Friday, March 26, 2010

Autumn Equinox

Thank you to those who offered to help me in the last post, I really appreciate it. I'll email you all over the weekend and we'll take it from there.

With the stress of having to knit four samples in six weeks now gone, I've turned my mind to the next Autumn Project.

I do have one thing on the go already - I can't remember if I've talked about it here (I know I have on ravelry).

It's the Evenstar Mystery Knitalong project run by Susan Pandorf of Sunflower Designs. I'm a big fan of Susan, I think she's a hugely generous and creative powerhouse. I find her creativity and energy very inspiring. I can't get over the number of ideas she has for this project - there's going to be a series of Fellowship fo the Rings projects - she's designing them and cranking them out almost simultaneously - it's exhausting just watching it.

I even like the way you have to work some of it out yourself - it does not bother me one jot that the patterns aren't perfect*. It's an adventure!

I'm a little behind, because I started the whole thing again, um, twice, but I think I'll catch up alright.

But that's not the exciting part. The exciting part is this:

I've found the perfect project for that Elsepeth Lavold Silky Wool I showed you a while ago.

(picture from the designer pipbird's photo stream )

It's the summer solstice cardigan by Heidi Kirrmeier. I'm going to make one in espresso.

I can not wait to have one of these to wear this winter. Can. Not. Wait.

And so, on that note, if you're looking for me this weekend, I'll be knitting!

* For example, in the first clue the instructions call for an INC7inDEC3 - so an experienced lace knitter would know that there are several ways of doing this, all leading to slightly different results.

The instructions described one way - kfb 7 stitches into a k3tog - resulting in a twisted centre. Realising that after the first set, and not really wanting a twisted centre, I self-corrected to a k1p1 instead and got an untwisted result. Some people preferred the untwisted result, and therefore said the pattern was wrong. They were both wrong. And both right.

Lace knitting is not like cardigan knitting - similar results can be obtained by slightly different approaches, it is not out of the question to do an alternative that pleases you instead of what the pattern says.


2paw said...

That cardigan will be perfect and I love that it is the opposite of our equinox!! You lace is looking beautiful as usual!!

sue said...

The jacket pattern looks lovely and I am sure it wont take you too long to knit up, just in time for the cooler weather too.

DrK said...

evil silky wool enabler person you.... great pattern, gorgeous shawl. makes me want to do something very complicated and send myself crazy. yeah, why not!

Ann said...

Great choice of pattern & the perfect cardigan for winter. I am planning to knit a long cardigan for winter too. Happy knitting this weekend.

La MaƱosa said...

Your lace is looking gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the info about the cardigan--somehow I had never come across it on Ravelry and I really want to knit it now!

LynS said...

I love the cardigan pattern - thanks for the link. Perfect for my La Droguerie linen. I'm already reordering my mental knitting queue to see just where I might fit it in.

Rose Red said...

That is a most excellent pattern! (the cardi I mean, but also the lace - I was *this* close to signing up for the KAL, but knew it would be unrealistic at this point in time!)

I wonder how that cardi would go in Felted Tweed...

It does fascinate me how some knitters insist on there being "wrong" ways to do things. I try to talk about my preferences rather than black and white "right/wrong" terms. (except when I'm teasing Bells!)

Gidgetknits said...

I took the alternate K1P1 option too - the great thing has been drawing on the experience of everyone else and making up one's own mind on what route to take. Your shawl is looking great!

Jussi said...

love the Evenstar already - can't wait to see how it turns out.

I too am amazed at those who yell "wrong" because too often it leads to a cosmic slap in the face