I’m at the stage that you experienced bloggers understand but is new to me. Although I’m knitting furiously on my current projects, there really isn’t a lot to say about them or photograph. Yes, I have two more patterns done on DH’s sweater, and I’m past the armholes, but that isn’t terribly interesting. I’ll show the back when it is done, but I think that milestone might be more significant for me than fascinating for you. I also knitted one more series of rectangles on the entrelac jacket.
There are other knitting problems marinating in my brain though. One of course, is what to knit next. This is not a matter of finding a pattern and buying yarn for it. Goodness knows I don’t need to buy any more yarn just now, and I have lots of patterns on my to-do list. Last year was a huge yarn-buying year, and so to enliven this post, I’ll flash some of my stash.
I got to Maryland for the first time, and on my way to visit my son at college, I stopped at Morehouse Farms, Green Mountain Spinnery, and WEBS. Here is just some of what I got.
This is a gorgeous, luminous Blue Face Leicester that is sport weight. It is from Spinning Flock Farm. I will probably create a sweater of my own with a Celtic-style design.
This is the Noro Silk Garden (color 84) I'm using now, the yarn from Snow Star Farms that I've already swatched (and bought buttons for), and Mountain Mohair in Rhubarb for me. The Snow Star Farms is for a Jo Sharp pattern, and I thought I'd adapt a cabled cardigan in VK for the Mountain Mohair--but I'll probably scrap that and make something for me similar to DH's green sweater.
This is Cascade Silk from Tess Designer Yarn. I felt weak-kneed and faint when I got to this booth at Maryland. The colors were enchanting, and it was hard to make a choice. I thought this might make a good shawl, but now I've reconsidered, and I'm thinking of a lacy tunic-style jacket (with an open front,but no buttons) to wear over something simple--say, black pants and a black turtleneck.
This photo doesn't do the Tess Yarn on the right justice. It is the merino-silk yarn (medium weight), and the hues of pink are rich and subtle. I'm not sure what I'm doing with it yet, but I couldn't leave it sitting there. The yarns on the left are Jo Sharp Georgette from WEBS. The cream is for Alice Starmore's Elizabeth I. The gray--?? I just liked it.
My decision what to knit next depends on how fast the warm weather arrives. I hate hot weather and I’m beginning to suspect that I get the seasonal disorder SADD in the summer. I can handle the cold and gloom of winter, and I’m happiest when the temperature is between 40 and 50 degrees. To me this makes perfect sense—I can wear almost anything I’ve knit, and even go outside with only a sweater. We had a nearly 70-degree-day this week, and despite my joy in working with Green Mountain Spinnery’s Mountain Mohair, the warm day motivated me to get closer to finishing that sweater. I need to switch to summer projects when it gets warm, and I have some planned, starting with the completion of my Cotton Fleece UFO and shifting to some lighter-weight lace projects. I’m thinking that I can also work with Silky Wool
to make this sweater (top of the page)
I’ve also had this now-discontinued Rustic Silk from Cherry Tree Hill for a while, and I’m thinking of adapting a modular jacket from a VK pattern for it. It's a DK weight that feels much like cotton.
How do you manage when just thinking about wool makes your hands sweat?