I'm pretty excited to say that I have not one, but two, new projects on the needles! I got inspired last week, after visiting the "Not-Renegade" Nevada City Craft Fair on the coolest day of summer, to start thinking ahead towards fall.
First, I stumbled upon this cute pattern from Through the Loops, thanks to some enabling from a friend's recent post. Then, the very next day, with such a lovely design in mind, I stopped by a sale at one of my two LYS, and found this lovely yarn, Fibre-Isle Kami Bison,a combo of bamboo, merino and bison that was both super-shiny and lushly soft. A match made in heaven, at least so far.
I have made good progress on the easy lace pattern, greatly enjoying it and am looking forward to the two neutrals working together in garter stripe, but was forced to take a short break because I started getting some severe cramps in my upper back!
I couldn't pinpoint any direct causes (besides stress!), and wouldn't admit to knitting being a problem. I did get a wonderful, healing massage from my neighbor Mary Lou, and she recommended that I watch my physical activities for not holding cramping positions too long. Since the pain came about at the same time that I got sucked into new project #2, I switched gears for the past several days and started a fall garment.
This pattern will probably look familiar to at least one reader, as Shalom has been making the Ravelry rounds (something like 4,000 projects!). Jasmine, a former co-worker came in to ask my help while I was working a shift last week at the other LYS, and I agreed to help her alter the pattern to fit her tighter gauge on a heavy worsted yarn instead of a bulky... oh, and the pattern was only written for size 32 long!
Re-writing a pattern is a fun activity, and I used to write my own for items I wanted to make... and I also had enough Berocco Touche marinating in my own stash to knit while recalculating. It helps speed the whole process up to be able to cruise through all the versions that have been made and read other peoples' mods while making my own. I really, really like this yarn... a blend of cotton and rayon that has enough support to make up for the usually-droopy effects of cotton in yarns. It is going along well, and I am waiting until done with the body to decide if I am adding 3/4 sleeves or leaving as a sleeveless cardi.
I have even felt inspired enough by the use of calculator, pencil and pattern to look through Jean Frost's Jackets book and consider making a Chanel jacket... and this could be the yarn for someone like me, with a sensitivity to wearing wool against those more tender portions of my skin. I will need to see the colors in person, especially if I decide to go with a two-color tweed, but a certain part of me wants to try Clementine and Strawberry together... must be that nip of fall in the air! How about you? Moved by fall yet?