It seems that there are new knitalongs cropping up all over the blogosphere, and like many of you, I went on a joining spree!
So timely! Cables are so hot right now. Do you have any cable projects on the needles now, or some planned in the near future? The group blog has started off with a bang – there are some lovely sweaters, cardigans, mittens, and scarves showing up! While I am currently knitting up a cabled/rib pullover for Kris, I am also planning some other cabled cardigans this season… I don't know if I can fit them all in this fall, but I like to aim high!
Wool wool and more wool. I recently added the middle cardigan (from the Fall 2006 Knit Simple magazine) to my list – especially when I ran into a good sale of Patons Classic Merino at a local craft store. The first hoodie has been on my list for ages, and as soon as I finish one of my WIPs, this baby is going on the needles. The third cardi is another great design from Stefanie at Glampyre. I am planning to use a great eggplant-colored wool from my stash for this one.
When I saw Claudia mention this one on her blog, I immediately signed up. Rich tweedy yarns conjure up images of winter wonderlands, fireplaces, and magnificent knit creations – it is the quintessential winter wool for me! (Yes, I like to wax poetic about yarn…) I have a lot of tweed in the stash, and I have one finished tweedy cardigan to my name.
|The Durrow pullover is a "two-fer": it is knit in the amazing tweedy Dale of Norway Sisik yarn, and it has cables galore up the sleeves. I am currently working the armholes on the back of this one.|
This knitalong goes all winter, so I hoping to fit in some other tweedy accessories, specifically hats and mittens, and if I can really get going? Maybe the V-neck pullover in the red Sisik…
I recently posted about my desire to jump right into color work and Fair Isle. I received some wonderful tips from you all, and I think I am going to use Sandy's knitalong to experiment! Mittens seem like a great place to start. Over the past few months, I have picked up two books that have great technical advice, as well as beautiful patterns:
Folk Mittens features traditional designs from many cold-weather countries. I love the folk aspect of this book, and as I improve as a knitter, I hope to have many of these mittens in my collection. The Knit Mittens! book contains some helpful diagrams and pictures, as well as several cute patterns. Techniques inside include colorwork, needle felting, and cables. There are also patterns specifically for children. Now the problem is choosing where to start…
Finally, the last knitalong that I joined is a great way to combine all of the knitalongs into one… all you have to do is watch movies and knit (or crochet, or spin!) while watching a movie!
Fiberflix is another brilliant idea from Craftylily Jennifer! The concept is simple: each month, the group chooses a theme and a corresponding movie. Next month's theme will be film noir, and the voting is going on right now – go join and put in your vote! (I say Strangers on a Train…) We will have an ongoing discussion about the movie throughout the month, as well as share the projects we work on while watching the movie.
And have you heard about this other project? a month-long sock celebration? Sounds pretty fun!