My current work in progress:

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


Archives for June 2015

Sunday Afternoon Update

The winner of a copy of the eBook Color Wheel Knits by Veera Välimäki is GretchenG, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’ll have another book review and giveaway on Wednesday, so please come back then!

I’ve been working along on my various projects. My non-public project is done, so I’ve been working more on Boxy.


I’ve also got the Bunny Girls’ July dresses read for them.


I have my yarn for my Camp Loopy July project.


And Loki is primping for the week to come.




Color Wheel Knits

Because I am working on a non-public project most of the time, with just a row done on Boxy here and there, today I’ll show you a book instead of my progress.


This is Color Wheel Knits by  Veera Välimäki, the designer behind the hugely popular Color Affection Shawl. (I may be one of the few knitters left who has not knit one!)

The book was previously published in Finnish, so you can look on Ravelry and see the patterns and projects knit from them — a bonus over a brand-new book that may not yet have many projects.

It is divided into four sections, by color: Blue/Green, Red/Pink, Yellow, and Grey/Brown. There 22 patterns total: for sweaters, hats, mittens, and wraps for men, women, and children. My faves:


Green Cables, a very sweet child’s cardigan.


Stripe and Cable Mittens — these would work up very quickly for a last-minute gift.


Freezing Point: a unisex pullover with an interesting collar treatment.


Beetle Cap, a very cute cap in both child and adult sizes.

The publisher has generously offered a free copy of the eBook for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for an eBook of Color Wheel Knits, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time, Sunday, June 28. The winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Summer Knitting

I keep forgetting to say — I’m not doing a Summer Mystery KAL this year. Too many things eating into my time this summer.

The other night we had a huge thunderstorm. Is Loki bothered by storms? You be the judge:


Summer Solstice

Happy Solstice! Me, I’m looking forward to the Autumnal Equinox. Not a fan of hot weather.

In my last blog post I erroneously referred to the piece I was knitting as the back of Boxy. It is actually the front. And it is done:


It’s hanging off the sides of the table in that photo. Here is a close-up of the neckline:


I’ve rolled it up into a nice fat inside-out sausage while it waits for me to knit the back.


And here is the back:


This will be demoted to commuter knitting now because I have a stealth project I need to start.

Loki is, as always, eager to help!


Angelina Complete

Check out this very clever graphic. you may need to click on it to enlarge it to 100% in size. Then scroll down and enjoy. This was provided to me courtesy of


As the title of this blog post suggests, I did finish my Angelina Cardigan.


My Camp Loopy Project for June 2015, completed.

In retrospect, I’d do things a little different — I’d make the sleeves a bit bigger in diameter. They are (and are designed to be) rather fitted. The body of the sweater is quite wide so the sleeves start at about the elbow and go from elbow to wrist. It’s just personal preference — I don’t like tight sleeves.

Although this is knit in cotton, I don’t think I’d be comfortable wearing it in summer — the tight sleeves would bother me in heat and humidity. But I’ll give it a try when the weather is cooler.

I added some length to my sweater. I do like the construction and think it very clever. I could see me knitting another one with re-engineered sleeves!


I have returned to knit on Boxy until I can start my Camp Loopy July project.


This is the back. I ought to be able to finish it and get a good start on the front. I do have a stealth project I need to get started on as well.

Mousie Pattern!

Total sales of my Nose-Up Catnip Mouse pattern to date: 245. That’s over $220.00 I will donate to the Snow Leopard Trust. Thank you, all!



Mousie Mania

Thanks to the 169 of you so far who have bought my “Nose-Up Mouse” pattern! That translates into a little more than $150.00 for an animal charity. I think this portion will go to The Snow Leopard Trust.

There have already been a few mousies made from the pattern posted on Ravelry, and I’m pleased to see that the knitters rated the pattern very easy and said it was well-written!

Meanwhile, I have made good progress on my Angelina Cardigan. I am knitting the bottom band. After that, all that remains are the front bands/neckband.


And Loki is being a big help.