Monday, August 16, 2010

Swatching for Fall

I just dropped off the boy for his first day of high school.  I can't believe it's already here, but we've made it through the flurry of buying new school clothes and a hair cut, organizing the backpack with supplies, putting together school lunches, etc.  I wasn't really ready for summer vacation to end, but I'm proud of him and I look forward to the new adventures having him in high school will bring.

Even though it is supposed to be 100+ degrees today here in Northern California, the beginning of the school year makes me think of Fall and of sweater knitting.  I just checked my Ravelry notebook and found that I have 80 cardigans and 34 pullovers in my Favorites file  . . . so much yarn, so little time!
But three patterns in particular are rising to the top of my "most wanting to cast on right now" list, so I've pulled them out and started swatching:

1)  I'm excited about knitting something out of my new Quince and Co. yarn.  Here is a swatch of their Osprey yarn in Storm and the sweater it will probably become.

As soon as I found out that I won the yarn, I knew I wanted to knit a sweater designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  I've been trying to rein in the urge to purchase patterns, but around the time that I won the Quince and Co. drawing, someone on Ravelry offered to buy some of my stashed yarn.  I jumped at the chance (thanks Zonda!) and used the extra money to make a guilt-free purchase of a new pattern book:  New England Knits (click on the Rav link to see all of the patterns in the book) by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre.  This "Augusta" cabled cardigan with a nice sleeve detail looks like something I would enjoy knitting and get a lot of use out of.

2)  As I browsed further through the book, this Derry raglan was the sweater I most wanted to knit, but the Osprey yarn in solid grey just wasn't right:

Again, it looks like a very wearable sweater, as well as an enjoyable knit.  I think a big swath of stockinette stitch in worsted yarn sounds good before getting into my next sock adventure.  It's the tweediness of the yarn in the picture that I find appealing.  So I scavenged this Kathmandu Aran from an unfinished project and the gauge is perfect.  Now I just have to finish frogging the other project to see if I have enough yarn.

3)  Last but not least, here is a sweater that I have been wanting to knit since I bought the pattern at Webster's last October:

And I think I finally have the right yarn for this Night & Day cardigan from Tahki Stacy Charles.  I found this "Sublime" cashmere blend on sale when I was visiting family in New Jersey this summer.  I actually brought this pattern and yarn with me on our most recent vacation, but it never came out of the suitcase.  We are getting back into a routine now, which I hope will create a little more knitting time.


  1. You picked some really nice sweaters! I especially like the first to check that one out ;)

  2. wow, all really gorgeous sweater. I think I've totally fallen in love with New England Knits. Argh! I don't need another knitting book! :)