Sew, sew, sew - well not all the time! Sometimes creativity of a different sort is necessary to keep the brain cells from completely frying and to keep creativity fresh, spontaneous and flowing. For me that means knitting, knitting, knitting. When I am knitting my mind sort of falls into a place of peace, tranquility and serenity. Wow doesn't that sound great!! Shame of it is that I can't knit and do all the other things one must achieve in a day at the same time. It probably helps that when I am knitting I am following someone else's pattern rather than designing the pattern, as I do when quilting. Less thinking involved!!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you the two projects on my needles right now.
1. Placed Cable Aran sweater
I am a huge fan of cables. Cables feature prominently in a lot of my knitting projects. Simple cables, complex cables and combinations of many different cables. I'm not sure what it is about cables that I find so alluring. Maybe it is the geometry of them, maybe it is the 'cleverness' of them - the texture that is created by only knitting stitches out of order or maybe it is the sheer beauty of the sinuous curves that cabling creates.
This sweater pattern appealed to me immediately. The cabling is simple but different - quite celtic looking with its circular design. It is designed by Cathy Payson and I came across it in Interweave Knits Fall 2007 Magazine.
The yarn I am using is Tahki Yarns Savoy - a 52% silk/48% merino wool blend in a beautiful rich red. The yarn is lovely to work with, soooo soft. And because of the high silk content it has a wonderful sheen. Very lustrous and luxurious looking.
So far I have completed the back and am mostly finished the front. I am up to shaping the neckline. Then on to the sleeves, plain with no cabling, and then the lovely cowl. I love, love, love a cowl neckline. Great for pulling up over your face as you stand out in the winter cold and rain watching your small people playing soccer or football (that is Australian Rules football for those not in Victoria Australia!!).
Usually I can talk and follow a complicated knitting pattern at the same time. However, of late I seem to have lost this particular skill. Boo hoo :( Being a believer in finding solutions and not dwelling on problems, and as I cannot bear to sit with still hands, I have started a new project. I know, you are all too saintly to have more than one project on the go at once!?!?!?! Just call me fallen from grace. So I have found a lovely pattern that is simple stocking stitch and I have combined it with a self-striping yarn. Feels like cheating - pattern and colour with none of the complexity. Right up my alley (so to speak).
Savannah is designed by Kim Dolce of Dolce Handknits and I purchased the pattern from my favourite online store Webs - America's Yarn Store. As you can see it is very simple but with lovely easy shaping around an empire waist line.
The yarn I have chosen is a beautiful self-striping yarn in shades of blues and greys. It is Picchio by Moda Vera and was purchased at Spotlight in Australia at their end of season sale - a real bargain at 160 metres of aran (worsted, 10ply) weight yarn for $3.00 a ball. It is a 70% merino wool/30% silk blend - seems to be a trend here! I love the sheen of silk and the softness and warmth of merino wool.
Very easy, simple stocking stitch. Now I can be chatty and productive at the same time. Another kind of knitting nirvana!
Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....