This is the beginning of the Swallowtail Shawl. Malabrigo sock yarn Persia colorway.
It could be a start of a new love affair...
Another not-quite-so-red sweater I am working on is the Urban Aran Cardigan for my sister. I am knitting this in Dream in Color Chinatown Apple. The pattern calls for a bulky yarn -- 15 stitches per four inch. I am knitting it in DIC worsted at 18 stitches. I am making size large to get a medium. It will need some serious blocking but I think this will work. DIC blocks out beautifully.
Here is the front
The back looks equally interesting!
Another red project is my holiday vest. Trudging along slowly.
On Sunday I took a class from Nancy Bush at one of my LYS -- Nature's Yarn. It was an introduction to Estonian lace knitting. We made this little sampler.I learned how to make the nupps -- that's the little bobble-like thingie that makes up the lily of the valley pattern. And lace cast-on and off. Really neat. It took away my fear of lace knitting. I think it's time to tackle the Swallowtail Shawl.
The color came out way to purply. It is a gorgeous, deep, rich red. This is the first time I work with MadelineTosh yarn and I am loving it. And the red. In fact I love the Tart so much that I got it in sock weight.
Now that is the most true of the colorway.
And that's not the only red I acquired. I got a skein of Have You Any Wool Lux Sport in Rage.
Another merino-cashmere I got was from Squoosh Fiber Arts. True Love merino-cashmere in worsted weight.
But I haven't forgotten my blues. Here are two skeins of Sundara sock yarn that I got from a fellow Raveler.
And to top it off, an alpaca roving from the Sanguine Gryphon.
I also finished my handspun Lavalette. Another pride and joy.
I finally decided on a pattern for my Madelinetosh Tart knitalong. Cassidy. I have had this pattern for all ages. I might put in a zipper instead of buttons too!
I am giving this to a friend's mom. It will keep her warm this winter.
Another FO is my Dream in Color sweater. Another quick knit.Will need to sew on the buttons today.
I am still searching for the perfect pattern for my Madelinetosh Tart. I am now inclined to go with Mr. Greenjeans. It is classy and will look good with shirts, blouses or T-shirts.
I like this pattern too. From a new book edited by Veronik Avery called St-Denis.It reminds me a lot of the Central Park Hoodie. I have to make a decision now if I want a Christmas cardigan. Maybe I'll make Mr. Greenjeans in Tart and the hoodie in Baltic...
Six skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh worsted in Tart.
Six of Baltic:
And a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Traveler:
I have no idea how much yarn I have. It is about 4 ounces and I have 14 wraps per inch -- in-between fingering and DK. I estimate I have a little bit more than 300 yards. That's why I chose this pattern. I can stop when I run out of yarn! So far it is knitting up beautifully.
The color saturation is beautiful. This is Mountain Colors Targhee combed top. I think I have four ounces of it. Maybe a scarf or a shawlette. Not for me since this is not at all my colors but it will make a nice gift. I wonder if this is enough for the Herbivore.
Now this is my color:
Definitely my color.
85 knitting (and spinning) days until Christmas.
Why, oh why, does one have to work?