The Cameron Cardigan, my custom fair isle cardigan based on that beautiful painting from John Duncan, is stuck in swatch mode. I need to knit a swatch in the round, in pattern to determine my exact gauge. Perfectly fitting sweaters depend on accurate gauge and I can let this important step slide (and neither can you!).
I splurged (yet again) on some gorgeous yarn from The Woolen Rabbit, an accomplished hand-dyed yarn purveyor from New Hampshire. Grace, "a soft yet crisp 4 ply merino yarn, that knits with lovely stitch definition" comes in hand-dyed, 525-yard worsted skeins. I bought the gorgeous Forever In Blue Jeans colorway. The Woolen Rabbit will dye all your yarn at once so you get the same dye lot, so I ordered five giants skeins. Don't you wish every hand-dyer offered this much-needed service?
I'm going to use this delicious yarn to make the Wrought Iron Cardigan from Stephannie Tallent's remarkable new book, California Revival Knits. I'll be blogging about this book soon - and even giving away a copy! - so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, while I ponder these two big projects, I've been working on two smaller ones. My Color Affection Shawl is about three-quarters of the way done and I'm liking it thus far. I'm anxious to get it off the short needle so I can see what it really looks like. My plan is to wear it to a family function next weekend.
I'm also knitting a sweet Aynia, a shrug that only a beautiful little woman could wear - which is why I'm making it for my friend, Erica. This Cecily Glowik MacDonald design will be perfect for her. Oh, to wear a a 33-inch sweater! It takes no time at all to knit garments when you're tiny.
Enough blogging! I've got to go grocery shopping, ride the bike, and then go back to knitting. Happy weekend, everyone.