Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Sweater Fest

It's been chilly here in the mid-Atlantic recently which means cozy weekend mornings with my fall knitting and pumpkin spice coffee creamer added to my morning cup.  Love it. 

No baby knits here today, folks.  I've been downright selfish with my knitting choices as of late.  I've cast on for three new sweaters and purchased the pattern and yarn for a fourth.  Wanna see?

This is the Venezia sweater, knit in two colors, which has been done often by other Ravelers.  I'm using Valley Yarns Huntington in grey and cream.  I had a hard time finding the right yarn for this project.  I wanted something that would be soft next to my skin and I think the Huntington is going to provide that.  It's a splitty yarn but I am using Knitpicks' yarn thimble (that little purple thingie in the picture) which helps with that and also evened out my tension tremendously.
Next up is the Delancey Cardigan.  I'm being totally unoriginal here and knitting it in colors similar to the model.  I'm using another Valley Yarns: Northfield.  It's a blend of merino, alpaca and silk.  It works up very nicely and I hope the silk helps with the drape of this unusually constructed garment.  It's been a lot of fun to knit and I can't wait to see how the rest of the shaping works.
The third project to show you is the February Fitted Pullover.  I ended up casting on for this on a whim since I had stash yarn that worked perfectly.  I'm using Rowan Cashsoft DK.  I ended up making some modifications and I'm not sure that they have worked, and the sweater GREW a lot in blocking so I am a little unmotivated to finish this one, but we'll see.

So that's where I'm at.  We also squeezed in one last week of summer at Virginia Beach where the weather was great and the beach was not crowded.
Hooray for the beach!!