Now that winter has well and truly arrived, I’m enjoying being snuggled up inside with my knitting. I’ve already shared some garments I knitted last year (Bronwyn and Strokkur), so here are my knitting plans for this winter.
1. Another Strokkur
One Strokkur done and I’ve already got another on the needles! As I wrote in my review post, I loved the Strokkur pattern and even the wool itself but the wool did not love me back. The beautiful rustic Lopi yarn was just too harsh on my sensitive skin, both in knitting and wearing. So I’ve passed that one on, and am up to the body of a new Strokkur in gentle superwash wool.*
This is kind of cheating as I’ve pretty much finished knitting my Pyukkleen cowl (in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted). It just needs the four end stitches of the i-cord binding to be kitchener stitched together, but let’s face it, that’s going to take me months of sheer procrastination.
3. Modified Vashon
I’ve had a garment-sized batch of Knit Picks City Tweed DK hanging around for a couple of years now. The yarn itself is lovely, a beautiful merino/alpaca blend with some manmade neps woven throughout, in a striking burgundy colour. But I’ve been vacillating between potential projects – definitely a jumper, likely with cables, but just which design to choose?
This winter I decided to bite the bullet and just knit the damn thing. So I went through my swatches, decided the cable pattern from Vashon was the victor, and I’ll cast on when I’m finished Strokkur. I intend to lift the cable pattern from Vashon and place it on a top-down seamless jumper with set-in sleeves. As the yarn is much finer than the 12ply Vashon is knitted with, the effect will be more of a design motif than an all-encompassing cabled jumper.
4. Hansel (Half Version)
As a prolific hand knitter, my wardrobe has a shocking dearth of shawls. I have cowls, scarves and hats-a-plenty, but bar one Springtime Bandit knit in local alpaca, I seemed to have missed the shawl-knitting train. I decided to remedy that last Christmas by asking for a Hansel kit from ysolda.com, composed of the Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight yarn the pattern calls for.
I’d like to get it knitted this winter as it seems just the thing for wrapping around myself in these cold days spent shuffling around the house and drinking copious amounts of tea.
My colourwork hat knitting phase has not yet come to an end. Another Christmas gift was the Elska yarn kit from ysolda.com, in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Heritage, a 3-ply worsted-spun shetland yarn. (I ask for yarn for Christmas and my birthdays to keep me going throughout the year.) I naturally chose the red colourway over the blue, hoping I would look as pensively fashionable as Ysolda and not like a lost St Kilda supporter.
Here’s hoping I get as much of my plan knitted as possible this winter, but if not, I like to keep knitting throughout the year so I have projects ready to wear once the weather cools down. My plans are clearly Ysolda and Knit Picks heavy, but I guess I know what I like! Ysolda.com has boutique kits made from local yarns that aren’t hideously expensive, and Knit Picks yarns are so affordable and interesting compared to the commercial offerings in Australia (overpriced merino, repeat) that I can’t help favouring them when I’m looking for a workhorse yarn.
What have you got on the needles? Are you knitting winter woolies or using cool summer cotton?
*Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash, if you’re wondering.