My current work in progress:

Geiger by Norah Gaughan, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway, using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

60 Quick Knits for Kids

I have another new book to review:

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This is 60 Quick Knits for Little Kids, published by Sixth&Spring Books last month. It contains, as you might expect, 60 patterns for kids. Sized for ages 2 to 6, they include all sorts of things: sweaters, dresses, hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, etc. And they are quick knits — all are knit from Cascade Yarns Pacific® or Cascade Yarns Pacific® Chunky, which are worsted and bulky weight respectively. Of course you could sub any other yarns that knit to gauge.

Some favorites:

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Bow Tie by Matthew Schrank. You gotta love a little kid in a bow tie. This is knit from worsted weight in seed stitch.

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This is the Butterfly Bolero by Yoko Hatta, also knit in worsted weight. I’m not sure if it is the bolero or the adorable little girl who caught my eye, but either way, it is a winner!

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This V-Neck Cardi by Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier is so cute! It would work for both boys and girls.

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These Textured Cowls by Lori Steinberg are knit in bulky weight yarn so would be a snap to knit out. A great gift idea!

There are 60 patterns in all and you can see them on Ravelry, here. The book is great value — it has a wide variety of types of things so makes a great one-stop resource for knitting for kids.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing for my review copy of 60 Quick Knits for Little Kids, published by Sixth&Spring Books, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, November 13, 2016. We’l pick a winner then.

Loki says “meow.”

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Works in Progress

The winner of a copy of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine is Sidney Boardman, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

I have a couple of projects on the needles right now and I don’t think I’ve mentioned either of them. No time like the present!

Here is my commuter project:

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This is “B to the Three,” a brioche-stitch hat designed by Meaghan Schmaltz. It takes approximately 200 yards of DK weight yarn. I am using a new yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, a blend of 45% Baby Alpaca, 45% Superfine Merino, and 10% Cultivated Silk. The yarn has the unfortunate name of “Crackpaca.” It is DK weight, with 265 yards to a 3.8 ounce skein and it is lovely to work with. I am using the “Ursula” colorway.

My at-home project:

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This is “Welcome Back Garter,” a design by Casapinka. I am knitting this from Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton yarn in a colorway exclusive to Mason-Dixon Knitting — you can purchase it here. (I think if you want some you need to act fast — it is a limited edition and once it is gone, it is gone.)

This is actually three colorways: a gradient and two solid colors.

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The two “mono” colorways are available here. I bought my yarn as soon as Ann and Kay announced its availability, and then looked for a pattern for it. Welcome Back Garter may not be the best choice for the slow-shifting gradient, but I am very pleased with how this is turning out. I have deviated a bit from the pattern to suit my yarn (and at my whim). I am not going to knit the triangle at one end of the wrap — it will be one long rectangle when I am done. While Rifton is listed as fingering weight, it is a heavy fingering weight, so I did not need as many rows as the pattern directed to reach the width of the piece. At this point, I will add tows to each short end of the wrap until I run out of yarn.

In other news, Loki has become very snuggly. He has recently decided he is a lap cat.

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“I love having my Mommy scritch my neck!”


People Knitting

Another fun book!

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This is People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine. The title describes it pretty well: it is a collection of photos of people knitting from the 1860s through to the 1960s. Mostly these are regular, everyday people, with a few celebrities thrown in to the mix.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press on October 4, 2016, this is a small format (5″ x 7.75″) hardcover book that would be a fun addition to your library, or a delightful holiday gift for the knitter on your list.

There is an index at the back of the book that consists of a thumbnail of each photo with its identifying information.

There is a short Vimeo video that flips through the book here.

Some of my favorite photos:

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This fellow is a taxicab driver in London ca. 1940, knitting between fares.

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This adorable image is from 1939 and is housed in the Shetland Museum and Archives

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This image is identified as a Seattle woman knitting while walking, ca. 1918. I like this photo because she looks so self-assured and happy, and also because she bears a resemblance to my paternal grandmother.

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And this is knitting for the forces at the beauty salon, London, 1940. You have to love some good multi-tasking!

There are a few photos that I had seen before in other places, but most of these are new to me. There are also a few reproductions of knitting related posters, greeting cards, etc. And a quote about knitting here and there. Like this one from Emily Post from “Etiquette and the War” published in the New York Times, May 17, 1943:

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Excellent advice, yes?

The publisher kindly sent me two copies so I could keep one and give one away. So, who’d like a copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Loki will draw a winner at that time.

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“May I help you?”


On Thursday I finished the sweet little baby dress I showed a couple of blog posts ago.

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Isn’t it sweet? The pattern is the Muti Dress, from Taiga Hilliard Designs. The yarn is KnitPicks Comfy Fingering in the “Flamingo” colorway. I used about 1.75 skeins.

A close-up of the little bodice:

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And the back — it is fastened with a single button at the back neck.

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The lace pattern around the hem mirrors the pattern on the bodice.

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This was a very fun project. The pattern was well-written and easy to follow. It is written in a wide range of sizes, too. I can file it away for future reference, should I have the need to knit a gift for another baby girl.

Have a great Sunday, everyone. Here is our plan for the day:

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Slightly Different

Today I have a slightly different type of book to review — I guess you could call it a history book:

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This is
Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader, published by the University of Chicago Press. On right now it is the number one book under History / Military / Uniforms.

So yeah, history!

It is basically the history of “knitted comforts” for soldiers and covers three centuries, up to modern times and the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When you think of “knitting for the troops” the first thing that springs to mind is (at least for me) socks, followed by hats/balaclavas and scarves. This book covers all sorts of knitted items that have been produced over the years by different  nations involved in wars and skirmishes over the years.

The book is filled with a lot of great photos and facsimiles of old posters, leaflets, patterns, and other items. Here is a great photo of World War I soldiers knitting in hospital:

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The book also contains patterns to knit facsimiles of some of these knitted comforts. and some contemporary photos of the items in use. I love this dapper fellow decked out in his Crimean War regalia:

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And there are lots and lots of interesting odds and ends — facsimiles of old patterns and even songs about wartime knitting!

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It’s a fascinating read. Who’d like to read it next?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader,, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 23, 2016. I’ll once again prevail upon Loki’s good will to draw a winner.

He’s resting up.

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