I am nothing if not obsessive. All my life I have chosen interests and then followed them with (some might say) excessive enthusiasm. First there were books… I carried them everywhere, and probably wasn’t seen without a book in my purse until well after the age of majority (and now I’m back there again, but nevermind…) Then there was embroidery. Then Crochet. Then (recently) my obsession with restoring the house. Knitting has carried on for quite awhile with no sense of waning. Now you will rarely find me without a half finished sock lurking in my bag somewhere. I even develop minor obsessions with my knitting. Currently I’m really into semi-solid yarns, both for socks and sweaters. Yesterday I started these socks.
The pattern is “Cozy Cables”
It’s not a free pattern, but totally worth it… the pattern is extremely detailed and clear. I’m loving knitting these, except for one thing… the yarn (dream in color starry) is too solid. Fortunately, it has sparkles, and they will get me through the pain, but I think this yarn should be less solid if they are going to call it a semi-solid. Other than that the yarn is lovely, and so much larger than the Malabrigo sock I used last that I can’t believe how fast it’s going!
My sock queue on ravelry? Three pages long. And I just bought “Folk Socks” and “Knitting Socks in Handpainted Yarn.” My sock yarn stash? Let us not speak of it. I have sold off most of my variegated and am now replacing them with semi-solids and some variegated skeins where the colors are closer together.
The new Winter Knitty is out, and for once I have found quite a lot to love. I immediately queued up the yarn for Amelia.
I love the little pintucks and the shaping. Plus I have a thing for garter stitch cuffs for some reason. The yarn is Madelinetosh worsted in Malachite, and is so pretty that honestly it might kill me.
My other favorite from the issue is Maja.
I love the geometric look, and I already own the yarn called for, Manos Silk Blend. I bought it so long ago that I can’t even remember why, but it’s semi-solid!
I also really like the Plaited Points socks and have queued them, though I’m not sure if they would be an annoying knit or not. Finally, Surface is gorgeous (I even like the funny wrap thing) but I have Kingscot to attempt before I queue any other Norah Gaughan patterns.
I did cast on today for the Climbing Vines pullover from the Winter IK today, but I don’t have any good photos yet. I’m using Dream in Color Classy in Chinatown Apple, because I can squeeze the smallest size out of three skeins. I hope to have pictures tomorrow!
Does anyone have a copy of the new Knit.1 yet? They are relaunching with new editors and what appears to be a whole new look. They seem to have at last been released from the death grip of lion brand, and everything looks beautiful and wearable.
I’m planning to make this garter stitch cardigan from Kathmandu aran tween (I have a really dark blue shade that is lovely, but needs to be a plain pattern or it obscures the details.) The socks are by Cookie A… lovely.
Hope everyone is having a good week!
9 thoughts on “New Patterns and Obsessions”
So, I thought the red for your sock was simply beautiful, right up until I saw the Malachite….Oh my that’s my idea of heaven!
Oh my gosh ~ you have such great taste!! I love every single project you have queued.
I have read your blog for months already and I have a lot of questions about some sweaters. Could you please give me your e-mail address, so I could ask these questions?
Thank you very much!
Kadri from Estonia (from North-Europe)
I’m on the same semi solid sock kick. I have sold most of my varigated lately. Thanks for the heads up on knit.1….I don’t think I would have even picked it up based on past issues so this is a welcome change!
Is the new knit.1 out?!?!?! ohnoes! I thought it hit stands next week Tuesday! I, too, have been eyeing that garter yoke cardi – can’t WAIT! :: runs to check news stands at lunch ::
I know what you mean about obsessions… I’m the same way. Books, cross stitch, sewing, quilting, gaming, knitting…
I’m a fan of Norah Gaughan’s knitty pattern, as well.
I got the latest knit.1 yesterday and couldn’t believe how great the patterns were this time around! Due, I’m sure, to their getting all the content from the knitbloglitterati (how’s that for a great new word), but hopefully the trend will continue with their next issue as well. It was way better than the IK Holiday issue this year, in my opinion.
My head is positively spinning from the recent deluge of knitting prettiness — what to choose first???
Oh I love that brown pullover… Gorgeous!