If you subscribe to my e-newsletter, you'll notice that I've been hinting at a secret matchy-matchy Christmas gift for my little brother and his girlfriend. There are four pieces to this. One is done, and the second one (left) is still on the needles, because this weekend I lost a game of Yarn Chicken.
Yarn Chicken is a lovely moniker given to the time when a knitter looks at what's left of her yarn, wonders if she should go to the store to buy some more, then decides she is too lazy to put on real clothes, so she knits away, hoping that she
One of my favorite knitting podcasts (yes; I listen to knitting podcasts) is KnitMoreGirls, hosted by grandmother Gigi, daughter Jasmin and granddaughter Genevieve. Each week, one of their segments is called "When Knitting Attacks," and the two more experienced hosts share a knitting misadventure with their listeners. Because their knitting is so much more beautiful and advanced than mine is, half the time I don't understand the details of their knitting attacks, because they use techniques I've never heard of! But this weekend, I had a knitting attack of my own that I have not fully resolved, and it's giving me a tiny bit of pre-Christmas-knitting-anxiety. Thankfully Starbucks cures that.
As you may remember from two weeks ago, I'm a big fan of challenging myself with my knitting. I like to design projects that are either really big or really complicated ... just to see if I can do it.
My next plan won't get cast on until the new year, but I am so excited about it. It's going to be a beautiful sweater knit with a limited edition colorway of yarn from Expression Fiber Arts (hey, if you feel the need to get me or your other favorite knitter a Christmas present ... Chandi's yarn is delectable). This sparkly sport weight yarn in the "Paradise" colorway is 3-ply silk and one ply of spaaaaaahkle baby! Ugh. I love it. I've held onto it for more than a year, waiting on the perfect pattern design to creep into my brain.
cool-ass cable paneling on the front. The trick will be finding the right cable pattern that allows this variegated yarn to show itself off perfectly! Who knows, maybe I'll master cable creation and will have a ocean-inspired one to include. The bell sleeves may also have some detailing up the sides, but my concern with that is the rings I wear ... and if I slip on a jacket, I wouldn't want anything to get caught in the stitches.
I'm giving myself a timeline of Jan. 1 through Nov. 1 to complete this sweater, from full pattern development to swatching (if you're a non-knitter, that's practice knitting) to knitting it full-out. I can't wait to see what this yarn does for me!
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