Sunday, July 13, 2008

Knitting Lace, Dreaming of Sweaters

It's July, which in our neck of the woods can mean hot, sunny days and rainy, stormy evenings. I have made some good progress on my Juno Regina which leads me to believe that lace might be ideal for summer knitting. It is light and airy. It is knit in silk, which is fine to knit when the temperatures go up and the idea of wool makes your skin crawl.

I have had to focus on this project for the last few days as I realized that my pace would not get me to the finish line by July 27, when the Tour will enter Paris. Ah, Paris. Let us take a moment to close our eyes and imagine ourselves wearing a scarf and sipping cafe next to the market where we will buy baguettes, brie and wine for our dinner. Sigh.

So I am knitting lace but I've been thinking sweaters. I think it was brought on by a local yarn sale last weekend and it has persisted. I'd like to knit my Dude the Cobblestone sweater (I might be the only person on Ravelry who hasn't made one yet). I picked up this Cascade 220 just for him.

I have been toying with the idea of Bountiful Bohus from More Big Girl Knits. It involves both colourwork and steeking (insert screeching sound from Psycho) and it scares me a little. The recommended yarn is Cascade, which I decided to use since it's my first steek and I really want it to work out.

Several Stitch and Bitchers confirmed my colour choices.(Chocolate Brown with lime green and sky blue) I think I'm going to love this sweater if I ever get the nerve to start.

And finally, I think I'd like to make a Drive Thru for the Princess. The pullover edition does not involve steeking, so that is the one I'll make. I have 2 skeins of Cotton Fleece in pink that I picked up in Toronto but this, of course, is not enough. Fortunately for me, I found someone on Ravelry (hi, Tansy!) who has some to trade and I happen to have more sock yarn than is probably good for me. I think I'll be swapping more often. It's cost effective and guilt free.

So I guess the question is which sweater to knit first? Or will something else distract me from sweaters in the near future?


andi said...

Ooh, so many sweaters, so little time. I vote for the Drive Thru first. But only because I want to see how it turns out before I make mine. I'm selfish like that. :)

T. said...

I also vote for Drive Thru b/c it'll be so darned cute.

Amanda said...

Your gorgeous Juno makes me want to drop everything and start one for myself at once!

Anonymous said...

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catknip said...

what's steeking?

Metta said...

I think you should start with the Drive Thru. I would love to see it on the Princess.

Your Juno is gorgeous and the lace pattern is coming out very nicely.