I don’t know why I haven’t been in a blogging state of mind. I think about blogging or my lack thereof. Maybe I just haven’t sat still long enough to be contemplative about what I’m going to write. That being said, I’m diving in with no particular agenda for this post.
My projects this summer have been largely garter stitch projects. I think garter gets a bad rep, like the step child of knitting stitches. Yes, it’s easy – just knit all the live long day. The thing is, you can produce lovely, interesting knits with garter.
I knit the Aggregate, which was a lot of fun. It gave me the opportunity to use two colors of Baah! Sonoma (DK: 100% Merino, 233 yards). The designer incorporates the use of short rows to make a kind of negative of the pattern. Check out the pictures of what people have done, but not until you’re done reading the post 😉
Baah! Sonoma has been calling my name ever since it arrived. The colors are so rich I wanted to knit something that used every single color. I was delighted when Michelle and I discovered the Aggregate pattern. By the way, Aggregate is the current Westport Yarns knit-a-long.
Michelle used Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns (DK: 100% Cotton, 220 yards) and Findley Dappled by Juniper Moon Farm (Lace: 50% Silk, 50% Merino, 798 yards). She held Findley double to get gauge. I love how hers came out. It has a completely different feel to it than mine (obviously given the different fibers).
Dreambird KAL also caught my fancy this summer. Garter, short rows, color contrast, and (wait for it) Noro Silk Garden Sock. The technique used in this design is called Swing Knitting and requires some quiet concentration. I guess that’s why this one has been on the back burner. I don’t get a lot of quiet concentration time. When I’m done knitting it, I will add it to the classes at Westport Yarns as a one-day workshop.