more funding and research for this rare cancer.

On September 21, participants of the 2014 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai will take steps to change the odds for patients facing cancer.
The funds raised through the Walk enable leaders at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to apply monies rapidly when promising new research opportunities arise. Your gift enhances the programs and initiatives that serve patients and their families who come to Dana-Farber for its signature “total patient care philosophy.” These gifts provide the most forward thinking form of support.

The money I raise will go directly to fund the neuroendocrine/carcinoid program at Dana Farber.

Jillian’s funding page is here.

But there’s more! Jillian is doing a raffle. She has a great prize pot and anyone who donates at least $5.00 is eligible to win. She is running the drawing through August and will choose a winner on September 1st at random. The WeeOnes Facebook page shows the prizes and includes all the details. If you can possible help, please do so, for one of our own.


Loki and I have been celebrating our one year anniversary. When I came home from work on Friday, I found that he had opened a closet door and helped himself to a new feather wand toy. (I keep several new toys on hand at all times so I can replace them as he destroys them.)


Loki sez: “So what?”


  1. He was afraid you had forgotten the anniversary and wanted a present. Happy Anniversary to you both.

    Hey, I waved at Worcester for you as I drove by. Since when has it been called “Wormtown”?

  2. Go get ’em Loki!
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  3. My cat opens the yarn closet door, so you can imagine the results. At first I couldn’t figure out how yarn was finding its way through the house. Happy Anniversary!
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  4. Kris Peters says:

    I find Martina’s designs intriguing and very appropriate for a single skein of lovely yarn. Congrats on your anniversary! Loki looks so very content with you.

  5. I enjoyed reading your ideas about asymmetrical. They have become very popular since Hitchhiker. I think part of it is too that it is a modern look. I am quite a fan. Your Brickless looks really pretty.
    Happy anniversary to you and your fluffy friend! My kitty, Violet, opens all sorts of cabinets and closets. She started this when I was having some work done at the house – found a place to hide!

  6. Carol Lee says:

    I’m starting to think that Loki is just letting you know how smart he really is a little bit at a time. Sort of like a game. Thanks for the cancer walk link. Good topic for consideration.

    I’m in my mid summer blah and not sure what I want to be knitting. I have one sweater knitted that just needs to be sewn up. I’m thinking of a light lace top in a cotton blend (since I’m in Texas, there are limits to what I can wear comfortably).

    Since I’m between contracts right now, I’m very cautious with my knitting money until I’m working full time again. Hubby and I are visiting family in VA for a bit. I do seem to have a good lead back in Texas, which I should hear about this coming week. Prayers and good thoughts are appreciated.

  7. Charlotte says:

    I like these shawl designs & the cardigans with longer fronts then backs, but I don’t like most of the asymmetrical top & dress designs one sees these days & I absolutely detest the fashion style that’s been going on for the past few years where one’s clothing looks like it’s many sizes too small & too short.

  8. I liked knitting hitchhiker for the fun of it, for something different, I think that’s what appeals to people now. And it was the only pattern that my yarn looked good with.

  9. I loved reading about Loki and how he came to be a part of your life. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Susan (sjanova) says:

    Whew. At least it wasn’t the yarn room with all the yarn out in the open being evaluated for the next project choices. A very happy adoption anniversary to you and Loki!

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  12. Loki is just too cute for words. I love Martina Behm’s patterns and have knit both the hitchhiker and the brickless. I love how variegated yarns look in both these patterns.
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