I have two new projects on the needles at the moment (don’t remind me that I am within inches of finishing Flyte, I just can’t seem to face it at the moment. And Cobblestone has gone back in the snooze pile as well.)
The first is the cool cable sweater pattern, Baby Cables & Big Ones Too. I love the simple modern design of this pattern, and am enjoying my first ever top down sweater. What I am not enjoying is the yarn. I’m using Sublime Yarn’s cashmere, silk, merino dk, in a gorgeous deep wine colour. I bought it when my lovely Plucky friend was visiting, and have been saving it for something special. It seemed the perfect choice for this sweater, because I thought the cables would really pop with this type of yarn. Alas, it pills and fuzzes like the very devil. Just from contact with other projects in my knitting bag, the cables have fuzzed so badly that they’ve lost all their definition. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it. Just carry on, and have it as a wear-around-the-house sweater, probably. I hear that the yarn does not tolerate frogging, so carrying on is my only real option. That’ll teach me to knit with anything other than my own yarn (imagine how splendid this design would be in Sylvia 4ply!!! sigh…..)
The second is a Feather & Fan Comfort Shawl, knitted from the last handspun I finished. (I’m trying to pretend I don’t have a half finished comfort shawl already, sitting in a corner getting dusty. This one is different, ok?) I love how the fractal spinning is creating gentle stripes, which the feather & fan pattern is breaking up into undulating waves. So pretty. And the colours are just right for lots of my winter clothes. This is now my tv knit, because only 1 row in every 6 is a pattern row. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the joy and excitement of knitting with my own handspun. It makes me feel Very Clever Indeed.
I’m still fancying making Venezia, a monochrome version in navy and silver Felted Tweed. In fact, I’m dying to cast this on. But I have to be Strong, because this project is going to be my Mount Everest, and it would be really silly to cast on now, when I’m still losing weight. I have to wait until I’ve settled at a size before casting on for something so momentous.