My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Archives for September 2015

Jacket Progress

First of all, the winner of my review copy of A Dozen Beanies for Baby: Quick Knits for the Little Ones is Kathie, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I have another great book to review, so come back on Wednesday for that.

I’ve made some nice progress on my jacket. Here is a very hastily shot photo of the back. Hastily shot because of the little someone whose blurry image can be seen at the top of the photo.


I would rather he did not re-knit this to his specifications so he was removed very shortly after the photo was taken.

And here is the left side front, close to completion:


It is not fully half the width of the back because there will be fairly deep ribbed front bands. I am planning on putting a separating zipper in the front rather than using buttons and buttonholes.

Now I need to return to this little guy:


A Dozen Beanies for Baby

I have here a review copy of another great book from Annie’s Knitting:


This is A Dozen Beanies for Baby: Quick Knits for the Little Ones. Here’s the back cover, which shows the other 5 hats:


This little book is 32 pages long and is available either in hardcopy or as a pdf download — the link to buy is in the title above. I think all the hats are pretty darn cute, and would make great quick gifts.

The patterns (with one exception that is knit in sport weight yarn) are for DK though aran weight, so they will kit up very quickly. The yarns used are all from well-known companies (Plymouth, Cascade, Berroco, Sirdar) and you could easily sub different yarns.

Each pattern has a difficulty rating and all patterns are clear and seem to be easy to follow. There is a nice illustrated how-to section in the back.

Now, I don’t have any babies to knit for, but maybe you do? If you would like to be entered in a drawing to receive my review (hard) copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM Eastern time, sunday, September 13, 2015. At that time we’ll select a winner at random.

Meanwhile . . .

I am making nice progress on the back of my sweater/jacket:


I took this photo last night so it is a bit darker than the photos from the last blog post. The true color is somewhere between the two.

And here is the Little Prince, fast asleep atop one of the dressers in my bedroom:


I have three dressers in my bedroom, and Loki has required that I clear off two of them (along with my nightstand) for his exclusive use. He is trying to gain control of the third dresser, but I am doing my best at resisting him. We refer to this as “The Battle of the Third Dresser.”

Labor Day Weekend

We’re in the middle of a holiday weekend here, and that means only one thing: knitting progress!

On Friday I finished Alodia.


It’s not particularly easy to photograph, but I m very happy with it. I used Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted in the Eucalyptus colorway. At first I was unsure of how well the slight variegation in the yarn would work with the fairly complex cable pattern, but I am very happy with the results. It looks like stonewashed jeans, I think!


On to the next project, this being knit from the lovely natural grey Cormo I showed in my last blog post:


This is going to be a jacket of my own design. I love the cables and traveling stitches in this yarn!


Loki has his own ideas about holiday weekends and what they are for.


September Finally

Welcome, September!

As you can see, Dottie and Inga are all set with their back-to-school dresses.


Dottie’s dress has a Royal Stewart tartan skirt and Inga’s is Black Watch. Or some approximation of both. I made the dresses based on Julie Williams’ Seasonal Dresses patterns and the mods were made by loosely following Suzymarie’s mods on her Ravelry project page for her “Mad About Plaid” dress. I did the vertical stripes in my bunny dresses in duplicate stitch instead of crocheting them, though. I am better at duplicate stitch than crochet! Both dresses are knit from Loopy Ewe Solid Series yarn.

In other news, I am on the hood portion of my Alodia Hooded Scarf, and so far, so good!


Because Alodia is a bit large to be schlepping to and from work, I got a start on my next project:


So far, just some tubular rib. But this is minimally processed natural grey Cormo, so it is very exciting to me! I purchased the Cormo worsted weight wool from this Etsy seller. Don’t bother looking for more, because I bought all she had. 😉

But she will no doubt have more in the future and if I don’t beat you to it, you might have a chance at buying some.

Loki sez:


“Does this light make my butt look big?”