Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sweaters on the brain

Spring must not be too far off, because like every year when warmer weather is soon to be here, all I want to do is think about knitting wool sweaters.

I am still working on my staghorn pullover. I tucked it away for a long time but pulled it out yesterday and did one repeat. I've thought about frogging this sweater a few times just to knit something else with it, but I'm determined to do less frogging this year. When a project is getting stale, I'm just going to tuck it away for a while to see if I want to come back to it. I'm very glad that I didn't frog this sweater because I have put a lot of work in to it and it is really a beauty.

Recently I won a drawing for some ultra-luscious yarn. Libby was having a de-lurking contest and I was the lucky winner of 12 skeins of Noro Cash Iroha in the most perfect shade of robin egg blue. I haven't figured out which pattern to do yet, but I have several that I'm considering. Maybe Something Red by Wendy Bernard, possibly Ingenue from her book Custom Knits... we'll see. I ordered the book on Amazon last week and it still isn't here. I'm hoping to find some inspiration.

I'm also knitting a top-down sweater for my 9-year-old son using red mercerized cotton. I have to say that I really dislike knitting with mercerized cotton. I'm hoping it will soften up with a wash when I'm done so my son will like wearing it. I also just finished a top-down for the babe.

As far as other patterns... I want to knit the Hand-to-Hand Aran by EZ using something wooly and luscious like Berocco Ultra Alpaca in purple or gold. The Cable-Down Raglan by Stefanie Japel has held my attention for a long time... I'm thinking Cotton Fleece in a pretty lipstick red. Also, I'm thinking about joining the next KAL at The Knitting Experience. They're going to be knitting Pioneer from the latest knitty. I'd modify it to have a little more ease and not be so form fitting. I'd also extend the sleeves to 3/4 length with the crochet border on the sleeves as well. I think it'd be a lovely spring sweater. I'd love to do it in a cotton blend -- maybe creamy yellow or a coral color? Something super springy.

I have sweater-brain!

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