My current work in progress:

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


At Dawn

I finished my At Dawn wrap Sunday night.


I knit this from two skeins of Wollmeise Blend, in the Lavendel and Grunfink colorways on a U.S. size 4 needle. No mods to the pattern, and I have a decent amount of each color left over, enough for a pair of colorwork fingerless mitts to match, perhaps.

There was some confusion in the comments about the yardage of the Wollmeise Blend yarn. The label states that there are 364 yards per 100 grams, but the skeins are 150 grams in weight, so have 546 yards per skein.

This project was pure pleasure: a fun pattern and yummy yarn. The resulting wrap is incredibly soft and darn pretty!

Chunky Knits

Last week I got a review copy of this book in the mail:


This is Chunky Knits by Ashley Little and the subtitle is “31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn” which describes pretty well the focus of the book! It does not seem to be listed on Ravelry yet. The publication date is October 14, so it will likely show up there soon.

Now, I’m usually not a big fan of knitting with chunky yarns — give me a nice fingering weight and a 2mm needle and I’m a happy girl. But this book has a lot of really cute and creative designs in it. There is an index page with thumbnail photos in the front of the book:


As you might expect, there are hats, cowls, and scarves, as well as a pair of fingerless mitts  and a pair of boot toppers. But my favorites are, I think, really inspired!

A knitted hassock:


A cool thing about this — it is stuffed with a queen size comforter. What a clever way to store bedding!

A cabled pillow:


A great practice piece for someone who wants to hone cabling skills.

“Sachet” balls:


These would make great gifts! You could stuff them with cedar chips or potpourri, or just plain old fiberfill if you wanted to use them as ornaments.

There is a good resource section in the back of the book with nicely illustrated techniques.

Most of the projects in the book are knitted from bulky yarns that are widely available and are knit to a gauge of 3 to 4 stitches to an inch. There are a few projects that are made from super bulky yarn, or bulky yarn held double.

All in all, a very nice book with a good variety of projects. You could whip out a lot of holiday gifts using this book.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my review copy of Chunky Knits by Ashley Little, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, October 8, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Loki is celebrating the arrival of October with . . . no big surprise . . . a nap.


Look at those plush little bunny feet!




  1. Love your wrap! The sachet balls will be a great gift idea!

  2. Anita Dodds says:

    I too prefer finer yarn and smaller needles. However, the hassock stuffed with a quilt looks intriguing. I’m interested to see what else there is.

  3. I love chunky knits

  4. The book looks great. I see a few projects that I would likely make. As always Loki is so cute!

  5. Fuego Azul says:

    You did a beautiful job! I love the colors & their names. Count me in the drawing for the book, please. Thank you for another fun giveaway! Happy Fall!

  6. celestine says:

    What a great looking book.Love the idea of knitting with chunky

  7. Love the hassock, wow! Love those bunny feet too–totally gorgeous!

  8. Would love the book and would also like to smooch on Loki’s fuzzy bunny feets!

  9. Chunky knits always give instant gratification!

  10. Good project ideas! I can spin chunky yarn from my sheep’s wool which would make the gifts even more special.

  11. LITTLE bunny feet?!! There’s nothing LITTLE about that big handsome boy!

  12. Love the chunky knits review

  13. I love love love the hassock! Great ideas for chunky yarn.

    Loki is so darn cute!!

  14. I like that hassock idea!

  15. I have started to fall in love with thick yarns all over again (after a few years hiatus in which I pretty much only knit socks). This book looks awesome!

  16. Love the bunny feet!

  17. haha! that loki is a chunky k(n)it!
    he really is fabulous and yes, i’d like a chance at the book.

  18. Midnite Baker says:

    Count me in for the drawing. I have lots of White Buffalo pucks that need to be used up. Thanks for the chance. M

  19. Thank you for the chance to win and your generosity in gifting such great books!

  20. I seldom use chunky yarn, but it’s great when you are in a hurry!
    Ellen´s last blog post ..Easy Peasy Tomato Preserving

  21. Oh, magic random-email-generator, I covet this book, so randomly pick me.

  22. Chunky seems to be a “thing” this year. Love your At Dawn.

  23. Just started knitting with bulky and really like the way it looks. Got my 92 yr young mother knitting with it, too – she’s adjusting. We could use this book. Thank you.

  24. Your pictures of Loki always brighten my week!
    And that book looks intriguing!

  25. What a great book….Love the Hassock idea…

  26. Love this book….the Hasssock is great project….
    Nannett´s last blog post ..At Dawn

  27. Awesome book! I would love to win it!

  28. Linda Swenson says:

    I’d love to knit thank ottoman!

  29. This book has been on my wish list! I have some chunky yarn that I took apart from something I made many years ago. Been waiting to find something good to make with it.

  30. Love the knitted hassock. That would be fun to try! I’m hoping to do a cabled pillow soon. A pattern would be a great help. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. I love the idea of the sachet balls. That would be fast way to add accents to any room. Thank you.

  32. Would love this book. I like a good “big needle” project to break up the eye strain of working lace and fingering projects!

  33. I love the projects! The hassock looks fun. I’d love a copy of the book. Thank you for the chance.

  34. I love the hassock! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  35. Jackie Bartlett says:

    Would love a chance to have the Chunky Knits book!

    I really think the shawls you have been knitting are GORGEOUS! Tell me where do you purchase your Wollmeise Blend yarn? I’ve looked for it and on the company’s website it looks like many of the colors are out of stock. Any insights you have would be greatly appreciated!

  36. Gina Zahra says:

    That looks lovely!! Your projects are so pretty as well 🙂

  37. I like the cabled pillow.

  38. technikat says:

    I really love the hassock as storage. I always have a storage
    problem with extra bedding.

  39. “Hassock”: what a comforting, old-fashioned word! My mommy covered large juice cans with fabric (padding the tops), then sewed 7 cans together (like a daisy). She then added more padding on top and covered the whole thing to make a footstool/kid’s seat. My favorite furniture, unless my brothers knocked me over to take it from me. Meanies!!!
    Anyway, agree that storage in furniture is terrific and love the texture of both the hassock and the cable block pillow.
    I too prefer thinner yarns, mostly because they yield so much more pleasure for my crafting dollar, but also because I can combine strands to make unique bulky weight yarns. This is tied for my favorite way to use a yarn that I don’t get along with as well as I’d hoped. (Other leader: Supplying a friend or beginner crafter!)

  40. Mary Beth says:

    Like you, I’m not a big fan of chunky yarn, but some of those projects look intriguing! I’d love some big, cabled throw pillows to stick around my house!

  41. I can see why you like the hassock and the pillow. I like their textures.