Speaking of scarves…

I do have some in progress already, though looking at them all in one place, it occurs to me that I might want to think about knitting something in a color. Or at least a different shade of grey. Or not. Whichever.

1. The porcupine stitch scarf (first blogged here) continues apace.

2. Likewise, the ombre scarf I first mentioned here continues to grow slowly. I tend to carry around with me and do a couple of rows when I have a chance. It kind of looks like a crumpled mess from being, well, crumpled up so much, but it’ll block out beautifully.

3. And I started a Calais shawl with some fingering-weight merino I’ve had around for ages. I bought it coned and never really knew how much I had, but the nice thing about this pattern is that I can keep going on that last section until I run out of yarn.

Fall knitting

It’s getting to that point in the summer where the end to all of the wretched heat is in sight. There’s a noticeable shortening of the days. The angle of light is shifting. The breeze coming through the windows in the morning is almost cool. I’m starting to crave things like meatballs and roasted squash again. And my knitting mojo is starting to come back. I do like the process of knitting, but mostly I try to think about it in terms of adding things to my wardrobe, rather than what would be the funnest projects to work on. With that in mind, these are a few projects I’m considering casting on over the coming weeks.

I would really like to make a Still Light tunic, but I’m not sure I have time to knit something that big in fingering-weight yarn. Still, it’s awfully pretty, most of the knitting looks pretty mindless, and I’d wear it a lot.

I also really like the Ethel Mildred Ferguson sweater, which has some interesting cables. It might be too warm to wear very often though though, especially since it’s so close-fitting. I might lengthen it a bit and add a turtleneck if I make it. That kind of high crewneck isn’t very flattering on me.

Cardigans tend to be a lot more practical for the overheated/underheated apartment and office where I spend most of my time though. I really like Vitamin D.

And Perry.

Slow Line doesn’t look like much in the pattern photos, but some of the other project photos on Ravelry are pretty great. It seems like something I would wear pretty constantly.

Plus, I want to make a few new scarves and some fingerless gloves and a Gretel to replace the one I lost somewhere last year. And I’m doing some test knitting for Jenn. And and and…

It feels good to be excited about knitting again.

Stripe It Rich

I finally finished the striped sweater I’d been working on off and on for a while now. I’m still not 100% thrilled with the neckline (so won’t be writing up the pattern), but it looks fine on. Someday, when it’s not August, I’ll take a modeled picture.

After I finished, it seemed just a hair on the plain side and I decided to dress it up a little with a graphic patch on the back. I toyed with some kind of monogram in a fun font or various geometric elements, but in the end, went with an ampersand.

I used a single repeat from the chart for this hat, and am perfectly happy with how it turned out.

I really haven’t been doing much in the way of knitting otherwise this summer. A scarf cast on here, a few inches on a sweater design that may never see the light of day there. But I can feel the weather start thinking about shifting and my will to knit is beginning to bubble up again from the depths of mid-summer apathy. I can’t wait.