My current work in progress:

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


So Much to Knit, So Little Time

The title of this blog post sums it up. Lately that’s the way I’ve been feeling. I see so many things I want to knit but the pesky day job is really getting in the way of getting a lot of knitting done. Of course, it is the pesky day job that pays for the yarn . . .

Here is my Brickless in progress:


It is in a pile in that photo, but spread out, it is getting very, very long. As I knit it I was having doubts about it, so I took out my iron and steam-blocked the completed portion so I could get an idea of how it would look completed. Much better! This design is knit in strips of lace, garter stitch, and ribbing, so it really needs to be blocked to smooth out the lumps and bumps.

I am very happy with the Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag yarn, too. It is a lovely soft single-ply silk wool blend. It’s only 20% silk, but feels to me like more. I would have guessed it was a 50/50 blend. It steam-blocked beautifully too. I think a wrap like this is the perfect use for the yarn. It is very soft so seems like to wouldn’t work as well for a fitted garment. I don’t think it would hold its shape in a piece that required structure, or that it would wear terribly well, being so soft.

On Monday, I received this from Jimmy Beans Wool:


This is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in two special colorways, Beauchamps and Fraser. (Fans of the Outlander series of novels will recognize those names immediately.) This yarn is for the Outlander MKAL that I plan on joining. Yeah, I typically have no interest in joining Mystery Knit-alongs but I looked at the designer’s other work and liked what I saw, so decided to take the plunge. I really love the colors of the yarn.

(The first episode of the new Starz “Outlander” series premiers this Saturday, August 9, but Starz made it available to watch free online and “on demand” last weekend. I watched. I enjoyed. I look forward to more!)

The other day I saw this on Ravelry. I am, of course, now obsessed with the idea of knitting shoes.

My New Knitter

I started my new knitter on the Easy Diagonal Scarf pattern I designed for her first project. Look at how great her knitting looks!


This was done after maybe a week of practicing by knitting a swatch. I’m so proud of her! Look at how even her gauge is! The yarn is some Koigu Kersti that has been marinating in my stash for 10 years or so. She is using a U.S. size 6 needle.

The Loki Report

Loki is featured as the Ragdoll of the Week over at Check him out there! Meanwhile, at home, he has a new playhouse.


I purchased it from (it’s this one). It’s made of cardboard and is shipped flat, so you put it together. No glue or tools needed, it’s all tabs and slots. Very cute, and Loki seems to like it. And it is roomy enough for all 13.5 pounds of him to fit easily inside.


  1. Cathie Jones says:

    Hmmm … Outlander MKAL sounds interesting. Think I’ll buy the pattern and wait to see what it looks like … 800 yds is a lot of yarn! The Lorna’s Laces colorways are interesting. Did they misspell the names to avoid copyright issues?

    Your “Brickless” is lovely.

    Love, love, love Loki!!!

  2. Oh, I’m going to have to check out the Outlander KAL (not that I have any business starting a new project!). I, too, loved the first episode on Starz. I don’t get that channel in my package so I probably won’t see the rest of the series till it has wider distribution. It did make me go back and start the first book, however. And I’m also reading #8!

    Love the Brickless, it’s on my short list.

    Loki-House! Love it.
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  3. Nice article- Loki is a sweetheart!
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  4. I don’t get Starz so won’t be able to see Ouotlander tv series. The knitting project has my curiosity up though. Maybe I can find the books at the library?

    Loki looks relaxed and content in his new “playhouse”.

  5. Your knitting student is doing an incredibly good job! The teacher must have something to do with it.
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  6. Can’t wait to see the whole thing…!

  7. Good heavens, didn’t realize Loki was that hefty. Ash (Korat) weighs in about the same, and is a real chunk. It’s gotten harder to toss him in the air as he likes.

    Looking forward to Brickless in all its glory.

  8. I got hooked on the series when the first book came out in 1991 and am currently reading the latest one Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. I don’t like watching movies after I’ve read a book as I prefer the images I’ve created in my mind. That said, I’m glad for the series as it will give others a chance to become acquainted with the story.

    Loki is beautiful and story at Floppycats is heart warming.

  9. Loki is way too cute! Loved the story at Floppycats.
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  10. Charlotte says:

    Our cat, Ocean, who looks like Loki, but acts like Agatha, the black store cat in Carolyn Hart’s Death on Demand mystery series, has beds & climbing towers scattered around the house, but her favourite place to rest or hide is a paper sack laying on it’s side.

  11. I’m so glad you posted the link to Loki’s story in Floppycats, and so happy for you two. I cried when Lucy died (I had just lost my own dear kitty), but these new kitties have a way of healing our hearts. That Loki… he’s a beauty!

  12. Love the color of your brickless. I’m looking forward to seeing the Outlander series. Almost done listening to the second book now so I’ve really just started on the whole story! And I love Loki’s new house.
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  13. cecilia david says:

    Great write up on Loki. I am very enamored with the idea of owning a Ragdoll. Have a great weekend. Signed up for the Outlander KAL as well as ordered the yarn.
    Have a great weekend. cecilia