My current work in progress:

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


In Between

The winner of a copy of Interweave Presents – Classic Knit Shawls: 20 Timeless Designs Featuring Lace, Cables, and More is Kathy B., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be considered!

Since I finished my Camp Loopy June project last weekend and I cannot start the July project until Saturday, I started a non-camp project:

This is Ottar, a hap shawl designed by Kate Davies, knit in her Buachaille yarn in the Squall, Ptarmigan, and Islay colorways.

I purchased the kit to make the shawl in her online shop.

It is knit with a large needle — a U.S. size 9 (5.5mm) in garter stitch, so the fabric is soft and relatively loose. I am on the boring monochrome portion — the fun colorwork comes at the end! I’m hoping to finish by July 1 but it’ll be close.

In other news, I’ve not been sewing in the past couple of weeks because I’ve been concentrating on Camp Loopy knitting. But look what I just got:

This is a vintage Husqvarna HuskyLock 431 serger, completely reconditioned. It works beautifully. When I sew doll clothes I have been first overcasting all raw edges with a zigzig stitch on my sewing machine, then do the handsewing, so this little serger will make that overcasting process much easier.

My sewing machine is a vintage Husqvarna Prisma 990 from the mid-1980s (when I purchased it new). When I brought the little serger home I’m pretty sure I saw my sewing machine sidle up next to it and put his arm around it protectively. 😉

Here is Loki in one of his favorite places: on top of a dresser in the bedroom.


  1. Love the hap!

  2. Sophy0075 says:

    Viking sewing machines are indestructible. I’ve never used their serger, but I’m sure it’s the same way. Enjoy!

  3. Robin F says:

    That will be one warm shawl. Love your colors. I knit only with fingering and lace now that I live in FL but use heavier wt. for my DD up north. I have my original serger from 1983 and it still works well. It doesn’t have bells and whistles but gets the job done. Enjoy your reconditioned husky.

  4. Does Loki have quizzical tail? Looks like a quizzical tail.

  5. Sergers are amazing.

    What a beautiful, soothing grey. Fine by me if you never get to the colorwork. And it looks like white fur will be set off on it beautifully. 🙂

  6. Chris Reeske says:

    How do you like the 3 needle serger. I have a 4 needle one which I like but it’s a devil to thread.

  7. Soothing grey looks good. I also have HuskyLock 431 serger. It has made my overcasting process much easier. Your loki looks super cute on the top of a dresser.

  8. Be glad that is a favorite spot for Loki. My 15 pounder likes sitting on laptops, and he’s not picky as to whether the lid is closed or not.

  9. Looking forward to seeing that pretty hap shawl finish, I know you can do it.
    Oh, a great shot of Loki standing up ?

  10. Dorothy from Kentucky says:

    Love the kit colours and the yarn looks so soft. Oh you vintage surger looks like a wonderful find. And Loki is so beautiful as always

  11. Kate Davies is one of my all-time favorite designers. Your Hap shawl will likely just fly off the needles!
    One doesn’t really appreciate the size of a Ragdoll kitteh until he stands up! Such a handsome fella, he knows he fits in any decor…
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