2018 is wide open. I have some yarn left from summer TNNA that I need to do up a design with, a couple designs in process, a third party design that’s coming along (and a third party design, the Sionann Cardi, that already came out the first week of January) and a little bit of designer stash yarn that was given to me with no specific plans that I’d like to use, but other than that, it’s open.

Writing it all out like that makes it sound NOT very open, but truly, it is! That means I have room to plan at least one collection for this year (and maybe get started on another).

Here’s some details on the designs that are in the works right now:

  • Simple but pretty beanie to show off the yarn in Mrs Crosby Duo Capre (testing already completed)
  • Gradient shawl with Knitcircus yarn: just at the swatching stage
  • Simple stranded fingerless mitts using one of my favorite geometric stitch patterns from Alterknit in Koigu (sample in progress)
  • Over-the-top crescent shawl in Elemental Affects Cormo (pic above, sample knit by Patty). Also planned is a stole version, and maybe a fingering weight version.

I’ll be starting testing for the Koigu mitts and the Cormo crescent soon — keep an eye on the Ravelry group.

I’ve been brainstorming two collections. The first is Beachwalk, with designs inspired, by, um, the California coast. No huge surprise there! Tentatively the collection will include a textured pullover, a cardi, a hat, fingerless mitts, and a shawl or stole.

The second collection, that I’ll be working on closer to the end of the year, is based around one of my favorite National Parks, Yosemite. I’ll be going to Yosemite in March for a veterinary continuing education program, so will be getting some good inspiration photos. That particular collection will be cables all the way, and will include a cardi, a vest, a shawl, full mitts, and a hat.