Despite three or four (or more) sweaters in WIP (work in progress) status, I cast on for two more last night because there is a rather long road trip looming ahead of me that cropped up rather unexpectedly yesterday.
Apparently, I deal with pending adversity with knitting, a most excellent coping tool. Not to say that I do not also deal with joy, happiness, and run-of-the-mill life the very same way.
Pattern: Greta from Elsebeth Lavold's Book Twelve: The Walk in the Park Collection.
Yarn: Gaia Organic Merino Aran, which was originally a gift of undyed yarn from my friend Lolly. I had Stephanie of Spinning Colors dye it for me to match some sock yarn I had.
This one has been on my list for a long time. I love the simple v-neck and textured pattern. I think it will be a quick knit or it would be a quick knit, if only I applied a little project monogamy. It should take just less than 1200 yards.
Next up is a loose cardigan that screams everyday wear:
Pattern: Eadon from the Twist Collective's Fall 2011 edition.
Yarn: Cascade Eco Cloud in 1807 Otter.
This yarn has been a wonderfully delightful surprise. I won two skeins from Yarnorama in Paige, Texas during the Hill Country Yarn Crawl. It is a 70% merino and 30% alpaca blend that is braided. Normally, alpaca has me clawing at my skin, but this one feels great! The small swatch in the foreground is actually still slightly damp, but I love the undyed colors, although, Cascade dyes them up nicely, too.
I adore this yarn so much, I got more to make a Bohus cardigan:
As I have mentioned this one before, I will refrain from repeating myself.
What is even more exciting about this project (aside from the fact the Husband bought me the yarn as a gift and I had the glory of actually unwrapping yarn on Christmas morning!), I even found the perfect buttons for this cardigan!
They are slightly smaller than the 1" buttons called for in the pattern, but I am determined the make them work. Besides, I rarely wear a buttoned up sweater, they are truly just ornamentation for me.
If anyone is interested, through The Knitting Nest in Austin, we are doing a knit-a-long beginning February 1st!
Not in the Austin area, no problem, join along through the Ravelry forum here. While I will be doing tutorials at The Knitting Nest for basic Fair Isle and steeking, I will also be posting something of a pictorial here.
So, if you are interested, give me a shout out!