Obsessed: Gneiss

I love pattern releases so I’ve been eagerly anticipating seeing the latest patterns in the fall 2017 issue of Amirisu. They were finally uploaded yesterday and there is one pattern in particular that I’m completely obsessed with.

Gneiss image via Ravelry
Gneiss image via Ravelry

Meet Gneiss. It’s dk weight (Hello, Miss Babs stash!), suggests highly contrasting yarn (my specialty) and can be a color explosion. These all scream DWJ. The only thing that made me pause was that it has intarsia. Well, I’m so in love with it I started watching YouTube videos with intarsia and I’m determined to tackle this one. I’ve been hesitant to really deal with colorwork but I want this sweater, so it must be done. I’m also taking a two color brioche class starting next week because I have got to make this vest for my sisters!

So my obsession leads me to learn. What is something you’re trying to learn with your knitting?

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Stitching Status: Color Inspiration

I’ve talked about my love of color here extensively but what I haven’t talked about is my fear of colorwork. Stranded, fair isle, intarsia…it’s all greek to me but as I see more and more colorful patterns I love I am realizing I need to get over my fears and get to learning!

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Left image via Vogue.com and Right image via Ravelry.com

On the left is a lovely knit suit from the Prada Fall 2017 Ready to Wear Collection. I saw another version of it in one of the September issues and it made me remember the Ravelry pattern on the right. The Shuffle Kimono and the Sunset Sails Jacket are both free patterns from Rowan that fill my color loving heart with joy and my knitting hands with fear. But this is my ultimate knit that will take some time to work up to but I’ve promised myself it will get knit.

Do any of you have knitting fears? Or projects you’re waiting until you’ve perfected a technique?

Winter is Coming, Knit Faster

I don’t know if any of you watch Game of Thrones. I do and I love me some Jon Snow! So of course when I saw this yarn bowl I fell in love. Fortunately for me I already have a gorgeous green ceramic yarn bowl but if I ever need a second this one is on my list.

Winter is Coming, Knit Faster
Image via Lennymud.com

Between studying for the GRE (I swear as my math gets better my verbal gets worse – say a prayer for me please), watching the Democratic National Convention speeches and mindless knitting of the body of my custom knit – nothing exciting is happening in my world. So here’s a picture of Cher.
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Most nights she’s perched underneath my chair while I study, staying as close to me as she possibly can. Last night she didn’t care to go up and down the stairs behind me and stood paused like this for a bit waiting to see if I was going to come back up or stay down. LOL I love that little dog. Hopefully more updates on knitting progress on Friday!