So here I was, humming along with the last of my winter knitting, when the weather performed Sudden Death. It is suddenly really warm*. It’s not meant to be warm at this time of year. It’s still meant to be cold, and yet, I find myself reaching for cotton and skirts, and scratching in my wardrobe, looking for non-existent summer cardigans…
*I know this phrase is relative. But I do think it has been much warmer than usual for September in NZ.
Where are all my summer weight things? Sadly, I wore out my favourite summer top last season, and all the others are let’s say, a little dated (it’s embarrassing to say how long ago I bought them – they feature cropped lengths that I no longer find comfortable).
So… time to get out the lace weight/fingering weight yarns and search for a pretty new cardigan and summer sweater to wear this summer. When faced with this predicament, I find it’s often easier to search through my hard copy issues of magazines (do I hear a gasp from the “e-philes” among you!?? hehe). Ravelry just did not bring up what I was looking for, even though I refined my search terms down to specifics. Besides, it’s fun to sit in comfort and browse at leisure, something I cannot do sitting in front a screen.
I spent a day of looking and researching. This is where Ravelry does become useful – I have a look at how others have knitted the pattern and whether it looks good on the same body shape as mine. And I have hit upon a list that is rather long, and I know I won’t get to knit them all, but they’re all so nice it’s hard to choose!
First up, the lace cardigan from the Noro Knitting Magazine:
Image courtesy of Noro Magazine
It looks easy enough. In summer, lace is good. It’s also a relatively economical knit, needing just four balls of the Noro Taiyo Sock. I don’t know if I’ll use Taiyo, but something like Noro’s Silk Garden Sock or Kureyon Sock is sounding good at this stage. Having said that, I’ve just had an exciting alternative idea, but I won’t share just yet… I need to swatch to see if it will work first.
Next up, the Prudence Pullover from the Fall 2012 issue of Knitscene is looking nice. It looks like something I would wear, minus the bobbles. I have a lovely soft grey sportweight yarn in my stash that would go perfectly with this.
I have until now, rejected the idea of wearing tunic-style tops. However, the Counterpane Blouse from the Summer 2010 issue of Interweave is very appealing. It’s nice and long and floaty… it would go well over a cotton tee. I’m not sure of which yarn to use though. Need to do more thinking around this one!
Interweave’s Spring 2009 issue has long haunted my wishlist dreams. This issue is chock full of lovely designs! Time to finally knit myself a Diminishing Rib Cardigan me thinks! It will double well as workwear. There is a nice black crepe yarn in my stash that I think will suit this pattern. The Parker Cardigan is also a potential, as is the Millefiori Cardigan. Actually, having seen how flattering Millefiori is for so many people, I suspect it will go on to my ‘must knit’ list! The Whisper Cardi is another classic, but I’m not sure…
And what of the ones already in my queue: the classic Minimalist Cardigan from Interweave Fall 2007? Or the Lace V-neck from Vogue Knitting’s Holiday 2009 issue? Or indeed Flaming June from last summer’s Knitty?
There are some yarns I have in mind as “must knit this Summer”:
My beautiful balls of Zealana Kiwi (Cotton/Merino/Possum) Laceweight:
More Zealana, but in Kiwi Fingering:
Perhaps this lovely merino/angora/silk from Woolyarns:
And, most excitingly, a bit of Little Wool Company‘s Wool/Silk/Mohair:
You’ll notice that the number of patterns and the yarns I highlight do not match up. That’s because I suspect as much as my greedy little needles want to knit all the things, I won’t be able to get through more than the four yarns I highlight above!
There’s always gift knitting and designing that get in the way… but who knows? Maybe I will be able to knit more!??
Now to narrow down the candidates in search of WIP No.1!