Hello, everyone! Another gloomy Thursday unfortunately, here in Portland. I hope it’s sunny wherever you are!
If you missed my last couple of posts, we’ve been doing a Fashionknitsta Knit-a-long with the assemblage pattern sev[en] circles. I’m really enjoying this project as it requires minimal attention, and while I’ve stretched it out a bit, its very reasonably an instant gratification kind of project. So, to begin today let’s check in with the sev[en] circles progress. Here is mine knit with Mirasol Nuna, color Emerald, on circle 6:
I would like to be a bit further along than this, but camping at the coast with 40 mph winds wasn’t really ideal knitting conditions this last weekend. It took me about a day just to shake all the sand out of it.
Sara has already finished (and is wearing) hers:
Absolutely gorgeous! The roll is just perfect in the yarn she chose, Canopy by the Fibre Company, color Macaw. From what I can tell on the Ravelry thread there are a couple more FO’s out there and I can’t wait to see them! I’m hoping to be completely done by this weekend though and I’m so excited to wear this!
We did spring this KAL on you a little quick last time, so I’ve decided I’d really like to continue the Fashionknitsta KALs and we’ve chosen a project for July that I’m very excited about. Eva and I have been talking about knitting Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel for quite sometime, when I realized that it was almost July (which is our Month of Lace!) I knew it was meant to be.
So, we are now officially announcing the July 2010 Fashionknitsta Ishbel KAL, and hopefully everyone will have enough time to think about yarn choices and investigate the pattern a bit before we get started. There is a small and large version of this pattern, Eva and I are both doing the small version which requires 330 yards of a fingering yarn.
We have also decided to use the same yarn, Madelinetosh Pashmina, though she chose colorway Terrarium and I’m going to use Moorland. The larger version is 610 yards of a lace weight, both sizes are more than welcome! I put together some ideas for yarns I think this would be great in, though it’s hard to go wrong I think.
Fingering weight options:
- Abstract Fiber Matisse
- Madelinetosh Glazed Sock (I think this is what Sara is going to choose)
- Malabrigo Sock
- The Fibre Co. Road to China Light
- Shibui Staccato
- Fleece Artist Sea Wool
Lace weight options:
- Malabrigo Lace Baby
- Habu Bamboo Lace
- Handmaiden Camelspin
- Isager Alpaca 1
- Handmaiden Silk Cashmere
- Noro Sekku
When it gets closer to the time I’ll start a thread on Ravelry, so we can discuss yarns and share progress and all that. I hope you’ll join us!
Today we received our first copy of Kim Hargreaves latest book Misty. Unfortunately it’s already gone, but I did have a chance to skim through it and was reminded of a pattern I fell in love with just a few weeks ago, Jess:
Now, I could have sworn I blogged about this book/pattern weeks ago, but when I looked through the archives it appears I did not. I love this little vest, the drape is absolutely gorgeous and just a hint of a shawl collar dresses it up just enough. You could easily wear this with shorts or jeans on the weekend, or with something a little nicer for work during the week.
Something I didn’t realize until flipping through the book today is the yarn called for is Rowan Lenpur Linen; which makes this a perfect spring or summer layering piece. Now I love the look of this, and I love Lenpur Linen, but I’d also really like to see this done with just a little bit more structure in the Rowan Revive or even a more fall-appropriate version in Felted Tweed.
Jess isn’t the only great pattern in this book, it was hard to choose favorites, but I also fell in love with Haze:
A jacket-style cardi (with covered buttons!) done in Rowan Denim.
A beautiful, relaxed boyfriend style cardigan done in Rowan Summer Tweed.
I can’t wait until we get more copies of this book in, and can really realistically dream about all these pieces.
We’ve got a busy weekend in store for us here at Knit Purl with Jared Flood visiting us, so I’ll have to leave you for today. Check back next week for another edition of Fashionknitsta and, until then, stay chic, blogfans!