Villane sleeves are now actually done, and yesterday I attached them to the body. Then I read the pattern and got totally intimidated. I'm supposed to do raglan increases, cabling and short rows all at the same time? I can't even COUNT! How am I supposed to be able to do this? But carry on I must. For I love this sweater and I can't wait to wear it. And it might even get done before the weather cools off. (I'm really hoping to have it done in July. We'll see.)
I have decided to turn my planned Wispy Cardi into a Lettuce Pullover (same designer, Hannah Fettig) from the Fall issue of Knitscene. Hannah is selling kits for this sweater (and some of her other designs) at her online store. Pretty awesome. Here is a picture:
Here is a refresher on the yarn I'm going to use (knitpicks shadow kettle dyed):
Also, I spent some time yesterday winding the yarn for this project:
The Travel Shawl from Veronik Avery's book Knitting 24/7. I fell in love with this shawl, and I think this is the very first time I have ever used the same yarn in the exact same color as what the designer specified. It's gorgeous. The wool is Peace Fleece from Maine (!) and is 70% merino and 30% mohair. The company has a really cool story which you can find here. Anyway, so far I love this wool. It feels a little rough, but honestly that's a bit of relief after my 100% malabrigo, soft soft soft all the time Villane experience. I like a bit of texture to my wool and this stuff feels awesome. It's kinda soft and kinda not, and feels great between my fingers. I hear that it softens A LOT after a few washings, so I'm really looking forward to seeing this shawl age.
Here are a few shots of the yarn cakes:
The color is Father's Gray and it's really gorgeous. It has tiny little flecks of green in it, which you may be able to see in the photo below.
A side note: this post is taking much longer than usual due to circumstances beyond my control. Said circumstance is that it is currently raining rather hard in my bathroom. Right over my toilet. Which means that I have to use an umbrella to go to the bathroom.
The plumbing emergency just got worse... I'll be back tomorrow.