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In progress now...

Like everyone else, I have a couple things on the needles right now and a bunch I can't wait to get started on. The main thing I'm working on is a sweater for my boyfriend - promised to him for his birthday two months ago, it's been lingering in various stages of half-completion for a long time. I'm bound and determined to get it done now, as quickly as possible - it's a worsted-weight cotton sweater with traditional motifs; a summer sweater if I ever saw one. I had these vague ideas that he'd wear it with shorts and flipflops walking on a boardwalk...and now August is more than half gone.

I have to say, though, it's kind of fun to see this thing go from a vague sketch:

To a fully fleshed-out, detailed and swatched and calculated blueprint:

To this.

Here's a detail of the motifs: it's going to be a proper old-school aran, drop-shouldered and saddle strapped, with an arrangement of moss stitch, split cables, and a braided cable around a traveling-stitch lattice.

I'm already a day behind - I've been trying to knit a skein a day, working on the assumption that this thing will take about ten skeins. I'm done with the back and halfway through the front panel now, since casting on Sunday.

The Cotton Fleece I'm using is nice enough, but despite its wool content, it's pretty unforgiving when it comes to heavy cabling. It's absolute murder on my hands - so I'm breaking with this lovely thing:

Butterfly, from Rowan 37. I'm using delicious wool/silk Jaggerspun Zephyr in a warm toffee kind of shade. Despite the fineness of the yarn and the size of the garment, the lace pattern really cranks the pattern along - there are only 87 stitches on the needle at the widest point. I've done the double ruffle for the front, and am about halfway done with the panel itself:

And a detail that shows the true color much better than the awful photo above:

Blocked out, this one is going to be an absolute winner.

I can't wait to get started on Martha from the same magazine -

In fingering wool, I think, instead of cotton. Maybe in a dull sage color, with iridescent black or silver beads. Besides that, I have at least ten thousand baby sweaters to knit (I'm thinking fairisle stranded each stitch), and Christmas gifting to get a jump on...and I have a bunch of ideas that I haven't gotten around to patterning or working up yet: a felted jaquard knitting bag; a pullover quilted with knotwork cables; a shawl with a pattern of cherry blossoms...



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