My current work in progress:

Merveille Du Jour, designed by Alice Starmore, knit from Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2-ply and 3-ply, using 3.0mm, 3.5mm, and 4.0mm needles.

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The winner of a copy of Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns is “Yooper in Mississippi” who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment and to Interweave for supplying my review copy and a second copy for the giveaway.

I have had an up-tick in knitting progress  this week. I finished my Land of Sweets Cowl.

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I used miniskeins from three different dyers, all purchased via Etsy.

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I had enough yarn over to knit a hat:

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I did not use a pattern — I just cast on 104 stitces, worked k2 p2 ribbing for 8 rounds, then worked in stripes of color in the same order I used them in my cowl — 3 rows per color. When the hat was 8″ from the cast-on edge, I did crown decreases. I popped a vegan fur pom pom on top and there you have it!

Then yesterday I saw Martina’s new handwarmer pattern, Tough & Toasty. While watching television last night I whipped out a one:

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The palm:

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And then I knit the second one:

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It is a very fast knit, and a very fun one, too/ The construction is genius! I used a skein of Buachaille in the “Haar” colorway and a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle.

So my needles have been a blur lately! Loki has retreated to his tote to stay out of the way of flying needles!

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Plum Dandi Knits

I have a lovely book to review today. This:

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This is Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, published by Interweave with a release date of November 30 — tomorrow. It’s a collection of 23 lovely patterns for sweaters and accessories.

Some of my favorites:

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Keene (by Alicia Plummer) is the cover sweater: a big cozy garment knit from bulky weight yarn. The sample is knit from Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Chunky. It’s knit in the round — a boone for  all who hate seaming!

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Rockland (by Alicia Plummer) is a textured hat made from aran weight Blue Sky Fibers Extra. The pattern is a lovely honeycomb cable that works nicely in this design.

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Mackinaw (by Melissa Schaschwary) is a big snuggly blanket/throw/wrap knit from Malabrigo Yarn Chunky. Cables for fun and bulky yarn for a fast knit!

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Heyworth (by Melissa Schaschwary) is a lovely set of fingerless mitts worked in sportweight Augustbird Egret, which is a merino silk blend.

You can see all 23 designs here on Ravelry.

All of the patterns in this book give off a soft, comfy, cozy vibe — perfect for combatting winter chill.

Interweave has knidly offered a second copy as a giveaway to my readers. To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me which of the designs in the book is your favorite. I’ll select a winner at random on Sunday (December 3) at noon Eastern time.

Loki sez:

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I’m all about the snuggly!

Betty Mouat Cowl

After the long slog of knitting a cardigan, I wanted a “palate cleanser” — a quick knit for more or less immediate gratification. Last week I whipped out a cowl.

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This is based on Kate Davies pattern, the Betty Mouat Cowl. Instead of working two “sides” and grafting them together, I simply worked one long tube.

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I used a semisolid plus a rainbow gradient — well, half of a rainbow gradient. The yarn is a fingering weight merino/cashmere/nylon blend from Etsy seller Wanderlusthues. It’s a lovely soft yarn, just right for a cowl that is worn next to the skin.

I started another cowl.

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This is Land of Sweets,  a cowl pattern that is part of Helen Stewart’s Knitvent 2017. The cowl takes 24 miniskeins of fingering weight yarn. I had a lot of fun picking out the miniskeins I wanted to use and putting them in order. Here they are:

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In other news, Loki is enjoying his crinkle tunnel!

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Veronika

I am pleased to report that I have finished my Veronika Cardigan.

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It’s a cocoon-style cardi, so not that easy to photograph successfully, but hopefully you get the idea.

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Veronika is a pattern by Shannon Cook, and it’s a very well-written pattern, easy to follow. I used the same yarn as the designer: YOTH Daughter. I used the Black Truffle colorway, a lovely sooty black. Not the best choice for knitting in the evening in low light, but this is not a complex pattern so I had no problems.

I finished this Friday night and cast on for a quickie project.

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This is the Blue Angel Headband designed by Gretchen Tracy, a free pattern available via Ravelry. I used Malabrigo Rasta ultra-bulky yarn, in the Arequita colorway and a size U.S. 15 needle. I’m not overly fond of knitting at this gauge, but I put in a couple of hours and the result is this very cute warm headband that I am going to use quite often this winter.

And in Loki’s world, all is well!

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If At First You Don’t Fricassee

Fry, fry a hen.

I really do want a cocoon style sweater, so I started another one: the Veronika Cardigan designed by Shannon Cook. I’m using the suggested yarn, YOTH Daughter, because I’d not used it before and wanted to try it out. I am using the Black Truffle colorway. My progress so far:

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I am getting exact stitch and row gauge with the suggested needle, a U.S. size 8. This is an easy knit, so it’s good for mindless knitting while watching tv or socializing, Knitting with black yarn in the evening can be a challenge, but since the pattern is easy, that’s not a big issue.

In other news, Vroni and Clara had a slumber party the other night.

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And in Loki’s world, he has a slumber party all day, every day.

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