Wow, thanks so much for all of your kind words about my newest design, the Daniela Cowl. If you like it, don’t forget to download it for free from ravelry before it goes up in price this Friday. I like to have this introductory period as a thank-you for all of my wonderful blog readers, so please take advantage of it!
And as for Blog Week in Review, I have some great projects to highlight for you guys. First, there’s Autumngeisha’s Summer Crush. It is a seriously bright shawl scarf thing that just looks so amazing!
And if you’re in the mood for some colorwork, there’s Remily’s Sheep Hat. I love how her natural color choices work with the sheep pattern. It looks great and I am so jealous of her colorwork skills.
There’s also Chronicles of a Fiber Engineer’s Portlander Mitts. The deep cables just scream fall and winter, and I am increasingly drawn to cable patterns as it FINALLY starts to cool down here.
Finally, we have the socks. Dona Knits has a new sample of her By the Seine River pattern, and I just love how they look. As soon as I get through all of the sock patterns I currently have to knit I will definitely take a look at this pattern. Next, Fern just finished a pair of “Happy Sunshine Socks.” These might be the brightest socks that I’ve ever seen! It’s a colorwork pattern, and she mixed some bright yellow and self-striping sunny colors. It’s just what you need to brighten up a rainy day (like today!). And if you need an inspirational intricate/takes forever/but finally finished! pattern, try Oftengrumpy’s Lissajous Socks. The twisted cables took her over a year to do (plus the self-dyed yarn). If she could finish, so can you!
Drumroll, please- it’s time for the Blog Week in Review! Yeah! We have a lot to talk about, so let’s get started.
To start off, we have Knit the Hell Out’s Lolita. It’s such a stylish knit, and the lace detail (dropped stitches, right?) really add an extra dimension to the knit. It looks like something that would work up really quickly and then work with a bunch of different outfits.
I really like My Sometimes Crafty Life’s simplest sweater. It’s a plain pullover with a little bit of lace detailing around the neck, but the best part is how obviously ecstatic she is about the FO, even though she won’t be able to wear it for a couple of months. The fit seems perfect and exactly what she wanted. And we all know that is not such an easy thing to achieve.
Autumngeisha’s Nanook is divine. I love the detailing around the collar- the stitch pattern creates such a great effect. And it looks all roomy and cozy- perfect for snuggling under during a cold winter.
And for the last of the sweaters, look no further than Kiwiyarns’s Snuggly. It look’s perfect for the southern hemisphere’s coming winter!
Nook’s new Honey Cowl looks amazing. I swear, I’ve seen a dozen different variations of the pattern, and they’ve all come out fantastic, no matter what yarn was used.
Remily Knit’s Rodekool de Kool is just…so cool! I just love how the brioche lace looks…I may have to try my hand at that technique sometime soon 😉
As always, if you’re interested in doing a Blog Week in Review, please click the Mr. Linky right above here to show it off! I know that I would love to see it, and I’m sure the rest of the blog-o-sphere would love to see what inspires you, too.
A couple of weeks ago I won a blog contest! The lovely autumngeisha was generously giving away her doubles to two items: Knitting it Old School by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan and “KnitScene” Winter 2011. Thanks to her wonderful generosity, I have two new knitting books to add to my shelf! First, I thought I would review the copy of KnitScene.
KnitScene and Knitting it Old School
Although there are a few patterns that I really like, there’s not much in here I would knit. These, for instance. Really pretty on the page, but not quite worth my time to knit…mainly because I would probably never wear them!
I do, however, like the Francisca Hat by Amanda Scheuzger. It’s got a nice amount of slouch, and would probably make a great Christmas present…for someone. I will definitely add it to the list and keep an eye out for some suitably drapey yarn!
Can I just say, though, that what really made this mag worth it for me are the articles? First, the history geek in me rejoiced for the one about the history of Angora Bunnies. Did you know that rabbits really only native to Spain, and that their diversification is really due to traders? Plus, it comes complete with a map, which really made me happy!
And then, of course, I really loved the article on drape from Stefanie Japel. When I first started really knitting, Japel’s Fitted Knits was one of the first books that I bought, so I really trust that she knows what she is talking about. It was really informative to me, especially as a budding designer!
Stay tuned in the next couple of days for a review of Knitting it Old School, plus my progress on a little distracting project AND the Locke Cardigan.