January 17, 2015

January WIP

January is typically one of my busiest months work-wise.  I bring work home at night and there is very little knitting time.  But I would like to show you what I started knitting.

A pattern that has been in my queue for some time is the Joji Locatelli sweater called Japan Sleeves.  I thought I would start the pattern this month, originally thinking that all those rows of striped knitting would be easy for me when my brain is so engaged with work.  But much to my surprise after reading the pattern, I realized that I had to do the sleeve lace inserts first, repeating the lace chart about eight times! Not exactly t.v. watching.  So I decided that every morning when I have my coffee I would knit a few rows.  It is growing very slowly and by this rate I may have the sweater done by December!  Anyway this is the yarn I chose:  Madelinetosh Merino Light in Teddy Bear and Molly Ringwald, a beautiful pale pink.  I thought it would be a pretty sweater for spring.  Now the question is will it be spring of 2015 or 2016?

Japan Sleeves

The other piece I am working on is my second Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart in Tosh Merino Light called Coquette.  I don't usually knit with pink and so I looked at many yarn lines to see what they had to offer.  Coquette, was by far, the prettiest pink I came across.  The slight variation in shades of pink made such a lovely skein of yarn.  This is going to be a special gift for someone's birthday.  The pattern is laid out in a unique way and on the side of the pattern the designer has written what percentage you have completed which motivates me in some way.  I think I can get it done in time, as it is an easy pattern to follow.

Tosh Merino Light in Coquette

Look what came in the mail for me from an Etsy sale held by Tanis Fiber Arts. This is her Orange Label Yarn, a soft blend of merino, silk and cashmere.  It is one of those yarns where you spend more time squishing it then knitting with it. The colourway is called Painted Jeans and is hard to capture on camera...a mix of blue, purple brown and grey.  I don't know what I will do with this yet.  Any suggestions?


Tanis Fiber Arts Orange Label

Oh well, back to my work.  I hope everyone has more time for crafting than I do at the moment.

11 comments:

  1. I think you have a future as "yarn stylist / selector" Christine! You always manage to find the perfect yarn for a project. What an eye! Cannot wait to see the finish sweater. Hope the busy season ends soon. xoxo

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  2. Now that's a job I would love...how do I get one of those? Ha! Ha! Thanks Monica. You are too kind!

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  3. You have chosen some gorgeous colors for your projects. Wishing you much crafty/knitty time soon!

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  4. oooh, gorgeous colours, and you won't regret that painted Jeans TFA, it's going to knit up beautifully. I love that Japan Sleeves pullover design! I hope to knit it one day, myself.

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  5. Julie you will probably start and finish your Japan Sleeves before I ever do at the rate I am going! I may start knitting with the Painted Jeans on the weekend....I can't wait...it's so lovely.

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  6. oh that is the most perfect shade of pink!! can't wait to see what comes of it !

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    1. I am excited to see it finished! Hopefully before too long I can focus on knitting it!

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  7. I can't wait I see your Japan Sleeves knit up! I love that design. TanisFiberArts seems like an elusive, rare yarn to get a hold of. I adore the colorway you have.

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    1. I decided to use the TFA yarn to make Olivia by Amy Miller and it is knitting up even prettier than I thought. You never know with variegated yarn!

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