I like to think I have been a rather disciplined knitter this summer. I’ve kept my stash growth to a minimum. (I think buying 50 pounds of yarn to dye has suppressed my stashing needs.) I’ve stayed relatively focused on projects. (Until recently.) And I’ve even managed to finish a couple too.
Recently I’ve noticed some serious similarities amongst my projects. Generally I consider myself to be a diverse knitter, using a variety of different colours and stitches with the projects I knit on simultaneously. But apparently this isn’t so..
The Lavalette by Kristen Kapur.
The first Lavalette I had made was quite a bit heavier and I really wanted to experience knitting loosely with silk cashmere. I love it so much and I can’t wait until it’s cool enough out to wear it. Knitting with my own hand-dyes has given me a lot more confidence in my dyeing. Seeing the colours knit up is so exciting. And seeing that they don’t pool is even better. Lately I have been experimenting with subtle shifts of colours. You might not be able to see it here, but the grey blue gradually shifts back and forth from a light lavender. I’ve found a lot of pleasure in dyeing greys with little hints of colour. It’s rather magical, I think. There isn’t really anything out there like it, at least not that I have seen. Maybe this is where the obsession started.
by Gudrun Johnston
to finish the border sections. I was planning on doing less garter and more open lace work, but we shall see.
This project is a secret.
I shouldn’t really be sharing it. But it’s necessary I do to further my point. It’s the first project on my list of Christmas knits. It’s also one of the most important. I wish I could tell you why but there runs a risk of the recipient reading this post and so I will have to save that story for another time. I will however give you a hint. (You could of course look on my Ravelry project page. No secrets there.) Using a very special pattern by Ysolda Teague I will be spending many nights knitting row after row of garter stitch. Yes, more garter stitch. Yes, more grey and blue.
Somewhere along the way of projects I thought it would be a cool idea to start a garter stitch scarf. I long for Fall. I’ve been eyeing the Mericash at the shop for quite sometime now and I finally gave in.
It’s a beautiful blend of merino and cashmere from Uruguay. Alternating colours every two rows I plan to make a simple striped scarf. I started a couple days ago but it was too loose. And rather then begin again on smaller needles, I became distracted by yet another project.
I’m excited to be releasing a new 100% silk yarn in the coming weeks. It’s loosely spun and slides through your hands effortlessly.
I like to knit with my yarns before I begin selling them. And so, this project is strictly business, or at least that is what I tell myself..
Look at how it shines in the sun.
I plan to have some ready for sale in time for the Pic-Knit at the Surrey Museum on August 8th. As a result I was in need of a rather quick and simple knit that would show the yarn off beautifully.
by Laura Chau
I absolutely love this. And Laura has done a wonderful job writing out a pattern that everyone can read – giving you the option to read a chart or line by line. It takes a bit of concentration but it’s worth it. The thickness of this yarn helps define the simple garter and makes the streams in between the yarn overs stand out quite beautifully.
It’s official, I’m on Garter Island. And if it had a colour, there’s no doubt in my mind that it would probably be blue and grey. Maybe this sudden obsession for garter and grey and blue has been sparked by my recent infatuation with the projects of some of my favorite knitting guys. I even found a group on Ravelry dedicated to the garter stitch called FLOGS (For the Love of Garter Stitch), I thought it was fitting that I join. I think it’s strange how all of my current projects match in one way or another. But maybe it’s more common than I think.
*waves to mom over on purple island*