…I am also addicted to books and magazines.
Here’s a few new things that came to live at my house:
Fit to Flatter by Amy Herzog is all about knitting garments that suit your particular body type. First, though, you have to be brave enough to photograph yourself and determine what your body type really is.
I’m not sure I’ve reached that level of bravery yet. But when I do, y’all will be first to know!
The book has a ton of fantastic patterns for cardigans, pullovers…even a skirt! (Are any of you brave enough to knit a skirt? Me…not so much. I just can’t help but think of how many increases it would take to accommodate my hind end. Also, I hardly ever wear skirts. Go figure.) I am particularly fond of the Striper Cardigan (anything with a V-neck is gonna catch my eye, plus it has some colorwork) and the Squared Cardigan. The Classic Pullover with its beautiful cables is also quite nice. I’m not sure I know anyone who could afford to knit a sweater out of Bijou Bliss. (For me, that’d be 9 skeins, so about $225. Phew!) Nor do I think I’d be able to wear a half-yak pullover anywhere but outside in 30-degree weather without having a (literal) meltdown. (Dudes, yak is warm.) But hey, we’re all yarn substitution pros around here, right? It’d look great in a semi-solid or solid-color handspun, I bet. In fact, a lot of the patterns in this book would look lovely in handspun.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits from Interweave also has a boatload of fun patterns, as well as a handful of articles talking about all the knitting in the books (and movies). I love seeing super-creative ideas, like the E.L.F. Cap (one hat made to look like several stacked upon one another) and the Forbidden Forest Scarf (many scarves, connected together into one…wouldn’t it be cool in a rainbow of handspun?). I find Ginny’s Cardigan quite lovely, as well as the LeStrange Cloak (and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to embrace their inner Bellatrix from time to time). Will I make any of the things in this issue? Well, if you’d asked me that about the Jane Austen series, I’d have said Of Course!, but I’ve not cast on any of those projects yet either. Still, like Dumbledore, I have a fondness for knitting patterns…
Finally, I subscribed to the first year of the new spinning rag, Ply Magazine. My first thoughts on receiving it were, “Wow, this is perfect-bound! And the paper has such lovely weight in the hand.” (Well, I do work as a magazine editor, after all.) My second thoughts were, “This. This is the spinning magazine I wish I had launched myself.” I’ve skimmed through the whole thing, and am now back at the beginning, reading it page by page. It’s a fine publication, with patterns, techniques, woolly bits and technical information, and if this first issue is any indication of what’s to come, it will be more than worth the cost of subscribing.
Let’s see. Since it’s Friday, I also decided to go ahead and shut down the Wensleydale Project Poll. It was a close one, but the winner is…..
Not So Seaworthy! I spun this yarn from 8 ounces of Wensleydale from Spunky Eclectic. I love the colors very much, and have landed on a pattern that’s kind of a cross between a wrap and a vest called Roberta’s Wrap. It’s a seamless knit with lots of texture created via dropped stitches. The original is knit up in linen, but I think the Wenny might fit it well. (And if it doesn’t, it’s not like I can’t change my mind.)
So I’ll be casting on for that this weekend, as well as a new pair of handspun socks. The second one of these…
…is done. The next pair is going to be knit up from this yarn:
This time I’m going toe-up, which always feels backwards to me, but I want to maximize my yarnage or yardage or whatever.
And yes, I did gather all of my handspun socks together to report on how they’re wearing over time…
…but that’s gonna have to wait ’til next time. Have a great weekend, friends!