Monday, September 9, 2013

Endless stitches

I've been working on things, of course. I feel like I have so many projects on the needles right  now that my head might explode. I went through the knitting basket the other day and discovered a whole bunch of things I had forgotten about. It's times like these that I spend the afternoon just ripping out projects I know I'll never complete and turning them back into yarn on the shelf.

Right now I'm sort of obsessed with this 'Mountain of Light' shawl. It's squishy garter stitch in Skein's Top Draw Sock, in the colorway 'Fig'. My friend Patricia sent me some and it's absolutely fantastic yarn - it looks like it will be variegated but really knits up into these mottled color transitions. I paired it with Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Lace on the edge - to be honest this feels more like a fingering weight yarn which makes the 720 yards per skein even more impressive. The shawl is lovely and I hope it will be fairly large when I finally finish. It certainly feels that way.

I have a bit of start-itis at the moment but I'm trying to stave it off and turn it into energy for finishing projects.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

From my favorites...

Queue or favorites? On Ravelry, I feel like there are so many people who put new patterns in their queue, but to me, the queue is for things that I mean to make and already have yarn, and the favorites button is more for keeping track of possible future projects. So my favorites is very full. So full, in fact, that I have around 2,286 favorite things, and about 1,571 of those things are patterns. I keep organized by assigning tags to everything - a tag for type of project (shawl, socks, sweater), some tags for construction (pullover or cardigan) and a tag for the weight of the yarn (dk, fingering, worsted). Then I can just use a pattern search within my own favorites and find everything I need!

I decided that it might be fun to share some of my favorite patterns right now here on the blog. I go through phases, like most knitters, so my favorites change up and sometimes I re-discover pieces that I forgot I'd favorited ages ago. For fall, here are a few things I'm hoping to make - maybe you'll add them to your favorites (or queue) as well?

The general mood of these pieces would be moody and textural. I am really into making things in odd colors this season, and even know some of the yarns I want to use (as shown):

I am kind of obsessed with the beautiful simplicity of Purl Bee patterns lately, that's why there are two pictured - the top left corner is a pair of Cuffed Handwarmers, featuring Purl Soho's new in-house yarn, which is a worsted weight, in a lovely ice blue. I picked up a similar color in a dk-weight Pear Tree yarn a few years ago at Loopville in Knoxville, Tennessee, and have been meaning to make something like this since then - it was happy coincidence that the pattern exists now and I can modify it slightly to work for my lighter weight yarn (the fluffy innard yarn of mine will be the ever-reliable Rowan Kidsilk Haze).

Directly under is a gorgeous scarf made of Habu - what else could give so much structure and drape simultaneously? I decided to go just with the drape part for this lovely Kristen Johnstone pattern, and will be using a prized skein of Plucky Knitter Lace in the colorway Narragansett Gray. I'm very excited about it, as this is my first 'Plucky', and it is such a beautiful base of camel, merino, and silk, with a most fabulous sheen. I got it in the mail today and will have pictures of it tomorrow (along with another prized mail arrival!)

Rotating around to the top right corner, this poorly-photographed (not my problem, you can thank the original company, Plumo Limited) hat is a manufactured beanie. I love the thick and thin texture and am going to try and replicate it for an upcoming pattern release (this will be a freebie!) I can't wait to get going on it - but my color palette is going to be very different. I'm thinking Malabrigo Aquarella in Palmar with a Blue Sky Cotton 'Cumin' brim is going to be just perfect!

Last but not least, this lovely cowl is the new Ombre Cowl pattern from the Purl Bee. I fell in love with this the minute I saw it on their blog and I'm looking to recreate the effect with some varying Shibui Knits yarns. I just can't decide on a color sequence! I love the original grays but I am thinking something softer and perhaps a bit more coral - maybe the colorways Poppy, Clay, and Nude - with Nude being at the bottom - would be flattering? What do you guys think?