Most recently, I finished my Ravel!@#$%^ Pullover for the quadrennial knitting competition. This sweater stopped all my presses until I'd reached the finish line (mixing metaphors much?!) I'll be doing lessons learned on this sweater soon; just need to get some 360-degree photos first.
Prior to finishing my gold-medal creation (I'm so proud to be an official Rathlete), I was working on my Graceful aka Trio Cardigan which I've now picked up again. I just need to knit the second sleeve and a neckline edging (I'm skipping the collar prescribed by the pattern) and this will project be finis.
Meanwhile, as I announced yesterday, Deb Gemmell and Robin Hunter kicked off their KAL for their "Need a Plus Cardigan?" book. I started test knitting this red wool sweater for Deb earlier this year; now I'm going to finish it. Given where I am in the process, I'm leaning towards making the Lace Frock Vest, unless I get ambitious and knit the sleeves. Either way, I love the garment and I think lots of other women will, too.
And last but not least, I am completely infatuated with Julia Farwell-Clay's new Hiro Cardigan. Maybe it's my graphic design background (I'm a branding and web designer in my real life), but I love the pixelated way the colors transition from the sweater to the yoke. I particularly appreciate Julia not only for her true creativity but also her commitment to provide her designs in larger sizes. The Hiro, for example, comes in sizes up to 60 inches (God bless her).
I thought I'd nailed the colors for my Hiro when I bought my yarn on sale from Webs. My plan was to use Cascade Pastaza in burgundy, pink, and green. But after two dismal swatching attempts - awful!!! - I almost gave up.
After significant thought, I decided instead to use the narrower-gauged, wine-colored Ultra Alpaca in my stash plus some similar shades to make a gradient that moves smoothly from burgundy to pink. I'm still waiting for the extra skeins to come in so I don't have a swatch yet, but I created a mockup that shows my plan. I think this will work well (goodness, I hope so). I will share the swatch when I've finished, of course.
I'm leaving soon for a week in Maine and will have extra time to knit - I obviously need it! The best news is that I'll have lots of new wardrobe options when the weather cools down. I'm sad to see the summer go, but new sweaters give me a lot to look forward to.