My current work in progress:

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


Another New Book and a Palate Cleanser

First, the winner of my review copy of Ami Ami Kittens: Seriously Cute Crochet! by Mitsuki Hoshi is Elaine, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Next, check out this great new book!


This is Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection by Kate Chiocchio and Nancye McGill Bonomo. The book description, shamelessly lifted from Ravelry:

The team at Dragonfly Fibers are inspired by color but that’s not all. For this book, Kate Chiocchio and Nancye Bonomo of Dragonfly started by choosing paintings they loved that represented the full color spectrum of modern art.

Their goal was not an exact match between paintings and yarn; rather, they created colorways that best express what they appreciate about the works used.

Whether it’s bold blocks of color melding together at the edges of a Rothko (and attempting to create a similar effect on Dragonfly yarn) or challenging designers to develop knitwear inspired by particular works of art, Masterpiece Knits will surprise and delight you!

Are you familiar with Dragonfly Fibers? I have long been a fan of their gorgeous saturated colorways and have a fair amount of their yarn in my stash. I designed a cowl recently using their yarn.

I love the idea of this book — designs and colorways inspired by works of art! The designers represented are Toby Roxana Barna, Barbara Benson, Erika Flory, Rosi Garmendia, Tanis Gray, Fatimah Hinds, Danielle Nii, Meg Roke, Andi Smith, and Ann Weaver.

You can view all fifteen designs on Ravelry, here. Some of my faves:


This is “Morning at the Tate” by Meg Roke and it uses Dragonfly Fibers Pixie fingering weight. The pattern description: This unisex scarf combines the movement of the O’Keeffe painting and the boldness of modernism. The scarf features irregular strips of color stacked together at varying lengths apart. These burst of color are what really give the scarf punch, energy, and an urban feel.


Here is Rothko Beret by Rosi Garmendia – I love this colorway worked in this pattern! It’s Damsel sportweight.


And the Picasso Socks, by Fatimah Hinds. The patterning on these unisex socks, knit from Dragon Sock, stems from the lines in Picasso’s Paisaje Mediterraneo.

The book is available in hard copy from Dragonfly Fibers. This comes with a download code for the ebook version. You can buy just the ebook on Ravelry.

Or you can enter to win not only a copy of the ebook, but also the yarn to knit the Picasso Socks, shown above! To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this post by noon on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

And around here, I have a new shawl pattern!


In between my insane cowl patterns, I wanted to make something quick and easy — immediate gratification. So here is my Palate Cleanser Shawl.


It takes 800 yards of dk weight wool and is a combination of garter stitch and simple lace. You could use any weight wool to knit it. Choose a needle size that gives you a nice drape: a size or two larger than recommended for the yarn. You can also vary the patterns, working more or fewer rows of the garter and lace patterns.


You can knit this shawl using a gradient, a solid color, a variegated colorway, or work it in stripes of two or more colors. The pattern is written out: no charts.


The finished size: approximately 76” wingspan x 36” deep, at deepest point, lightly blocked.

The pattern is available for $3.00 in my Ravelry store.

I teleworked today, and now Loki is exhausted from “helping” me!



  1. Very cool book! LOVE the socks you’ve featured in it!
    Your shawl is beautiful, too. 🙂