Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yarn Along (#?)

Yarn Along, oh how I've missed you!

I was doing pretty well this winter and spring keeping up with reading and knitting and participating in the Yarn Alongs.  But then summer vacation arrived and, well, I wasn't able to keep up.

So I'm back this week going back and forth between Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees and Jack Kerouac's On the Road.  The Bean Trees came highly recommended by two acquaintances randomly a few weeks back.  And I figured it was about time I read On the Road, given that I was an English major who focused on American literature.

I'm slowly making progress on Kate Davies' Paper Dolls sweater.  Between the i-cord cast on and the corrugated rib, the first 2 inches were very slow going.  But I love the effect of both techniques and I quickly got used to carrying both the pink and green yarns in my left hand while knitting and purling away.  I'm now into the body of the sweater and won't hit colorwork again until the yoke.  So I've got inches and inches of stockinette stitch ahead of me, in a sock weight yarn to boot.

I've got a long stint in a doctor's office waiting room ahead of me today, and I'm hoping this doctor has wifi so I can read all of the other Yarn Along posts.

I'd love to see what you're reading and knitting, so please leave a comment if you stop by.  Thanks!  And thanks to Ginny for hosting the Yarn Alongs.

Monday, August 1, 2011

it's here...

The Fall Issue of Twist Collective came out today!  I'm so honored to be a part of this issue.  This beret is my design, Plover.  It's an interesting knit combining cables and eyelets and lots of texture.

I poured my heart into this pattern from the gauge swatches I worked and reworked, to the samples I knit, and the charts that I learned to write.  This pattern has both written and charted directions and it was working this pattern that finally convinced me that charts are a life saver and really not all that scary.

This sample was knit with Miss Babs Yummy Monochrome Sport and Sock 3-ply in her Firecracker colorway.  I fell in love with this yarn the minute it arrived in my mailbox and it didn't disappoint.  Look at that depth of color.  How can you not love it?

Make sure to check out all of the amazing patterns in this issue of Twist.

Find Plover on Ravelry.

Photo courtesy of James Brittain and Twist Collective.


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