I just had to start something new while I was waiting for a gadget to finish off my Tabby-Cat.
Tabby-Cat is all finished and sewn up except for part of the side seams where I need to sew in the ties. I really didn’t like the design of the ties in the pattern – 2 rows knit, 2 rows purl. I thought they would stretch out of shape really fast – I knit a little and hated it…
I decided to use an i-cord tie but didn’t fancy making that much so i-cord manually so I’m waiting on an i-cord maker from ebay. More on that and the potential fun to be had with an electric drill and an i-cord maker is for another post!
So what have I started? The autumn/winter Rowan mag no. 54 is out and it is stuffed with things I’d like to make 😀 So much in Kidsilk Haze too! (And we all know I have one or two balls in my stash 😉 )
I think Rowan have really surpassed themselves in this issue – they suddenly seem to have caught up with the rest of the knitting world and are talking about knitting in the round, steeking (really good article!) and historical patterns. So what to choose? There was one pattern that clearly shone out above all the others but needed a mighty 9 balls of KSH – others might think,
“Ouch, that’s a lot of KSH to buy”
But I thought,
“Yippee! Another 9 balls of my huge KSH stash used up!”
It’s this pattern – Vivaldi..
It’s quite a simple lace pattern and knit with a double strand of KSH (that’s how it manages to use up 9 balls). I’m super intrigued by that neck too.
I guess for some, KSH around their neck like that would be irritating but I have KSH scarves and I know I’m OK with it – it’s also going to be incredibly thick and warm – maybe too warm for some but when I cold – I’m really cold and love a snuggly warm jumper so it’s all good for me 🙂
My next “problem” was what colour? I’m embarrassed to say I had the choice of 9 balls of 9 different colours Kid Silk something (Haze, Night and Spray)!
I laid out all my colour choices and, with Purcey’s help, tried to choose.
Purcey sulked because I wouldn’t let him play with the yarn and hid in the corner of the knit room…
Then I got a proper look at the colours…
It was easy to rule out the Kidsilk spray – variegated yarn would have been too busy with the lace too – but I struggled – in the end I plumped for Colour 596 -Marmalade. A beautiful rich orangey colour – helped by the Guilty Knitters who thought it would suit me and the fact that I have seen the colour in clothes in the shops a lot this year.
So how is it knitting? Really fast!
It’s hard to get a good photo of the stitch pattern with all the fuzz …
This is a week’s work on the back..
This is going to be such fun 😀