Process and Projects

Winter Knitting in the Heat

Whew! - these past two weeks certainly have been scorching hot in the northeast! A cold snap the final week of August faked me out and the subsequent heat wave caught me hauling out blankets and packing away my summer clothes. So here I sit with the air conditioner blasting, knitting snowflakes into a sweater that - true to its name - is making me sweat just pooled up in my lap. 

Nevertheless, my winter knitting is off to a strong start. I've just finished the draft of a new scarf pattern meant to look like the movement of water in the rain. I'm not sure that came through well at all but I do think it's a pretty scarf. I'll pop in some pictures at the bottom. 

Mostly I've had a sweater bug these days - my couch is covered in dog-eared copies of interweave, splayed open to pictures of sweaters in heather grays and mustard yellows. Inexplicably, the first one I cast on is holiday green and covered in snowflakes. Not totally appropriate for fall! I do love it though.

Commonwealth Sweater by Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier, from Interweave Fall 2015 - still sans sleeves but soon to come! 


I haven't even tried it on yet as the temperature in my apartment makes that an unappealing task. But my dress form and I have been in partnership for some time, and judging by how it fits her, it ought to be perfect on me. 

And now for some pictures of my new design-in-progress. I think I may need to knit a new sample of it in a yarn where the pattern will stand out a bit better. 


Hopefully someday it will be knitwear weather again. 

The Color of Summer is...Fringe!

I've recently discovered all the glory that is fringe. Seriously, how have I not been fringing everything I own all these years? The pattern for this scarf will be forthcoming, but for now here's a little trip through my latest fringe adventure. 

Fashion forward knitting, in seven steps:

Step One - Find yourself some airy, breathable yarn, preferably with a teeny bit of shimmer and shine.

Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel 5/2 in pearl

Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel 5/2 in pearl

Step Two: Knit something light and lacy.

Step Three: Contemplate your fringe. How long should it be? Three inches? Four? Go for drama and make it five! Sky's the limit. 

Step Four: Put the menfolk to work cutting the fringe. 

My brother, clearly thrilled. 

My brother, clearly thrilled. 

Step Five: Attach fringe to scarf.

Step Six: Throw on a gorgeous dress and have a photo shoot.

Step Seven: Enjoy!

Endless Sweater, Part 2

It probably makes me an unusual knitter that I never have WIPs sitting around that I intend to finish. My abandoned projects are either irretrievably flawed, never to be resumed, or they nag at me so aggressively once set down that I feel compelled to pick them back up. 

When I wrote my first post about the endless sweater I've been designing (or attempting to design), I planned to hibernate it for a while and come back with fresh eyes in a couple of months. That probably would actually have happened, had I not posted my progress on one of Yarnbox's Ravelry boards and asked for input on how I should remake the sleeves. Suggestions abounded (such a friendly group!) and one in particular got into my head. Once the idea was planted it wouldn't leave me alone.

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And Sometimes, Friends, You're Just Stuck

And Sometimes, Friends, You're Just Stuck

A few months ago, I started working on a pullover with no particular design in mind. I had four skeins of Ancient Arts 3-ply fingering/sock in Irish Linen and it was lovely and soft and all I could think of was how nice it would be to snuggle into a big cozy pullover this winter. I cast on in a simple stitch and whipped up an oversized front and back that are every bit as soft and warm as could be desired. And then the sleeves happened.

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