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Spring is springing (at 35 degrees)

Ok, so it’s sort of cold here, but at last I have some spring patterns to knit!

I bought all three of books/mags at my LYS today.  I haven’t knit a stitch in 5 days, I’ve been in such a funk about it still being winter and not having any new spring patterns to start on yet.  That is very unlike me, but now I’m finally feeling better!

I immediately dug through my stash and found yarn for as many projects as possible.

I may knit the Dimishing Rib cardigan first.  It’s knit in one piece, and it looks like a good transitional sweater.  I am puzzled by the lack of closure, but I am not bothered – I have a huge collection of vintage brooches, and one of them will look great closing the sweater (only at the neck.)  The yarn is Reynolds Cricket, a wool/tencel blend.  I bought it last fall, but the color was too springy for me to use in the dead of winter.  According to Ravelry it has been discontinued.  We will see how I like using it, but the gauge is perfect at least!

This is the Millefiore Cardigan.  I’m planning on using this bright green Ella Rae Bamboo Silk, which I love.  I should have enough for the smallest size, and since I expect bamboo to stretch I don’t mind that it’s a little small.  This is also a nice transitional piece.

At first I found the whisper cardigan puzzling – what is up with the wispy fronts?  But I really want to use up this yarn, and it looks easy.  I am unclear on the weight of the yarn used in the pattern, since I believe it is slightly thick/thin, but I’m using laceweight (knitpicks shadow… I think this color is discontinued?  I’ve had it for ages.)

This is my impractical knit of the season.  I have few occasions where I don’t need to be wearing sleeves (either because of a conservative workplace or because I’m always cold!) but I don’t care.  The construction (knitting the petals separately) looks tricky.  I don’t care.   I love the way this thing looks, and I’m making it out of this teal Rowan wool cotton even if I only wear it  once or twice a season.

This is Cari, from the Lenpur Lenin collection by Rowan.  All the designs are by Sarah Hatton.  I initially hesitated on buying the book, thinking she was the author of Vintage Knits, a book which I owned and really didn’t like, but it seems that was Sarah Dallas, whose designs for Rowan I also generally do not like.  I love Sarah Hatton’s designs, and there is a lot to recommend this book.  The designs are all wearable, and fashion forward without being over the top.  I prefer it to the new Rowan Magazine a whole bunch.  This is my favorite from the book, and I’m planning to use Ella Rae Silkience (as an aside, I really like Ella Rae yarns – great values for what you get, and more durable than you would think!)  The color is a medium brown, I know it’s hard to tell from the photo! The knit nook actually had the Lenpur linen yarn.  I think it’s overpriced (about $10 a ball) and that it feels very much like a cotton/tencel blend to me, which is why I’m going with this yarn (I think it contains Rayon, though I’m too lazy to check now, and all these fibers are very similar.)

Finally, I bought the Berroco book that is dedicated to Mica.  I’m going to knit this sweater using Debbie Bliss Cathay (in teal, a theme for me this year apparently.)  I felt Mica in the store, and I’m not sure what to think of it – it feels soft and slippery, but it is also textured.  It’s pricey, so I’m happy with my sub, though it is not textured and will look somewhat different.

Whew… that’s it for now!  I also like the tunic from the new IK and the Silk Cocoon Cardigan, but I don’t currently own yarn for either of those, and I’m not allowed to buy any more until I use up the yarn I just bought (for the Soap Bubble wrap.)  I did end up ordering the lion brand cotton bamboo – I ordered extra, in case I need to make a size up, and it was still super cheap.  I got cherry blossom, described as a “blush pink.”  I am firmly in the camp that redheads can wear pink, so I hope it’s a shade I like (I thought a pink cardigan sounded lovely for spring.)

Tonight I will get to swatch after dinner (I’m making a nice mushroom pasta.)  This was a light Thursday for me – I had a staff meeting but no lessons, so I’m glad to be feeling better!  Sorry for anyone who I haven’t gotten back to lately – I’ve been super busy (we are now renting out our condo, and I spent a good portion of time lately showing it and then getting the lease details worked out,) plus I have been in sort of a funk.  Hopefully I’m better now!