My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

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:



  1. I’d love to win this book. Have to admit, my color affection shawl is one of my favorites.

    That Beetle Cap is very cute, although I like the other patterns you showed almost as much! Thanks for the possibility of winning this book.

  2. grace yaskovic says:

    so sorry to hear you aren’t doing your MKAL It will be missed, I have enjoyed knitting them in the past, and I have also enjoyed Veera’s patterns as well

  3. Loki’s picture made me giggle. I love this designer’s sweaters.

  4. I’ve not knitted the Color Affection either. I would love the book. It has many interesting projects. Glad Loki isn’t bothered by the loud storms.

  5. Leslie F says:

    I would love a copy of Veera’s book.

    So sorry that you are not doing a mystery shawl this year, but completely understand. When I talk to knitters who are afraid of lace, I always recommend your patters as they are very well crafted.

    Good luck with your stealth projects.

  6. Thanks for a chance at this book.

  7. Gretcheng says:

    I haven’t knit a Color Affection either, though I bought potential yarn for one years ago! Maybe that will replace a Mystery Shawl KAL for me this summer?? Enjoy your many projects this summer–I have too many things vying for my attention as well…

    I do admire Veera’s designs, so I’d love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for another fun give-away–

  8. Thanks again for showing us such an interesting book! Which I’d like to win as well, needless to say 😉 Also snap on the Color Affection – I haven’t knit that one either. Not yet maybe?

  9. Love working with color, and this sounds like a terrific book. I often knit/crochet “inappropriate” color combinations or loud colors that I’d normally never wear.

  10. Sounds like a great book!

  11. Marissa says:

    I’ve enjoyed making the color affection and would love the opportunity to knit from this book!

  12. I would love to win the ebook. I just finished her Neon Beast in very wild colors for me and it was a lot of fun with garter stitch, short rows and stripes.

  13. chandra says:

    Would love to knit that cap for my nephew!

  14. Ettenna says:

    Love some of these projects. crossing my fingers you pick me!
    Rav ID: Ettenna

  15. would love this book

  16. Barbara says:

    I love that sweater! Would love to receive the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I admit guilt in that I have knit the color affection shawl but do not hold it against you whatsoever. I did not knit it when it was the fad as I am always late to the party. Had some difficulty getting to your website/blog though..

  18. Haven’t knit Color Affection yet, either, although I might yet. Would love a copy of this book. Thank you for your generous giveaways.

    Loki doesn’t look like he’s bothered by much.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  19. Thanks for the information about the book. I don’t think I have ever heard the name of the designer. People just say they have just started, are working on or just finished the color affection shawl and everyone else goes ohhh….what colors did you choose? Mittens are more my speed.

  20. I can not think of any other book I have been interested in as much as Veera Valimaki’s Color Wheel Knits! I could not believe that the publishers knew what I was thinking of. Thanks.

  21. Jennifer Yeung says:

    Im working on Color Affection right now! Would love to win the ebook.

  22. Color Wheel Knits looks wonderful!

  23. I’d love Verra’s new book. Thank you for the chance to win it.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  24. I haven’t knit the Color Affection Shawl, either – but that youngster’s hat is delightful!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..“Come to Redeem Us, Come to Deliver – Here is Hope!”

  25. That hat is just adorable!

  26. I love thunderstorms; thrilling!
    This book looks pretty good; as you mentioned, the finishing details are interesting. And, I’m very glad to see some man and boy projects.
    The Beetle Cap is charming on the model and I think it will look even better on my 8yo nephew.

  27. Mandy Harris says:

    I have knit a stripe study shawl and different lines shawl, but haven’t gotten to a color affection quite yet! I do love her designs!!

  28. I haven’t knitted color affection either. 🙂 Still looks like a wonderful book.

  29. I have plans to knit a Colour Affection but the best laid plans of knitters . . . . .
    Looks like an awesome book and I am grateful for the chance to win!

  30. I’m another knitter without a Color Affection. Guess I need this book.

  31. Laura Sahlberg says:

    I know a little boy that would great in that hat.

  32. The mittens look good to me.
    This heat is not for me.

  33. lots of lovely patterns, thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Looks like an interesting book – thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Margaret says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Oh, great and mighty RNG!

  36. Love that cat….and I’ll miss the summer mystery.

  37. Thank you for the giveaway!

  38. I would love to win a copy of Veera’s new book! It looks very interesting and holds possibilities for my handspun!

    Fingers crossed!

  39. Looks like a very interesting book – I love her designs!

  40. Love that little hat, I’m gonna have to go look at these patterns now!

  41. This is a book I’d love to win!
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Books that have had the most impact on me

  42. Mary Beth says:

    I haven’t knit Color Affection either, though it’s in my faves. I adore anything that’s divided by color. It makes my inner neat freak happy!

  43. I would so love the book! I would knit the little hat for my adorable grandson!

  44. (Not That) Joan says:

    I looove Veera! Please enter me in the drawing for her book.

  45. Love the beetle hat, and it would make a great chemo cap. Happy knitting!

  46. NanaDeb says:

    Always good to see Loki 😉
    Maybe those of us who have NOT knit a Color Affection should have a KAL this summer (would that count?)
    Thank you for the opportunity on such a great looking book! (that I will have to buy if I don’t win it-hint-lol)

  47. I’d love to knit the Taskutakki cardigan from the book!

    ravid: pynetree

  48. Yes, please. Thanks for sharing. Though first I must finished these never-ending cabled leg warmers for my daughter who heads north for college this fall . . .

  49. Designs are so simple and elegant at the same time

  50. JennyME says:

    Those patterns are lovely! I haven’t knit a Color Affection yet either–one of these days…

  51. I’ve made one Color Affection and have several of Veera’s other patterns on my wish list. Her book is inspiring. I also love your photos of Loki!

  52. Oh, now that’s a book I could use on my shelf! Please add me to your random selector.
    Carrie´s last blog post ..FO Friday (not)

  53. Sorry to hear no KAL this year. Perhaps I should work on something I already have on the needles (like last year’s KAL)

  54. kathyann says:

    Verra is one of my favorite designers. Would love to win this book. I’ll miss your summer kal really enjoyed the last two.

  55. Oooooo, yes. Blue-green. That’s my stuff.

  56. i haven’t made a color affection yet either. A win would cinch it.

  57. Love this idea of grouping patterns by color. Would love to knit from this book.

  58. Melanie says:

    The book looks great and Loki is adorable as always.

  59. Michele says:

    Would really like a copy of this book!!

  60. I love color so this would be purrrfect.

  61. The book looks fabulous. Hope I win. Thanks.

  62. Michelle says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. As an Ebook it also means anyone anywhere could win.

  63. Gina Zahra says:

    Oooh so pretty!!!

  64. thanks for sharing. we have been having storms here too, but the temperture was perfect today so i can’t complain.
    Rachel Mckinney´s last blog post ..To Projects That Can’t Be Mentioned

  65. My color affection is one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. I’d love the book.

  66. Denise Wessman says:

    Love color affection. It is my present knit. The drape of the shawl is what won me over. Oh, Loki!!! I wish I weathered storms that well. Thank you for sharing the new book. More knitting inspiration. I will miss your KAL . Last years KAL is one of my favorite shawls. Your template is perfect. You are an amazing designer.

  67. Shelley says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who hasn’t finished their Color Affection. I’d love to have her book!

  68. pixiewear says:

    oh that is gorgeous! i love her patterns.

  69. You must make a color affection. I love mine & people always notice it. Great knitting opener for conversation. Like her work. Dorinda