Sunday, March 16, 2008

Casting Forth for the Next Knit...

As I approach the finish of one knit, my mind is casting forth towards the next project. It's not a pretty sight to see me all twitchy and jumpy when I don't have something satisfactory on the needles. My family stays far away as the books get pulled out, flipped through and tossed aside. The children are coldly booted off the computer when mom needs a turn. They peer in hopefully to see if I'm done, only to be told that I'll be done faster if they would just leave me alone.

One potential project is the Mystic Light Knit along. Last weekend Anna posted a swatch pattern that can be turned into a pulse warmer and so I knit it up this weekend.

Can you see the cables on either side? I find the idea of cables and lace together to be intriguing. My yarn is Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester (BFL), which is lovely and soft, but I don't like the look of it in this swatch. I don't think the yarn does the pattern justice, or vice versa. I'll need to go down a needle size or get a different yarn, if I choose to knit this shawl.

Because I've got an idea for another project. I've been thinking about knitting Jim a sweater. He wears his Urban Aran all the time, and while it still looks great, I think it deserves a break. I was searching around for some yarn for him on the net, and I found this great website I want to share with you. It's called Wool2Dye4. Not that I know how to dye. Or am interested in learning how. Cause I'm not. No really. Honest! I am NOT protesting too much!

I wish I could buy the 1lb aran weight cone of BFL and dye it in shades of blue to knit it up into Cobblestone for Jim. I think the changes of garter stitch to plain stockinette would look great in hand dyed yarn. But I've never dyed before, and I don't trust myself to create my vision.

So instead I dove into my stash and I've come up with this combination of colors to make Jim a yoked pullover. When these colors were put together, they just clicked for me.

This would be for the Aspen Leaf yoked pullover (look for the image with the number 31 in the bottom) from Meg Swansen's Knitting. Jim looks good in a yoked sweaters, and I love the idea of using stash yarns. I'll just have to knit him a neckband of something soft and lovely so to make up for not using the BFL.

Well, back to the needles! Those socks won't knit themselves you know....


  1. Wow, I love the twisty cable border on the lace swatch. I've been a little careful with mystery KALs, but that seems convincing. Your first part about the computer and the patterns and being on the prowl for the right pattern? Sounds just like me. I just can't find the right socks!

  2. I love the blue and gray combination. That will look very excellent. Thank you for the doily! It came in the mail, and I LOVE it. It's so pretty. Thank you thank you.

    Happy knitting! Go rock those needles!

  3. Oooh! Nice swatch. I had forgotten that I signed up for that KAL. I need to find some yarn for it.

    I love the grey and blue yarns. They'll make a nice sweater. Extra points for stash busting!