The biggest knitting news is that Dottie (dottie2 on Rav) and I have started a new knitalong called More * More. This cryptic name hopefully avoids any legal proceedings that might be visited on us by the knitwear-designer's-name-who-may-not-be-mentioned. (I should make fancier graphics for the group, but I just don't have time.)
The group focuses on more advanced garments such as those designed by Alice Starmore, but any designer’s pattern is welcome. While we’ll be dealing with fit issues (ample girls always welcome), the primary objective is to offer a support group for more advanced knitters who want to finally make that dream sweater they haven’t had the time, endurance, and fortitude to complete.
While it will primarily be an online Ravelry group, we’re also going to have face-to-face meetups regularly. Our first event will be:
Saturday, April 21
11 AM to 2 PM
Roy Rogers Meeting Room
301 Ballenger Center Drive
Frederick, MD 21703
We hope you’ll join us! Bring your project and come hang out, each lunch, and talk shop. It will be a blast.
Those of us whom have already signed up are now planning what to make. For years, Dottie has longed to make St. Brigid and now she gets her chance. She's Cascade 220; naturally, her project's name is Brigid Pink.
My plan is to make a cardigan that uses a design like Ann Feitelson's Fridarey. During my recent dark days, I worked on genetic genealogy using recent DNA test results my father received. We discovered, much to our surprise, that we are Scottish, so creating a beautiful highland cardigan is exactly what I have in mind. I like the motif in this particular sweater which reminds me of the Ohio Star quilt square; my father is from the Buckeye State, so this is a nice tie-in, too.
I want meet the challenge of selecting and ordering colors for a unique and beautiful fair isle head on. To prepare, I read Ann Feitelson's classic "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting" which includes a spectacular chapter about color theory and about how colors work together in effective fair isle design. Properly educated, I used the lovely painting as my guide and I pulled out ten different colors in two hue ranges. I'm using Jamieson's DK, a 100% shetland wool since I couldn't bear the idea of knitting this in fingering weight. It's going to take forever as it is.
Next step: work up the chart and start playing with the colors. I've got a couple of new knitting software packages I can use; if I don't like them, I can go back to Excel which I've worked with to design fair isle previously. I'll post my chart when I'm finished.
Meanwhile, I'm working on a quick crochet sweater while I wait for the yarn to get here. Crochet goes so quickly! This lacy pullover (? - haven't completely decided yet) is based on Cather by Mary Beth Temple. I'm using the same stitch pattern but with a smaller needle and thicker yarn. I wanted more lace and smaller holes, plus I'm going to make mine with as a modified drop shoulder and probably tunic length.
That's the latest, girls. I hope you're doing well and are knitting away. No matter what goes wrong in life, we still have our knitting - or most of us do anyway. My Rav friend Linda broke her hand in a gazillion pieces and is in a cast for the next six months. Poor thing! I'd be knitting with my toes, I swear it. Get well soon, Linda!