I’m roaring down the track to a finish to my nine week project, and am working simultaneously on several projects at once:
They’re all small, so I figure they’ll be finished quickly.
Which brings me to, when they’re done… what do knit next?
There are a few projects that I have planned, but I’m looking forward to some self-indulgent knitting for a change. In the background to this photo, you can see Benbecula. I’ve half-finished it, and now that I have some time for “me” knitting, this will get picked up again.
However, two little questions accompany “what to knit next”. They are:
1. Which shawl?
I’ll show you the yarn:
Yes, it’s more of that scrumptious Naturally Aspire, a wool/alpaca mix single spun yarn that has been discontinued this season, but there is still plenty of it to be found in the yarn stores. I’m combining it with some Araucania Aysen (the yellow/green/brown mix you see) as I think the colours go well together. It’s going to be a substantial wrap, and I think I’m slowly edging towards doing something like this.
I’m not sure how I will combine the colours yet. My original intention was striping, but now I’m wondering about intarsia (although this is not my favourite technique).
2. What garment?
Now that I’m back working in an office, my clothing style has to adjust to suit a corporate environment. Which means… black…grey…navy…oyster…muted tones…hmm. Sometimes I wonder if I ever moved out of the school uniform. More significantly, it means that my wardrobe needs to be once again fairly tailored.
I’ve been looking at patterns to figure out a nice piece that I can knit and wear to the office without it screaming ‘hand knitted’. I’m not ashamed of my hand-knitted garments, but I do want to wear items that look reasonably professional, and let’s face it, a lot of knitting isn’t designed to look ‘professional’ as in, boring office professional. Knitting is a fun, relaxing activity, and the patterns designed for knitting reflect this.
Anyway, I’ve been looking at patterns from a new angle. Flaming June (from the most recent Knitty) looks like a good candidate. It can be dressed up and dressed down, and it won’t be too warm to wear in a heated office. If I knit it with something like Zealana Kiwi, it will have a lovely drape and softness, and the colours are very office-friendly. I feel a trip to the yarn store coming on…
I’ve also been increasingly drawn to Connie Chang Chincho’s new book Textured Stitches. The Anna Maria cardigan and the Professoressa are both very office-friendly looking. They’re simple designs but with a nice details that will make them interesting to knit and good to wear.
Looks like I’m not too stumped about what to knit to wear to the office after all!