My latest design for Leisure Arts, yummy one cable Hand Mitts, with three sizes available in the pattern:
The pattern is featured in their new book, Learn to Knook:
Though I was skeptical at first, it truly is knitting with a crochet hook. The crochet hook acts as one "needle" and the cord hanging from the crochet hook is the second "needle." Here I am testing out the Knook:
This is no surprise, but I did miss my second "needle" but then I love knitting and am in no way looking for anything to replace it. I can see, however, if the whole knitting thing makes you run in fear as I have heard things like "What! Two needles! No way. I can't organize two needles," then the Knook may be your answer. Depending on which way you enter the stitch, a purl or knit stitch can be created with the crochet hook. It reminded me of picking up stitches for an edging of a sweater. I pinky promise I did all of the above stitches with my cute little Knook.
The booklet has tons of beautiful, easy to see and understand how-to photos and 3 projects:
I purchased The Knook Beginner Set for medium weight yarn, which has even more projects in the mini-booklet enclosed:
The yarn I used for the hand mitts is a super squishy worsted weight yarn, Alpaca Love by Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller. It is only $4.99 a ball and is 80% wool, 20% alpaca, 130 yards, 3 oz, color: #3810 Lake. Even if the yarn wasn't so affordable, I would love it. Take it for a spin if you can; I was thoroughly impressed.
They are part of a trilogy with the third to be published in November, her blog claims. I sure hope this is true but I don't see a listing yet.
The first is Matched, a story of our teenage heroine in a future utopia, which doesn't stay ideal for long. For the first time ever I think, I actually prefer the second in a series. Crossed is much more of an adventure story, though Matched is still a necessary introduction to learn about this world. As with Hunger Games, both are engrossing stories with only smidgets of teenage-ish moments.
Mattie Gokey, our headstrong teenager is ahead of her time (and trying to do more than merely survive) in the early 1900's. As she struggles to find what she wants out of life, we see the realities of that time period brilliantly shown by Donnelly. As only extraordinary literature will do, I felt transported. Amidst her struggles, a murder is committed at a hotel that Mattie works at, the same event that inspired An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. The characters and setting are stellar in this unforgettable boo and is a reminder why I enjoy historical fiction.
Do not let this cute little thumbnail cover fool you. It is the size of a huge college textbook and when it says comprehensive, it is by no way misleading. This is an amazing book with an incredible amount of information; well worth your knitting dollar. Plus, it is completely revised and updated.