Each week, I lead a knitting group for kidsâ€”so I brought the book with me to get the reaction of the kids in the group. As Heather (whoâ€™s 14) flipped through it, I watched her eyes light up. Sure, there were some projects that she didnâ€™t really likeâ€”but, for the most part, she liked it. Most of the projects, she pointed out, wouldnâ€™t take foreverâ€”which is a bonus for teen knitters, who tend to like quick projects that give them almost-instant gratification. She loved the scarf. She loved the beaded projects. And although she once had a bad experience with a poncho, she told me that she might even give the poncho in this book a shot.
I’m curious to know how one can have a bad experience with a poncho, myself!
Back to the iris yarn — with something like that, I’d want to knit it in a really big openwork pattern to maximize the effect. How pretty would that be? Speaking of new yarn, I’ve got lots of purple-and-green hand-dyed on the way in multiple textures (some boucle, some plain wool, etc). I’ve got an idea for a “garden”-y cardigan. I also cashed in some yarn gift certificates for grey Cascade 220, on its way to becoming Forecast. I don’t knit other people’s patterns much anymore, but I can’t quite resist it. Stefanie, you irresistable designer, you. (Rogue-with-tree variant) and Clapotis will have to wait for now. There, those are my top 3.
I’ve also been sketching the heck out of a self-designed super-complex-cabled Aran, and I’m ready to move to the next step which will be annoying, but necessary: building a set of charts for each cable in their order used. I’ll laminate the pages and mark rows off as I go along with wipe-away marker so I always know where I’m at! (Photos to come when I get that done…I think it’s the only sensible way to go about it short of printing multiple copies of each cable chart and setting them up in a page-by-page format that I can mark off permanently. Although, that’s not a bad idea either…it’ll just have more pages! Decisions, decisions…)