I have another new book to review:
This is Rugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday Living by Andrea Rangel. You can view the projects on Ravelry, here. (I note that the title says there are 24 projects, but there are actually 22 patterns in the book. Two of the patterns are for hats that state they are for men or women, so perhaps those each count as two patterns, but . . . whatever.)
I like the idea of “rugged knits” — knitwear that stands the test of time and lasts for years and years. The patterns in this book include 11 sweaters/vests, 3 hats, 6 cowls/wraps, 1 pair of fingerless mitts, and 1 sock pattern. Some of my faves:
I love love love the Silhouette Baselayer Men’s. There is also a women’s version that is more fitted, but I prefer the men’s version. And I love that it is knit from light fingering weight at a gauge of close to 7 stitches/inch in a pretty textured pattern. When one reaches a certain age (ahem) anything heavier than fingering weight is too warm and not comfortable for inside wear.
The cover design: Hazy Cloud. I love the all-over tiny check pattern! And I love the exposed raglan seam detail that is carried along the edge of the collar:
The description of this is the “ultimate sweatshirt” and I think that’s a great description!
Next, a shawl:
Cedar Bough is a triangular shawl worked from side to side with an i-cord edge picked up after the fact. The body of the shawl is worked in twisted stitches for a gorgeous texture. It is knit from fingering weight yarn but I wonder how it would be worked in sport weight.
And a hat:
The Boreal Toque is a great colorwork hat for men or women. It’s a nicely fitted hat that would, as the book suggests, fit nicely under a helmet for extra warmth. It’s a nice intro to colorwork, too.
All in all, it’s a nice collection of pretty, classic designs.
Who’d like my review copy? To be entered in the drawing to win my copy, leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time on sunday, June 19, 2016 and I’ll choose a winner at random at that time.
I finished the neckband on Kinsale last Sunday:
I find it difficult to pick up stitches for a neckband neatly when working in cotton due to the lack of elasticity, so I’m pretty pleased with how this looks. Meanwhile, I’m working along on the first sleeve.
I think I’m on target to finish this by the end of June. I want to have to done before July 1 so I can start my second Camp Loopy project without a bit of Kinsale left over!
Loki is too busy enjoying his cat ball to care!
It’s where he hangs out when he gets tired of reclining on his couch!