My current work in progress:

Long Line Slipover designed by Lesley Stanfield, knit from Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight and Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

Garter Stitch Revival

I have a new book to review! Garter Stitch Revival: 20 Creative Knitting Patterns Featuring the Simplest Stitch by Interweave Editors.

Back in the olden days, I was not overly fond of garter stitch but in recent years I have gained a new appreciation for it. Perhaps this is due to all the lovely garter stitch shawl patterns that have cropped up over the past few years.

This book is a lovely celebration of garter stitch and contains 20 lovely patterns. You can see them on Ravelry, here.

My faves:

This is the Boardwalk Brioche Cowl by Jessie Ksanznak. It is knit from Madelinetosh Vintage, one skein of each of two colors.

And how about this?

Cotton Candy Cardigan by Amy Gunderson, knit from Universal Bamboo Pop, a DK weight bamboo/cotton blend. The colorwork yoke is achieved using mosiac knitting.

And this:

Flapper Cloche by Megan Nodecker, knit from one skein of Cascade 220 (worsted weight). I am a sucker for clever shaping.

In addition to the lovely patterns, the book has a nice how-to section, illustrated extensively with clear drawings.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the giveaway for my copy of Garter Stitch Revival: 20 Creative Knitting Patterns Featuring the Simplest Stitch, please leave a comment on this blog post and tell me which pattern from the book is your favorite.

We’ll pick a winner at random at 11:00am Eastern time this Sunday, February 26, 2017.


Yes, I am still sewing. It was a three-day weekend last weekend so I made three doll dresses. I showed you the first one on Sunday. Here’s Number Two:

And Number Three:

Thank you for all your kind comments about my sewing. I am a bit of a ringer when it comes to sewing. While I had not really sewed anything for a good 15 years, I used to be pretty darn good at it. I’ve made tailored suits, wedding dresses, and other fairly complex garments. Doll clothes are great fun! They go much faster than full-sized garments.

And here is Loki, doing what he does best!


  1. I think the Blackcomb Cowl is my favorite.

  2. I’m enamored of the Pixie Hooded Scarf, so cute and warm! Thanks for sharing this cool book!

  3. Love the Santa Monica Cardigan!

  4. I like the braided poncho most, all in all nice patterns. Thanks!

  5. The Arrowhead stole on the cover or the Black Comb cowl.

  6. Susan Forman says:

    I love the candy cardigan. All the patterns ae
    Re awesome but this was truly my.favorite. Thank you

  7. The cardigan looks very interesting but I don’t know what mosaic knitting is. Good way to learn it.

  8. Garter stitch has risen up in my estimation also. Now if only we could do it in the round without having to purl. The doll dresses are charming.

  9. That is a wonderful. Love the Flapper Cloche. I’m making hats for my grandchildren. Thank you!

  10. Asymetric cropped cardi-jacket!

  11. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love the arrowhead shawl and the flapper cloche.

  12. The Seaglass Scarf looks just about perfect.

  13. Virginia Kessen says:

    Love the Cotton Candy Cardigan – and I love bamboo pop too so I’d probably knit it out of the recommended yarn – a rarity for me!