My current work in progress:

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


Archives for October 2018

Speaking of Norah Gaughan . . .

Here is my new work in progress:

This is Geiger, a Norah Gaughan design from the Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2018 collection, which was published last January. I’ve had my eye on this pattern ever since then!

The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a DK weight wool yarn. I’m using Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway, a lovely green. The German word “schwefel” translates to “sulfur” in English. This surprised me a bit, so I googled images of sulfur — sulfur appears to to be a light yellow/green, quite a bit lighter than this colorway. On the Wollmeise website it describes schwefel as “brimstone-yellow” and says it is a matching colorway to “Potzblitz” — this I can see!

However you describe it, Schwefel is a lovely green and in my opinion is perfect for the pattern, which is reminiscent of an Austrian boiled wool jacket. No surprise there, since Geiger of Austria is a company that manufactures and sells Austrian wool jackets and coats, and has been since the 1980s.

The Geiger pattern is classified as “advanced” and I think that is pretty accurate. There is a lot going on — twisted ribs, travelling stitches, intricate cables, different textures, short-row shaping.The pattern is very well-written and detailed — it is 30 pages long! And so far, so good. I do love me some intricate cables, and this project has them a-plenty.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my Throwback Cardi. I was actually able to wear it to work one day last week!

Loki says he prefers his coat.

Throwback Cardi

The winner of last week’s giveaway of  40 Timeless Knits, by the Editors of Vogue Knitting and Norah Gaughan is Vikki G. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Last night I finished this:

This is my Throwback Cardi, a design by Andrea Mowry. I knit mine from Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted and Spincycle Yarns Dream State, using the suggested 4.5mm and 5mm needles. All the deets are on my Ravelry project page.

This is not knit in the round and steeked. It’s worsted weight, and that’s bit too bulky for steeking. I don’t particularly enjoy doing colorwork flat, but I sucked it up. There are a few rows that have three colors per row and that was a bit fiddly too.

The only mod I did, apart from adjusting the sleeve length to fit me better, was to add buttonholes and buttons.

I’ve started something new, of course. I’ll show you some progress (hopefully) next week!

Meanwhile, I caught Loki mid-groom!

40 Timeless Knits

I was recently sent a review copy of this:

This is 40 Timeless Knits, by the Editors of Vogue Knitting and Norah Gaughan. Released by Sixth&Spring Books on September 4, 2018, it is a collection of (you guessed it) 40 patterns by Norah Gaughan that have graced the pages of Vogue Knitting magazine over the past 30 years. Gaughan has contributed over 120 patterns to VK during that time — this is her top 40!

You can view all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

Looking through this book was a trip down memory lane for me. I have been subscribing to Vogue Knitting since its relaunch in 1982 and I remember many of these designs very vividly. One of the designed immediately jumped out at me:

I knit the Chevron Stitch Pullover back when the design was first published in Vogue Knitting in 1988. I don’t remember what yarn I used, but it was pink — not a color I usually gravitate towards.

Some more favorites:

The Guernsey Pullover, from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2016. Love love love this sweater — I may have to put it in my queue.

And something Norah Gaughan does so well — cables:

The Arbor Cardigan, from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2017.

I remember when this was first published, back in 1997:

The Dragonfly Pullover — more Norah Gaughan genius!

The book is a great trip down memory lane, as well as a wonderful collection of patterns from a knitting master.

Who’d like my review copy? To be entered in a drawing for my copy of  40 Timeless Knits, leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:00am Eastern Time.

Last Sunday I sucked it up and finished this:

My Rose cardi, knit from Wollmeise Blend. Bonus: The weather has turned seasonably cool so I might actually wear it this week!

It’s dark and gloomy today, so this is Loki’s plan for the day:


I’m coming down the home stretch on my Rose Cardi. Wait . . . did I say that a week ago?

I’ve done all the ribbing — the cuffs and the bottom ribbing — and completed one of the front bands, and sewed the band to the body of the sweater.

Now I have to knit the second band and sew it to the sweater, and I’ll be done!

The bands are each around 33″ long and they are 29 stitches wide, with twisted rib and cables, so they do take a surprisingly long time to knit. I do think the second one will go faster since I won’t be stopping to measure it against the body of the sweater to ensure I get the exact length. But I am really ready to be done with this project and move on to something new.

A little voice in my head is telling me to start my next project and relegate this last band to commuter knitting, but I am trying to stay strong. If I relegate it to commuter knitting, that means I’ll be able to work on it for maybe 15 minutes three times a week, so it’ll take forever to get it done. Much better to just suck it up and knit until it is done before I start my next project. Right? Right?

Loki sez:

“Suck it up, Momma!”