Looking back at my blog entries, I see that I had a flurry of projects last summer as well! Not surprising, since it's too hot to do much else here in South Texas in the summer!
|Atelier (designed by Heidi Kirrmaier)|
knit in a Berroco cotton/linen yarn
I have knit so many sweaters in wool and wool blends, that this spring I realized I really didn't have any summer sweaters in my wardrobe at all! I'd gotten lazy and lost all fashion sense by resorting to utilitarian fleece - pullovers, half-zips, and jackets - whenever I found myself chilly in a restaurant, plane, or wherever the A/C was cranked, like it usually is everywhere here in the South in the summer. So knitting a couple of cute cotton sweaters was definitely in order.
|Peasy (also designed by Heidi Kirrmaier)|
knit in a pima cotton/silk blend yarn.
I knitted this same sweater design
last winter in a pretty Rowan Felted Tweed wool yarn
I realize now that I am a sucker for the really cool novelty yarns that include bits of silver or gold filaments or ribbons of shiny cellophane in the strand. I bought this really pretty deep crimson worsted weight wool yarn with very fine silver thread and then waited for a pretty sweater design to come along. And when I came across a suitable design, I decided to go ahead and knit it, since it's a versatile cardigan and could be taken on trips in the summer to locations where the evenings might get cool.
|This is Yellow Brick Road, designed by Ela Torrente.|
It's a wool yarn, but is a summer weight...Kollage Yarns Glisten
|Ava sweater, designed by Diane Soucy|
knit in Classic Elite yarn Ava (a happy coincidence!)
|Crocheted Grocery Bag, design by Cassie Edwards|
crocheted in Hobby Lobby Crafter's Secret Cotton yarn
To keep the needles flying and not overly fill my own closet shelves with sweaters, I offered to make a sweater for my daughter-in-law. It's the same design as one I've made twice for myself, and one that I've used to teach a friend how to knit. I feel it's a very versatile design and looks like something my daughter-in-law would like and would wear. So I worked on it furiously so that I could bring the finished item with me to San Diego when I visited them in late May. I had to make a guess at the size, and when it was done had no way to be sure, as it was huge on me. It fit her perfectly!
|My daughter-in-law in her Abate sweater, designed by|
Alicia Plummer. This one knit in Euro Baby Babe Soft cotton
For some reason totally unknown to me, I fell in love with a yarn called Kidsilk Haze Trio. I had no idea what I could make from this airy, very fuzzy yarn, just that I absolutely had to have some! I found a batch of same-lot for sale on ebay, made an offer, and it was accepted. Soon, the package arrived on my doorstep. What can I knit?? Then a pattern design showed up in my search on Ravelry that I thought might be perfect. The pattern called for a worsted weight yarn, but I could see the possibilities with this yarn, making it over-sized and on larger needles to make it slightly transparent. Super lightweight, packs down very small....could be the perfect travel companion for those cold airplanes and terminals.
|Shoulder and cowl detail of this otherwise plain stockinette sweater|
|Birchbark, designed by Alicia Plummer|
Knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Trio, a three-ply yarn spun from mohair and silk