I haven't been sewing, blogging, nor reading blogs much lately: the time demands of work have ruled most of that out for the present. I do, however, continue to knit. I look forward at the end of the day to holding the needles and fiber in my lap and zoning out: making my mind a blank and conjuring some mental and physical rest.
I knit this shawl some time back. I wanted a nice shawl to take to Europe in May, and I opened up my purse and bought some really nice yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, a luxurious laceweight blend of mohair and silk, and I knitted it together throughout this shawl with a strand of Plymouth Happy Feet, a merino and nylon fingering weight yarn, to give it substance. The results are like wearing a cloud.
It drapes beautifully, although it also sheds like a beast. I'll carry one of those sticky lint rollers when I wear it if I have to. Actually my solution is to wear all grey with it and not worry about the loose fibers. The pattern is Granny Smith, a free pattern on Ravelry.
More recently, I've been knitting this top-down raglan cardigan. I had a hankering for a classic sweater, maybe with pearl buttons, that I could wear to work.
After looking through a bunch of patterns on line, I remembered that I had this old pattern book from the 70s that has basic raglan recipes for various weights of yarn. It's amazing how these basic resources continue to come in handy.
I had this "vacation yarn" that I brought back from Florence. I went to Europe determined to bring back some yarn, and on line I found reference to a wonderful yarn shop a couple of blocks from the city center, Campolmi Roberto Filati. The shop doubles as a warehouse, and it was full of beautiful yarns. The only problem was that I got there 10 minutes before they closed for lunch. Though the ladies who work there told me to take my time, I didn't want to hang them up too long. I quickly grabbed a sweater's worth of merino wool from the clearance bin for my cardigan. I love this pale aqua color.
I also brought home some balls of novelty yarn for weaving.
Citron or Futur Simple or Riverrun will show it off nicely.