I don't know what happened but I've gotten myself into three new projects. Two were even started on the same day. Here is one of them: the mohair bias loop from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. I saw a shop sample at Churchmouse this past weekend and immediately found a use for two balls of Kidsilk Haze I had. The pattern is knitted as a bias rectangle, more of a rhombus really, then kitchenered together. Although the dark raisin color above is probably not what I would have chosen, it was in my stash so the choice was made for me. The finished loop can be worn as a scarf, which is probably how I will wear it. Pretty, isn't it?
Here it is worn as a shawl-type thing:
The next one really isn't a brand new project, but I haven't talked about it before. It's a basic pullover from the book A Season's Tale by Kim Hargreaves. I'm using Felted Tweed in a color called Treacle. I think I'll make mine a v-neck because they're so comfortable.
I originally got the yarn for these two projects to go in one sweater called Elfin, also by Kim H., which has a large mohair ruffle around the neck and at the wrists (it's better than it sounds). Somewhere along the line I realized that it wasn't something I would wear very often, whereas a v-neck pullover and a scarf are things I could wear casually all the time. So I chose to be practical on this one.
My next project is called Peerie Flooers ("little flowers" in Shetland dialect) and is by Kate Davies. It's done in the new Rowan Fine Tweed, a 4-ply yarn they've just come out with this fall. It's a lot like their Yorkshire Tweed which was discontinued, but in brighter, sunnier colors.
photo from Kate Davies' project page
I'm super excited about this one, and when my yarn arrived from the UK I had to start right away. My husband helped advise me on the colors, since I didn't want it exactly like the original and some of my colors didn't work (it's hard to choose from an online color card). So I mixed the new ones with some of my Jamieson's Spindrift, and came up with the colorway you see below. It's so much fun to see the pattern emerge. I see more fair isle hats in my future.
I hope I can keep going on all of these, and the knitting is kind of a mixed bag. I can take the mohair one to my knitting group, because it's just straight stockinette, and even the sweater. The hat stays at home since it takes more concentration and fiddling.