I finished my Catkin a couple weeks ago! I’ve been wearing it a LOT because it is so lovely.
Project: Tute Catkin
Designer: Carina Spencer
Available: $7 on Ravelry
Yarn: Tosh Light in French Grey and Byzantine
Buttons: LaMode Style 24794 1/2” antique silver (purchased at Jo-Ann’s)
This is a pattern designed for Tosh Light, and I found two colors of Tosh Light I loved … is “French Grey” a brownish grey, or a greyish brown? Either way, it really allows the Byzantine to shine. Working with a single-ply yarn is always a bit more challenging that working with a nice round plied yarn, but sometimes the results are just so lovely, I don’t mind a bit.
The striped neck section was a bit boring to work, and keeping track of the increases was a pain. I stalled out a bit there. I stalled out again in the textured middle section, until I figured out the pattern and didn’t have to watch the chart as closely. The slipped-stitch lollipop section was fun, fun, fun — no stalling out there at all, even though the rows were at their longest.
I especially adore the slipped-stitch vertical stripes at the corners!
Last week I received the latest shipment from the BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club! The March 2012 yarn is to DIE for. Can’t share photos yet, of course, but I will soon! I’ve decided to make the sock pattern this month — it’s perfect for the yarn.
I also cast on for my very own Catkin! I’ve loved this pattern for quite some time, and I think it will be stunning in Mad Tosh Light in “French Grey” and “Byzantine.”
I hope everyone in the knitting world took time to cast on yesterday for Louise Zass-Bangham‘s new design, The Emperor’s New Mitts. I did, and I don’t regret it one little bit! I elected to use the recommended yarn, Rumplestiltskin (100% pure spun gold), Unicorn (100% rainbow), and Jason (golden fun fur). Of course it took extra care and time to place the 3000 gold beads, but I think you would agree that the results are worth it!
Here is Julian modelling my new mitts — very pretty, no?
I love the clever construction and colorwork on this cozy shawl. The first version has bold autumnal colors that really pop. The second version shows how a subtle color choice can make a very different finished object — I love both. The colorwork at the hem is done with slipped stitches, so it is much more accessible to knitters who fear Fair Isle colorwork.
There will always be more lace shawls out there that I want to knit, and this one just got bumped to the top of my “to do” list. I love the wide swaths of stocikinette (great for showing off some multi-colored yarn!), but what really got me is the 4-lobed hem edge — love it!
For my last pick this Monday, I bring you this simple, elegant use of two yarns. The body is worked with a fingering-weight yarn held together with a lace-weight mohair yarn, and the feather-light cowl is worked with the lace yarn alone. It floats above the top like a separate cowl, but it matches and drapes perfectly.