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Snuggling Up and Turning Pages

January 25

Now that it’s like this outside…

Snowy Forest

I’m getting a lot of use out of my Page Turner Throw!

Page Turner Throw

  The throw, made Quince & Co.’s gorgeous Lark, is holding up really well.

I love snuggling up in this as a plan my next few projects. One that I can tell you about involves kitties….lots and lots of kitties at the local shelter. They need blankets, too. Stay tuned!

See You In 2016

December 20

I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and friends over the holidays.

See you next year!

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“Unexpected Cables” Winner

December 16

In the random drawing for the lovely book Unexpected Cables, Tabs from Devon won. Congratulations, Tabs!

If you missed the book’s review, you can still read it here.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Unexpected Cables

December 8

In the past year I’ve gotten to know designer Heather Zoppetti’s work through industry trade shows. I admire her patterns and attention to detail. I was excited, then, to see her book Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting.

Unexpected Cables jacket

In her new book, Heather takes the magic of cables to new levels. Cabling may be an age-old technique, but she uses it to craft modern designs and silhouettes. In some designs she pairs cables with lightweight yarns and delicate details. In others, she uses bold cables and unusual construction. This gives the book a nice range of patterns. It is also well-balanced in terms of larger sweater projects, and smaller accessories such as socks and hats.

The book’s patterns are divided into three chapters:

In the first chapter, titled “Refined”, Zoppetti successfully bursts any notion that cables must be heavy-looking. She uses lightweight yarn and twisted stitch cables to give an updated, feminine flair, as in her pretty “Rapho Socks”:

Rapho Socks

Chapter 2 includes projects that marry cables and lace. Heather’s versatile design sense is evident in the delicate detailing of the “Talmage Pullover”:

Talmage Pullover

Her “Stevens Vest” is a fabulous circle vest that is high on my “Knit This!” list. It includes openwork alongside my personal favorite, reversible cables:

Stevens Vest

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Chapter 3, called “Abstracts”, features unexpected cable placement or construction. Here, the “Penryn Pullover’s” asymmetric cable lends a modem, sophisticated air to a V-neck sweater:

Penryn Pullover

Brilliant construction comes into play in the “Fulton Shrug”. The piece personifies the book’s concept of “unexpected” and “cables”:

Rapho Socks

To me, cabling is a fun technique that adds variety and interest to my knitting life. In Unexpected Cables I’ve found plenty of patterns to keep me intrigued and entertained for a long time!

To win this book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on December 14th (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Publisher Info:

Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting

By Heather Zoppetti

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

128 pages, available in print and digital editions

Knit Picks Scarf & Headband Set

December 4

Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Set

Mistake St Set KP

Just in time for winter, I offer you the Knit Picks version of my Mistake Stitch Scarf and Headband set. Super bulky yarn makes for warm and cozy accessories. My scarf and headband designs are quick to knit – just right for gift giving during the busy holiday season. Post-holiday, they’re the simple kinds of projects that we all love to make as we crave relaxation, simplicity and maybe some social knitting with friends. A holiday gift to you is that the pattern is free!

Fans of Knit Picks yarn will love The Big Cozy yarn, a super bulky scrumptious blend of alpaca and wool. It gives nice stitch definition and also softness.

The headband is secured by a button, which you can adjust for just the right fit.

AudKnits scarves

AudKnits scarves

With snow promising to pile up soon, this warm thick scarf is a welcome accessory!

Mistake Stitch scarf

I hope you enjoy this relaxing set of quick knits!

Resources:

While you’re there, please check out my other Knit Picks patterns, available through their Independent Designers Program.

Photos are by Gale Zucker Photography, © Gale Zucker/AudKnits LLC 2015

Knit Picks The Big Cozy yarn

Simple Lines Shawl

November 30

When travelling, what could be a better project than a super-simple shawl with a pretty lace edging? The Simple Lines shawl, by the designer who goes by “maanel” on Ravelry, was the perfect design for a recent trip to the Northwest. The Baah LaJolla yarn was a dream to work with, and the color is just right to go with a dress I’ll wear to an upcoming wedding.

Simple Lines_1

The main section is very easy – great for knitting in airports and rental cars, I found.

Simple Lines_3

The lace edging was deceptively simple, too.

Simple Lines_5

I did make one addition to the pattern. The lace edge, being mostly stockinette, wanted to curl. By adding a few rows of garter on either side of an eyelet row, the edge now lies flat. In case you’d like to add the edging for your own version of the shawl, here’s how I changed the pattern:

Row 18: Knit across.
Row 19: Work eyelet row, including increases.
Row 20: Knit across.
Row 21: Knit across
Row 22: Elastic bind off.

Here’s how I blocked the added rows, pinning each stockinette diamond shape into a point, then adding another pin to stretch out the eyelets I added:

Simple Lines Edge Blocking

This turned out to be one of my favorite shawls – it was relaxing to knit and I love wearing it.

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Thanksgiving 2015

November 21

Happy Thanksgiving

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New Mexico Scenery

November 12

Here are a few more photos from my time at Camp Stitches at the Tamaya Resort north of Albuquerque. What a gorgeous place!

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Camp Stitches Day 3

November 8

Our final day at Camp Stitches.

Our Color Knitting class with Franklin Habit covered even more color knitting techniques. By the time the workshop was over, he had brilliantly led us to the intersection of color theory and inspiration. We learned an array of techniques to use our new-found understanding on. Our swatches were added to the yarn buffet as the weekend went on.

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Everyone agrees the weekend went by too fast. Until next year…

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Camp Stitches Day 2

November 7

The campers at Camp Stitches had a half day of instruction. My class with Franklin Habit enjoyed becoming de-intimidated by intarsia, using the color theories we learned yesterday.

I spent my afternoon wandering around the hiking paths at the Tamaya Resrt where we’re staying. I was especially interested to find the wonderful horse rehabilitation program that a big-hearted woman named Connie Collis runs. I have a soft spot in my heart for horses, and hope that people who can help Connie out with a donation will do so.

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The stables at Tamaya not only offer horseback rides but also shelter some unusual strays. Ever hear of rescue chickens before?

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 Apparently the chickens do not want any pesky goats invading their territory.

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The goats have a home of their own.

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They don’t need no silly chickens to have a good time!

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Camp Stitches Day 1

November 6

I’m in New Mexico to take part in Camp Stitches. It’s three days of intensive instruction and all-around knitting camaraderie. The location, north of Albuquerque, is spectacular.

My first day at camp began this way:

New Mexico

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The 3-day workshop I’m taking is Franklin Habits’s Color Knitting. We  were greeted by a giant array of colors and got to play with them all day.

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7th Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

November 4

We have a winner for the AudKnits 7th Blogiversary Giveaway! Congratulations to Anita in Maryland.

The wonderful book Swing Swagger Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia by Jane Slicer-Smith is on its way to her. The book caught my attention for the unique construction of its garments and exciting color palettes.

The giveaway also included a lovely project bag by Erin Lane. I would happily start a huge collection of Erin Lane bags – the fabrics are so much fun!

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