My current work in progress:

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

New Heights in Lace Knitting

I have another lovely book to review:


This is New Heights in Lace Knitting by Andrea Jurgrau, new from Interweave. It contains lots of good advice for lace knitters, along with 17 gorgeous patterns.

The first chapter of the book is “Materials” — all about yarn and other stuff you need for lace knitting: yarns (of course), beads for embellishment, needles, and blocking wires. Next is a chapter on “Techniques” which contains step-by-step instructions for all the techniques you need to know to be able to knit the projects in the book. The next chapter is “Swatching” and contains, of course, everything you need to know about swatching lace and why you want to do this.

Then come the patterns.They are mostly shawls and scarves, along with a couple of hats, fingerless mitts, and socks. They all have a climbing/hiking theme. (New Heights — get it?)  My favorites:


Goddess of Infinite Giving is a round shawl knit from 1400 yards of laceweight. The description in Ravelry:

Mount Everest (known as qomolangma to Tibetans), at 29,029 feet (8,848 m) above sea level, is the highest mountain on the earth. Its massif includes several peaks above 24,000 feet (7,500 m). sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first official ascent of Mount everest in 1953. It has been climbed many times since then. Miyolangsangma, the Tibetan Buddhist goddess, lives at the top of qomolangma. Known as the goddess of infinite giving, she rides a golden tiger and hands out jewels (wishes) to those who deserve them. Many climbers ask for her gifts before beginning their ascent. this piece is a full circle, a mandala if you will, which represents wholeness.



Diamond Dust is a hexagonal wrap knit from 860 yards of laceweight. The Ravelry description:

Diamond dust is a ground-level “cloud” composed of crystals of ice. Also called ice crystals, diamond dust generally forms under clear skies. It is most commonly seen in Antarctica, and this type of precipitation may continue for several days without interruption. A massif is a section of the earth’s crust that is marked by faults. When the crust moves, a massif retains its internal structure while being moved as a whole. the term is used to refer to a group of mountains formed in this way. Mount Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica, at 16,050 feet (4,892 m). the massif is about 750 miles (1,200 km) from the south Pole and is about 13 miles (21 km) long and 8.1 miles (13 km) wide. It was named after Carl Vinson, a u.s. congressman from Georgia. the Vinson Massif was first seen in 1958 and first climbed in 1966. As of February 2010, 1,400 climbers have attempted to reach the top of Mount Vinson. this piece combines classic hex-mesh and leaves, along with stylized ice floats and sea creatures. It is a full circle/hexagon with an opening that wraps around the wearer like a cloak.

And this:


Oceana Shawl or Throw, a square knit from 900 yards of laceweight. and the Ravelry write-up:

At 16,024 feet (4,884 m), the Carstensz Pyramid is the tallest mountain in Indonesia and on the Australian “continent” of Oceania. the first documented summit success was in 1962 by an Austrian expedition. Although known as the Carstensz Pyramid, possibly as long ago as 1623 when it was first spotted on an unusually clear day, the name was changed to Puncák jaya in the latter half of the 1900s. Puncák means “peak” and jaya means “glorious.” Carstensz Pyramid is still the name used among mountain climbers.

This piece is worked in the round. Feel free to use a fingering weight yarn and work at a larger gauge for a larger throw or blanket. Just remember to have more yardage on hand!

You can view all the designs on Ravelry here.

It is a gorgeous collection!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of New Heights in Lace Knitting by Andrea Jurgrau, leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday (June 5) at 11:00am Eastern Time.

It’s June — how did it get to be June already? But since it is June, that means it is time for Campy Loopy! Here’s my yarn:


All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

It’s a good thing I finished this the other day:


When Loki isn’t busy inspecting my work, he loves relaxing on his own little sofa!



  1. grace yaskovic says:

    you are always being so generous, I so enjoy reading your reviews on my favorite subjects!

  2. Kristin/HLMauera says:

    Oh!!! Me! Me! Me! The book looks wonderful and I appreciate the preview. If I don’t get it I may have to see about buying it.

  3. I’m looking for a new lace challenge. There certainly are some here!

  4. technikat says:

    Wow! There are some lovely lace shawl patterns in this book. I’d love to get a copy.

  5. I absolutely love Loki’s lounge! As for the book, it would be useful to read before I embark on the realm of lace knitting.
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  6. carol f. says:

    thos pieces of prk are art. I would love to have this book

  7. Lovely book with a lot of beautiful patterns. Thank you for having a giveaway. Loki looks so relaxed on his sofa: must have worn himself out with his afghan investigation. Your afghan turned out gorgeous too. I can see why Loki needed to be So diligent!

  8. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the preview and comments!
    Kudos on your afghan!

    Thank you!

  9. Oh how I love knitting lace! Thanks for the review 🙂

  10. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for all you give-aways and book reviews! Hope springs eternal. This looks like a nice one. Love to Loki.

  11. love lace would like it. Thanks

  12. Loki’s little sofa is so cute!!! These patterns are beautiful; would love to win this!

  13. Please enter me into the drawing for the lace book. It looks incredible!

  14. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  15. I’ve been using worsted & larger for stocking stuffer lace projects like hats & wristlets & neckwarmers (never to early to start holiday crafting!), but, seriously, I need to get back to fingering & laceweight. the heat just demands it.
    The projects look scrumptious.
    ps. wish I looked as good when zonked out on the sofa! lol

  16. Oh my, I got here just in time. I love knitting lace and would love to have this book. I have been planning to do a round large shawl for a while and the Goddess of Infinite Giving looks like a very strong contender. Please pick me!!

  17. What a gorgeous book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. Looks like a great book!

  19. Thank you again for being so generous with your review books! And Loki is always, truly, fabulous!

  20. Thanks for the give-away! You should knit a mini-afghan to put on Loki’s couch….