Just when I had committed to myself to blog more often, to maintain these wonderful online knitterly connections, Murphy’s Law had other ideas. Isn’t that always the way? A bit of flu, thought I was mostly better, then a bit of mild pneumonia, by all indications. It does seem to be hanging on, and I am headed back to the doc later this morning.
With all this time off, I certainly did a spot of knitting. But mostly it was napping, lazing and reading. You know you are under when you read instead of knit because it takes less energy. I did finish a couple of smallish items and started yet another cardigan.
I firmly believe one can never have enough cardigans. Or bags.
So, the big catch up. Let’s get to it, shall we?
My favorite little FO of late, a pair of Knotted Slippers by Cocoknits, for a friend who is celebrating both a birthday and a start to maternity leave at the same time! Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio Superwash Merino, colorway Spring, about 225 yards for size 8-9, US5 needles (Raveled). Another winner from Cocoknits – a quick and clever, well-written pattern and a stupendous use of sock yarn! The Capistrano yarn was a delight to work with. Also, double stranding a handpaint resulted in a lovely painterly effect.
These are a tad to large for me, but even like this they were supremely comfortable. I have worn my Pleated Ballet Flats, also from Cocoknits, all the time and can see a pair of these for moi in the future.
Continuing a preference for bright, Spring-y colors, a pair of DK Delights socks, from Amy Swenson, for my neice’s birthday. Scout’s Swag Superwash Merino Worsted, colorway Extinct, amazingly also about 225 yards, US4 needles (Raveled). This was also a great pattern, every other row is knit and the lace pattern is easily to remember.
And finally, more cardigans.
I got a start on an Aryn Tunic Cardigan by Melissa Werhle, for me, in Classic Elite Lush. I love how this pattern is nearly seamless, and, oh, the texture. Yummy nummy texture. I lose a certain amount of time as I periodically stop and fondle the fabric. The Lush is luscious.
In February I worked on a sample knit for Mind of Winter, the Chalice Cowl, which has now been released! This will be the only early release from Julia’s planned fall collection, and other sample knits will be secret (shhhh). But I can tell you there are some gorgeous patterns in the works.
There are a gazillion new magazines and patterns zooming about these days, even more than usual it seems. I honestly don’t have the energy to list all my recent favorites right now – but, if you haven’t already, do check out Twist, Knitscene, and Petite Purls. ETA – and Knitty! A really good Knitty!