Saturday, March 3, 2012

Off my needles: Liesl, etc.

I am so happy with my new handknit!

It looks orange in the photo, but really it's a beautiful hand-dyed red. (I did get a better picture of the color but it didn't show the lace pattern as well.)  The yarn is a light worsted superwash wool, and the bow is torn from a piece of silk.  The design is by Ysolda Teague, about whom I am officially crazy.  I finished it in just about 6 weeks, with time off in the middle for this project:

The Holyoke Sweater (design by Wenlan Chia) is my first foray into colorwork.  It was amazingly easy to do the two-stranded pattern, and so satisfying!  I did not add bust darts to this sweater so it looks ridiculous on me, but manages to fit K with room to grow.  Holyoke is currently blocking, and when it's dry I need to sew the sleeve seams.  Its Twinkle Soft Chunky yarn, which I ordered online, is my current favorite -- to the point where I drove an hour and a half to Wooly Monmouth in Red Bank, NJ, so I could choose some in person.

 Hence, just off the needles is the left sleeve of Wenlan Chia's Matinee Coat from Twinkle's Town & Country Knits.  Also, check out the new hardwood floor in my studio!

Last, but not least, I am swatching for a couple of sweaters I hope to design for myself, with guidance from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears, Maggie Righetti's Sweater Design in Plain English, and Barbara G. Walker's Knitting from the Top. Those two are going to require some serious quiet time before I can even cast on, but I'm really excited about them.

And on my needles?  Nothing!  Because I can't decide what to do next!

What are you working on?