Let me start by saying that I’m currently working on a sweater that I am not a fan of. lt’s based loosely on Mr. Darcy (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mr-darcy), as in I am following the instructions for the sweater dimensions and number of stitches, but not the stitch pattern. There is a reason for this….the yarn is lion brand homespun, of which I am really not a fan, with a bit of the lion brand thick and quick (I don’t mind this yarn at all, it just hurts my hands after a while working with it) thrown in. This sweater is for a gentleman that comes to my barn regularly and asked me to make him a sweater, and being that he is a truly amazing, genuine and good person, I said of course. He picked out the yarn that made him happy, so there we are, with yarn I hate being turned into a beautiful sweater. If I can figure out how to post a pic to this entry from my phone (I am currently on the desktop) I will, if not I’ll throw it in another post.
On to the fun stuff!! I have my next several projects all picked out, right down to the wool I plan on buying tomorrow (I hope, if not, then next week). First up we have Graphite, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/graphite-5, that I’ve had in my queue forever! I even bought yarn for it, but have realized, with all that I’ve learned over the last year about knitting and sizes, I failed to buy enough yarn. It’s all good, though, I plan to make a different sweater from that yarn, I just don’t know which one. So for this I will be buying Ella Rae Classic Sport, which I love. I’ve done a couple of baby sweaters in this wool and fell in love with it.
Next up…Mailin http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mailin. If I could design a sweater for myself, this would be it. I love this sweater and can not wait to start it. I plan on getting Imperial yarns for this, but of course don’t recall which, I lost the ball tag from the skein I bought for a hat. The yarn was just lovely to work with, and knits up nice and soft, and has plenty of warm to it. I haven’t’ decided on the color yet, but I am leaning toward blue. Originally I wanted to use cascade 220 superwash quarto for this, then realized the quarto wasn’t heavy enough. Did I despair? Absolutely not!! I just picked a different sweater for that wool, plum rain, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plum-rain. There is a little back story to this yarn: I ordered a bunch of balls of this yarn wen it was on sale at WEBS, all different colors, for socks. I just made a pair of these:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rivercat-sock in color 1955 and just loved the color and decided it would be perfect for a sweater, and the hunt began. Mailin seemed a good match, but I am not talented enough yet to substitute different weight yarns, so the hunt continued and I found plum rain. I am happy all around.
Might I add, please, that I have not bought one bit of yarn in nearly two months, because I know I wanted to buy several sweater’s worth at once. It has been KILLING me! I ran into my LYS and bought a pattern book, just to have an excuse to touch all the pretty wool!!
Stitching continues on Ethereal Diamonds and Haruni when I need a break from the acres of homespun.