I’ve finished the Shelter mitts.Â Less than 1 skein for a pair!Â I’m really pleased with them.Â I need to get some good photos today, then those go off in the mail to Knitcircus for the Spring Issue. IÂ really enjoyed working with this yarn. The pattern is simpler than many I do, but the mitts have a certain rustic elegance to which I’m quite drawn.Â The main stitch pattern is from Annie Maloney’s Aran Lace — I’ve reviewed this book previously and can’t recommend it highly enough for your stitch dictionary library.
The mitts for Ennea are nearly done as well.Â The pattern’s been looked at by a tech editor, I’ve revised it, and am knitting up the second mitt.Â They’re totally different from the Shelter mitts — the yarn is an incredibly soft 2 ply fingering weight merino in a nearly solid colorway.Â The stitch pattern for these is also from Aran Lace.
It’s been nice working on a couple smaller projects.Â However, I’m also itching to start some more sweaters and vests.Â Rising to the top of the DIP queue is a cardi in Black Water Abbey sport;Â I’m planning on self publishing this one (it’ll be available through Black Water Abbey as well — hopefully in time for Madrona!) — which means I’ll be able to post more details & in-progress pics.Â I’m also thinking I’d like to do an Aran vest that buttons (rather than a pullover vest).Â I also have some ideas for a cami for Sustainable Fibers (a simple fitted cami with lace overlays) and a cami in Blue Sky Alpacas melange (same as the yarn for Sweet Cecily).
I’m still working on updating some of my old patterns.Â One thing I’ve realized regarding designing:Â there’s an endless to-do list, and it doesn’t just consist of dreaming up new designs.