Monday, November 18, 2013

Planning some projects

I have been really good about finishing projects lately. My handwarmers for Knit Purl are done -- I'm weaving in the ends and mailing them out tomorrow. I am almost done with two new design prototypes (one for my mom's shop, one for Yarnbox), and I am 3/4 of the way through a commissioned spinning project. In the meantime, there have been so many work projects, and I'm feeling very organized in that area, too. Winter has a way of rejuvenating those of us who knit and crochet. I think it has to do with the idea that there is cold weather ahead, and we need to be prepared for it. Perhaps it's also because we find ourselves indoors a bit more, sitting idly in front of fireplace or television, and we pick up projects that have been on hold.

Of course, I still have a few projects to finish, but I'm already looking ahead to my next ones. I ordered some yarn from the store (I am totally smitten with it, I'll be sure to post when it arrives) for some sweaters -- I've been trying to focus on making things that are very wardrobe-worthy and functional, rather than just a lovely color or a cool new pattern. I want things I can wear and be cozy in, too. I need a simple, plain cardigan, and some tunic pullovers.

I love the collections from Shibui because they are the perfect combination of simplicity and style. Currently on my radar are Trapezoid, a sort of asymmetrical cardigan ; and Veer, a lengthy, tunic-style pullover.

I've been thinking of color combinations for these sweaters lately. What do you think of these?

Trapezoid requires an aran weight body, knit in luxurious Merino Alpaca. This is one of my favorite bases because the yarn is so round, but it knits up so quickly, and is unbelievably soft. It seems to be everyone at the company's favorite, too. The sleeves are knit in a fingering weight -- I will probably knit in Cima double stranded, since the colors are similar to the Merino Alpaca. I know it's boring, but I'm thinking of knitting it in Ivory, so it will go with everything.

The other sweater is Veer, which is from the most recent Form collection. It's double stranded in Silk Cloud and Cima (yes, I know these will be weensy teensy stitches!) I'm thinking of working it up in Clay, because I am absolutely smitten with this color.

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