My goodness I am up to my eyeballs in business “stuff,” but I swear I have been knitting. Week before last, I started Loppem, a Norah Gaughan pattern available in the Berroco Vol. 3 pattern book. I decided on the Kathamdu Aran tweed because I had already knit with Vintage Wool, which is what I would normally recommend for the pattern. It is done and has been drying on my bathroom floor for days. I swear the dogs have run across it at least ten times, no matter how much I try to stop them. I had no idea that it could take this long for something to dry. I desperately want to post a photo but its just not that cute on my bathroom floor. I shall wait for a modeled shot after it has dried.
I am also knitting from this incredibly expensive and hard to find book:
There is some serious brilliance to this book (thus, the price). Nothing like an entire collection of vintage patterns reworked for modern times. I decided to do something crazy and knit this sweater:
but in ORANGE yarn. Well, more of a rust color. I have never owned anything this color, so I am very excited! I have the front finished and half of the sash. I am plugging away at the back. Luckily, it is lots of boring stockinette stitch, which I need these days. Mindless endless movement of the fingers. I am using one of our newest additions to the shop: Blue Sky Alpacas skinny dyed cotton. It is amazing! I pretty much hate cotton, as we know, but this stuff is wonderful to work with. I am pretty certain that no amount of effort will get it to pill. The sweater is worked on US#8 needles and it isn’t nearly as transparent as the photo would show. (they used a sport or fingering yarn for the sample). I love it! photos soon…
What I REALLY want to make from the book is this:
How awesome are those things?! Yes, you are seeing legs on that number…it has LEGS!