Spring has finally come to the Pacific Northwest. Cherry trees are blooming, our daffodils are in flower, and yesterday it was a whopping 70 degrees. Everyone's cheerful and the world seems a better and brighter place.
I'm making progress on my Moonbeam sweater, which is something I'm knitting in a linen blend for warmer weather. It's an easy pattern, with the exception of the decreases on the front, where the directions annoyingly say to continue with the right side, reversing shaping. Since I'm not one who excels at spatial relations, I had to think a bit on this part. There was a lot to do at the neck, what with eyelets and decreases at the neck and armhole in a particular way in rib, but the rest is smooth sailing. Garments in ribbing always look so small when you're making them. You think, there's no way this is going to fit, and then it does.
(sorry for the unspiring photo)
I've also started a shawl. I've found that a great use for handspun is to use it in a striped pattern along with a commercial yarn. The commercial yarn makes up for the characteristics lacking in the handspun and gives the whole a more polished look. For example, in my project, I'm using Romney handspun with a wool/alpaca blend, which softens the fabric and gives it the weight and drape that my springy handspun lacks. I love working with natural colored handspun, but I don't like the variegation that you see on many handspun garments due to variations in color in the fleece. Although I don't like variegation, I love stripes of any sort, so the whole thing works for me. But let me show you the project!
It's the Dream Stripes shawl, a free pattern by L'ile aux Fils found here. I'm using Isager Wool/Alpaca in cream as my commercial yarn, and the grey Romney. Even though the Romney is a heavier yarn than the alpaca, I think it'll work. I'm really liking knitting this, and these stripes are addictive.
a look. She's done a beautiful collection of warm weather patterns in cottons and linens, with a bit of Kidsilk Haze thrown in for good measure. The garments and styling are in jewel tones, which isn't my color palette, but she's done a number of seasons in neutrals so I do like the variety. The designs look quite fancy at first, but I think that's just the styling. A closer look reveals that most of these would look just fine with jeans--and for me, if I can't pair it with jeans, it probably won't get worn. Here are a few of my favorites that would look good casually styled.
Lose the sequined mini, and this would be totally wearable for everyday.
A cute cardi in All Seasons Cotton.
These two are named Hot and Spice. Simple and wearable to me. In cool neutrals, I could see them in her collection Misty.
This one is more fancy in Fine Lace/Kidsilk Haze, but so cute! And it would be done in a jiffy.
So there are more than a few that I like from this book. Some of the others have too-deep necklines for my body type, but there are lots of others that would suit me. All in all, another fine collection by Kim Hargreaves.