October 26, 2021
I'm taking a short trip this weekend, and buoyed by my success in finishing my sister's birthday socks on my last excursion, I'm giving serious consideration to taking my languishing Mondim socks with me--I purchased the yarn in New York in November of 2019, and started the socks in June of 2020!
(In the brief moment of delusion where I imagined that I would finish both socks and be without anything else to work on, I discovered that I have 482 sock patterns in my Ravelry library! 😳)
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There's been so much busy fall activity that I realized the other day that I never highlighted Aerial Color! It's the same blend and yardage as solid Aerial--25g, 284yds, 65% superkid mohair and 35% silk, but in five beautiful variegated colorways reminiscent of Impressionist paintings. Knit or crocheted by itself, it creates an ethereal fabric. Held together with a solid yarn, it adds a pretty glaze of color. (In the photo here, one strand is held together with a strand of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Light, and swatched on US8 needles.) The pattern collection for Aerial Color includes a hat and mittens set, plus two sweaters--I'm especially fond of the cardigan, Fryda. And there is also a free shawl pattern, Nigela, that combines Aerial Color with Aerial for a cozy accessory that weighs next to nothing.
Issue No. 12 / DUSK from Making releases this Friday, October 29th, and you can pre-order here. Note that right now, the number of copies is limited, as there was a fulfillment issue with my order. I expect it to be corrected, but I'm not comfortable promising anything for Friday shipment that I don't currently have in hand! The theme is beautifully expressed in the projects in this issue--they all communicate the comfort of retreating into coziness as the light fades on a winter afternoon.
It's Beanie Season--partly because as the weather cools, we're more apt to reach for a hat, and partly because they make great gifts!
Last week's exploration of crochet patterns did lead me to chain on Toni Lipsey's French Press Cardi! I'm using Malabrigo Rios in Ivy, as green has been loudly whispering "pick me! pick me!" in my ear of late. The pattern starts with a sleeve cuff and is constructed sideways, which is a fine way to avoid being stranded on Sleeve Island, don't you think???
So excited to be working the border mosaic motif of the Laurel shawl, by Jen Peck. I really enjoy building the symmetrical color patterns, and the design alternates garter stitch mosaic with stockinette to create even more textural interest. Shown again by transferring to Purl Strings, and the colors of Weld are Ash, Juniper, and Evergreen.
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