Happy 2009, everyone! Well, I have to say, one of my new year's resolutions is to post more regularly on my blog. Along with that is the resolution to produce more to post about, so it won't be just fluff that I'm adding here. To start off the new year, here is a new finished object, Arianrhod by Elsebeth Lavold from her book The Dreamweaver Collection.
I like Elsebeth Lavold and this book has a lot of wearable designs in it, which seems to be what is lacking in my sweater collection. I get sidetracked by the eccentric and end up making a marvelous thing but perhaps don't wear it much. Wearable things may not be the most interesting to knit, but very often those are my favorites. The cotton cable yarn was a pleasure to work with, and at a gauge of 17 x 24 or some such thing, the sweater knits up very fast and the pattern couldn't be simpler. I ended up making the small size, but cast on stitches for the medium for the body of the sweater (it's knit from cuff to cuff). Turned out fine. Lavold advises weaving in your ends every couple of color changes, and that is the best way to do it.
As an indulgence, I bought myself a copy of the book A Stitch in Time, Vintage Knitting & Crochet Patterns 1920-1949 Vol. 1 by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford. It's a beautiful book and, at 350 pages, there's much to see. I examined each pattern and then started over at page one again. Haven't come close to declaring a favorite yet. The book can be purchased here.
I also got a certain amount of Rowan Kid Classic in this lovely color called Oats. What I'm making is something from Rowan 42, but it will be a surprise.