Speaking of knitting, I have a couple of projects that I’ve started over the last couple of weeks. The first is the Monkey socks from Knitty, which I think I’ve mentioned before. I’m using Koigu and they’re turning out lovely. The colorway is much different knitted up than what it looks like in the skein. There’s a wide stripe of dark turquoise running through the socks that I wasn’t expecting. I’m really liking the way they’re turning out. They are worked cuff-down, and I’m past the heel, so I have about 1/3 of the first sock left to finish.
Another thing I’ve started is a sleeveless cardigan of my own design. Almost 3 years ago I bought a shit load of sport weight heather grey alpaca from the alpaca market in Estes Park. I’ve been trying to find a sweater pattern for it, but I haven’t run across anything suitable. I’ve heard that alpaca is super-warm; so warm that making a pullover would mean never wearing it because of danger that I’d overheat, particularly in my poorly-climate-controlled office. I had the idea of making a vest or sleeveless cardigan, but again, I couldn’t find a suitable pattern. I really wanted something simple, as alpaca is supposedly bad for cables. I finally decided that I would design something myself. Then, I found this sweater in an Eddie Bauer catalog that I think will be perfect. Just imagine it without sleeves. The body will be a medium heather grey and the ribbed button band, neck band, and the ribbed section around the waist will be dark heather grey. The hem will be a turned and seamed hem. I am designing it with only about 2-3 inches of ease, as I want it to be close-fitting, but not so tight that I can’t fit a long-sleeve shirt underneath. I also want it to fit even if I lose some weight. I will add waist-shaping too. I’m pretty excited about it, but I have this fear that what I see in my mind’s eye will not be at all what comes off the needles. That’s why I’m doing something so simple. I’m still new to sweater construction. I really like the idea of designing my own patterns, but I still have a lot to learn before I’m really comfortable with the designing process.
The other project I am working on is a secret. It’s a small thing for my SP so I can’t talk about it or post pictures until after this SP round is over at the end of April. It’s really cool, though.