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Book Review: Sherlock Knits by Joanna Johnson

Andrea Sanchez

I'm happy to share with you today a new book, Sherlock Knits by Joanna Johnson! You might know her from Phoebe Knits or Henry's Hat. This newest book of Joanna's is not a picture book, but a complete book of patterns inspired by Sherlock Holmes!

I want to start by saying I think the best thing about this book is that there is something for everyone. This 10 piece collection includes garments, accessories, and home items. I love that these pieces are inspired by Sherlock Holmes (I earned an English degree in my previous collegiate life so I have a strong and proud nerdy side) but yet they are still so attainable for a knitter who might not be as big a fan. 

Socks for Mary is probably my favorite piece from this collection and the one that I want to cast on for as soon as I can! These socks are knit from the cuff down and feature and relatively easy lace and texture pattern. They are available to knit in two sizes and have both written and charted instructions (that's just the best). I am super taken with the lace pattern and think these socks are just the right amount of lacy, understated glamour. 

Scotland Yard Vest is another favorite and has me seriously considering doing the math to size this to fit my kiddo! The herringbone colorwork thrills me. Can you imagine all the color combinations?! This vest comes in adult sizes 36" chest circumference to 48". While it is intended for men, I believe, I follow Joanna on Instagram and she has been knitting on for herself. She's modified it for a woman by adding some waist shaping and I have to say, it's looking pretty smart. 

Copper Beeches Cowl is one of the pieces that will appeal to all knitters. How beautiful is this cowl?? So simple and elegant. If you can only knit one accessory this season, let it be this. It's also knit in one of my favorite yarns, TECHNO from Blue Sky Alpacas. This yarn is a bulky weight but light as a feather. 

There are still more great patterns from this collection. You like shawls? Check out Speckled Band Shawl. It is just the sweetest shawl (shawlette?). Are you looking for a more classic men's sweater? What about a Sweater for John? I've come to really love some great garter stitch placement. 

Take a few minutes to check out these patterns on Ravelry and tell me which is your favorite! I'd love to hear what you'll be making first. 

New Pattern: Morning Chores

Andrea Sanchez

When I first read this month's Book Club pick, Feeding the Sheep, I knew it had to have a sweater to go with it. It warms my heart to no end that at the end of this story we find the mother has been processing all that wool to make a sweater for her daughter. I wanted a mostly simple sweater using a rustic but really special yarn. Morning Chores is it!

Morning Chores is a basic, bottom-up pullover. It is knit entirely in the round with the sleeves first, then body, then joining everything at the yoke. I love this method because once you get to the yoke you are done almost right away! It feels so gratifying to me.

What makes Morning Chores so special is the pop of color and texture in the yoke. This is accomplished by the garter stitch shoulders and two-color brioche on the front and back. Add in a couple of short rows at the collar and there you go!

The yarn for this project is one of my favorite farm-friendly DK yarns, Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rockwell. Rockwell is a great Cormo/Merino cross grown on domestic sheep in nearby New England. I love how lofty and full the yarn is (which is why I can knit it at a larger gauge than most DKs with no problem) and it has an amazing sheepy texture; not too rustic, with just the right amount of lanolin feel. It is not superwash, but D has gotten toothpaste on another sweater made from Rockwell before and it stood up well to a bit of scrubbing. 

I hope that you love this sweater as much as I do. It made me think of a morning outside, taking care of daily chores. Basic and comfortable with a pinch of awesome. I also know some children are opposed to a bit of a rustic yarn (trust me, I get the "it's too itchy" comment too) so I knit a second sample using a smoother, superwash wool. I'll share that in a couple days, but you'll see that it turned out just as awesome!

Morning Chores is available for purchase from my Ravelry store!

January Book Club: Feeding the Sheep

Andrea Sanchez

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It's been a while but I'm back with a new book club pick for January: Feeding the Sheep by Leda Schubert.

I picked up this gem at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in 2015 and have been waiting for the right time to share it with you and it's finally here! 

Feeding the Sheep is what you would consider a circular plot. This means that the story begins and ends in the same place (think, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie). In this case, that place is feeding the sheep. 

The story follows a mother and daughter team through the seasons as mom tends to her sheep from feeding them, to shearing, to washing the fleece, carding and spinning, dyeing, and finally knitting a sweater for the little one. The language is simple and repetitive while bringing in some great new vocabulary related to the fiber arts. I love how with only a few simple lines on each page, the text has a wonderful sing song quality to it (What are you doing, the little girl asks. Feeding the sheep, her mother says. Snowy day. Corn and hay.). 

What makes texts like Feeding the Sheep really special is its ability to capture the attention of our littlest readers. When I purchased this book for D, he was just a bit over 2 and a half and this quickly made its way to our #1 regular bedtime story. Because of the predictable text, after several readings he was able to help me "read" the story by reciting the "What are you doing?" line on each page.  

My favorite thing about Feeding the Sheep is the ton of fiber related vocabulary I was able to teach D. Each time we read a new page I'd ask, what is the mama doing? And he would reply with knitting, or spinning the yarn on her spinning wheel, etc. I also loved that we were able to relate a lot of the process of shearing and wool prep with things we had seen at Maryland Sheep and Wool. I know I keep saying love, but this book really is one of my favorites. We have read it over and over and over again. 

Repeated readings are one of those things that you love, and also drive you completely nuts. Raise your hand if you've ever read the bedtime story with your eyes closed mumbling "How do dinosaurs say goodnight..." while turning the pages at all the right parts! Yea, me too. But repeated readings are so very important for early literacy development. They encourage vocabulary growth related to the text as well as greater text-related comprehension. This is the reason you can read Kitten's First Full Moon about 50 times and your child still has something different to say about it. Books that also have that special sing song quality (I'm looking at you Goodnight Moon) are enjoyable to listen to. Children like hearing your voice reading that rhyming story. Here is a short study that gives some tips for making the most out of those repeated readings. 

Feeding the Sheep by Leda Schubert

I hope you have a chance to get a copy of this book. Right now it's less than $4 for the hardcover on Amazon! SO totally worth it! Grab a copy and get ready because I have a new pattern coming for you and some fun fiber related activities! If you join us this month please share on Instagram using #klbookclub. Happy reading (and rereading)!

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Winter White Pompom Wreath Tutorial

Andrea Sanchez

I've finally taken all the holiday decorations down and as my friend Marianne says, now my house is boring. Haha! A few winters ago I decided to lift my winter spirits by making a white pompom wreath. This DIY wreath is super easy to make and gets a ton of compliments from visitors. I used up only scraps of yarn and bought just a couple supplies.