First off, the pattern for Two-Step and Tango is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop.
So what do I have on the needles now?
It’s still lace, but it is not a shawl or scarf. I’m knitting a lace sweater for a change. I’m using Hand Maiden Swiss Silk (a 100% silk fingering weight) in the “Cedar” colorway, and I’m knitting on a U.S. size 6 (4 mm) needle.
This will be a loose-fitting top with drop shoulders and long sleeves, designed to be worn over a sleeveless dress or cami. I’m planning on doing a v-neck, and a three-needle bind-off for the shoulders. The sleeves will be knit from the bottom up and I’ll pick up stitches along the edge of the body and do a three-needle bind-off to attach the sleeves as well.
This is a very soft yarn, and the sweater will definitely benefit from the structure and strength that the bound-off seams will give. It is a lovely yarn to knit as well.
I got my yarn for my second Camp Loopy project today — see?
This is Madelinetosh DK in the “Kelp” colorway. The challenge is to knit socks or mittens or gloves with cables. I will be knitting cabled mittens, but we can’t start until July 15. I won’t be done with the sweater by then, but the mittens will make nice commuter knitting for a while.
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for copies of my upcoming book. I invoked the Random Number Generator and it selected Sally (aka angoraspinner) and Lisa from W Mass to receive the books. I’ve emailed you both.
Speaking of my upcoming book, it will be coming out in e-book format at the same time as the print version and should be available for all devices and at all e-tailers.
Last week I was given the opportunity to try out a knitting-related iPhone/iPad app — Yarn U. This is a database of yarns (there are over 170 yarns in the database with more being added). There are descriptions and detailed reviews for each of the yarns, lots of lovely full-color photos, links to yarn websites, purchasing options, videos, and patterns, and many user comments.
Lots of good information for the knitter who is looking for a yarn for a project and would like some detailed inf0rmation and opinions about the different yarns he/she is considering.
“When are we gonna block again, Momma? I’m ready!”