I've got a bajillion things on my needles, so it's time to summarize -- as much as for you as for scatterbrained me. Besides, I have an opinion I need to gather from you guys!
My pile is looking pretty colorful, hey? If you follow my blog, you know that's the way I like it -- though I do want to point out that one of these pieces is a solid dusty pink. I'm thinking outside the Dayana Knits box, over here!
#1: Scraptastic 2
I have become obsessed with using scraps because, well, I'm drowning in them. I even started a Scraptabulous Pinterest board which is definitely worth checking out. The above photo is my inspiration for Scraptastic 2. Below is Scraptastic 1, blogged here. It used longish repeats of yarn, all amassed in a very pre-planned color order:
Scraptastic 2 is a totally different approach, using as little as 10 inch pieces of yarn, started and stopped wherever, knit in the round with armhole and neck steeks. I think you'll enjoy reading about it, chop chop!
This is Stanza by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Magazine 56. I was excited about this top when I started, mostly because the yarn (Rowan Mohair Haze) is so beautiful. In the end, it's my disappointment of the year, I'll tell you why soon.
#3: Linen Spaghetti
|Arezzo from Rowan Magazine 57|
Unusual for me, I used all (okay, almost all) of the same colors used in this Kaffe Fassett number. It's made in a yarn I absolutely love, Rowan Pure Linen, which I've used once before. If you're interested, have a look around online, I see it on sale all over the place.
I think you can see why I've named it after pasta. The bottom part of the seam is woven in already.
Sometimes you just need to stick a crescent shawl in between all those neverending sweater projects, ya know? I pattern tested Wake by Kephren Pritchett, and it's a favorite on Ravelry already. Hint: if you buy the e-book now, you will get new shawl patterns as they are added. Each new pattern raises the e-book price, so buy now, chickadee! I used a really interesting yarn from Easyknits.co.uk: it's a superwash merino sock yarn decorated with Donegal Tweed.
The queen of fit and wardrobe layers tempted me with this simple cardigan, Candice from the book Honey. The little cable detail in the front with pockets is just enough to keep me interested. As an aside, should there be a new rule that all knitwear requires pockets? Who doesn't love pockets.
|Jester pattern by Berroco|
|Mayfair in the scrumptious Rowan Superfine Merino DK|
Here's one by Martin Storey that has been very fun to knit. You'll never believe it, but no colorwork is required. You do two rows of main color, then two rows of contrast, slipping most of the stitches in the row. That makes those contrast color rows lighting fast!
I have a dilemma though -- the underside is SO TEMPTING AND INTERESTING... do I stick to the original, or turn it inside out? The only downside (other than Blinding Your Friends And Enemies) is that those long floats will surely get caught on things.
|Millstone by Sarah Hatton|
#8: Anchors Aweigh!
So, I have a Knitspiration board on Pinterest too (with >3K followers, whoop!), and I always have these grand schemes that I will immediately replicate these pinnacles of fashion on my magical Missoni/Kenzo/Burberry needles. Hmph. Well, this is my first attempt, and I'm starting "simple" with a cable motif from the front of an English ready-to-wear jumper.
I've got a lot of it correct, but I am totally stalled on the hook tips. How do they curve so nicely? Driving me nuts, honestly, not sure how to get over the hump. I need to start a Ravelry thread or something. Get the experts involved.
|#15 Multidirectional Top by Irina Poludnenko|
I went to Goodwill and scored a bag of bright and beautiful Noro scraps. Then I spit spliced them together in some kind of reasonable order and made me a big "magic ball". I'm alternating it with some unknown navy blue cotton, so this is a major stashbusting win!
The front and back of the tee are two short "scarves" that are connected on the side by picked up stitches and short rows. I'm enjoying the design.
#10: PHEW THERE IS NO #10, FOOLED YOU. (until, uh... tomorrow)
|Little Long Pond, Mount Desert Island, ME|
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