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Fri 04 Sep 2015 12:09pm


Stopover! My new pattern inspired by quick trips to Iceland! The perfect lightweight sweater for people on the go. Packs down to absolutely nothing and seems virtually weightless perfect for world travelers or weekend loungers. Knit entirely in the round from the bottom up with subtle waist shaping.


I whipped this up for a summer trip to Shetland and ended up wearing it every day, sometimes with a T shirt, sometimes with a couple of wool under layers and once with a wet bathing suit after a plunge into the North Sea. I chose to make mine with cropped sleeves, because it was summer…or so I thought. The pattern offers a standard long sleeved version too.


Using Léttlopi at a rather loose gauge is the secret to the incredible lightness. I bet you’d get nice results from any light springy aran weight wool or wool blend yarn.

You can find the Stopover pattern on Ravelry. There is soon to be a French translation and I’ll also show you another color way.

Right now I’m about to take off on my Labor Day adventure! Hiking Tuckerman Ravine, up Mt. Washington in NH!!! Woo hoo!!!

Shown in Ístex Létt Lopi (100% Icelandic wool, 109yds / 100m, 1.76oz / 50g).
I have a preference for airy light icleandic wool, but other springy Aran weight wool or wool blend yarn would be suitable.

Finished Size S (M, L, XL) Bust 37 (40½, 44, 48) in, 94 (103, 112, 122)
Sleeves are offered cropped as shown or Traditional Long.

Needles US 10½ (6.5mm) 16 and 32 inch (40cm, 80cm) circular needles, US 9 (5.5mm) 32in (80cm) circular and 1 set US 9 (5.5mm) double pointed needles – or size necessary to get gauge.

all photos by Kathy Cadigan

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Tue 26 May 2015 06:05pm

Joj & Ale _ El Tigre

One of my favorite outings was visiting Tigre, a town just outside Buenos Aires situated on the Paraná Delta, the world’s only river delta that does not empty into the sea but into another river, the Rio de la Plata. The Paraná river system is the second largest in South America after the Amazon, and the third largest in the Western Hemisphere after the Mississippi.

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Tigre, named for jaguars that once prowled the area, is a hot tourist destination on the weekends. Joji, her mom Virginia, Ale and I were fortunate to visit mid-week and had the place to ourselves!

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A nearly private boat or laucha, was our transportation – there were only two other guests, and one of them was napping!
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A perfect way to idle the day away enjoying lunch at the wee onboard restaurant and knitting on top in the sun.

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MJ & Joji _ El Tigre

We traveled a labyrinth of waterways, among several of the thousands of little islands that make up the delta. The islands closest to the mainland are dotted with beautiful little holiday homes, each one cuter than the last.

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Virginia lived there at one point; looking at the map, she could pick out where, and Ale remembered her grandfather’s swimming route.


Further out the islands get wilder and less inhabited. If you live way upstream you can buy vegetables and other goods from boats that serve as shops.

It looked to me like a place to return to and stay a while. I always imagine which little house on stilts I’d choose. I’d have a fine time painting and knitting, and kayaking around the network of streams. I’m so sad I can’t find the map we got, with guest houses listed, where I will stay next time!

The mainland town of Tigre was originally organized as a port for fruit and timber exports. In the 20th-century belle époque it became an elite tourist destination. We visited the stunning, “are we in Disneyland?” Museo de Arte Tigre which is located in a former society social club built in 1912.

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They have a nice collection of prominent 19th- and 20th-century Argentine artists, as well as a rotating contemporary art show.


There is a market where you can buy souvenirs as well as great plant shops. Joji got a lemon tree for her new patio!



I Traveled to Argentina

Thu 21 May 2015 05:05pm

Joji, MJ & Ale on the Patio

Joji, me and Ale on the new patio!

I traveled to Argentina to see my friends! And to meet new friends while serving as a group leader for Behind the Scenes Adventures Knitter’s Argentina and Uruguay.

The Family!!

A delicious meal with the family!

I arrived a few days before the group so I could spend time with Joji Locatelli. A knitwear designer extraordinaire and Buenos Aires native, Joji was my city guide, translator, mate instructor, taxi driver, knitting consultant, gaucho pants finder, inspiration and so much more! What an amazing lady…what an amazing friend…I can’t even begin…and her FAMILY!!!! The best, the sweetest!  I felt so welcome and loved that I didn’t want to leave and I can’t wait to return. I also can’t wait to return the favor – I want to show them my Maine!

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Joji’s patio plantings

I was away for over a month. Before heading below the equator, I flew to the west coast of the US to teach a Vogue Knitting Live. Upon my return I briefly visited friends in New York City and then taught at Kent Needle Arts Retreat in Connecticut. I’m still a little travel-charged – and words, particularly written words are not coming out as … poetically…as I might hope. So lets just look at some pretty pictures for the next few days!

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Vogue Knitting Pasadena

Sat 02 May 2015 09:05pm

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Vogue Knitting Live Pasadena – palm trees, swimming pools and knitting. What perfect combination. A special treat, especially after the winter we had in the East.


Gorgeous student work – Beautiful location – Superb organization – Thank You Vogue Knitting!


Great energy – I made fantastic new friends and reunited with dear old friends.

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I was especially lucky to be able to visit my friend Kat Coyle’s yarn shop The Little Knittery – a hive activity and creativity. Not only knitting and crochet, Kat offers basic weaving and macrame too.

Next time I’m in California, I stay longer – get a van…a van tricked out with a little salon for knitting, just like yarn rep Mona has – Then I’ll take a road-trip-knitting-tour of the Western States!

PS: Right now I’m in Argentina with Cynthia LeCount Samake’s Behind the Scenes Adventures “Knitter’s Argentina”. I’ll be posting as best I can, though I’m having computer problems…the new “Photos” program keeps crashing. Till I get that sorted out you can follow our trip on my Instagram feed, and also on facebook.

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