A couple months ago, friend-of-the-blog Ari over at Tell Tale Yarn Co announced she would be debuting a new worsted weight yarn to add to her line. At the time, it was the end of August, I was ready for fall to come so I could break out my heavier handknits, and I was dreaming of cozy cables to wrap up in this winter. I had just swatched an idea on some worsted weight yarn I had in stash for a design, so when I saw her post about the new yarn, I knew I had to ask if she wanted to do a collaboration. She did!
I asked her to choose one of her colorways that she thought would look great as a cabled hat. She listed a few she thought would work, I told her, “It’s really totally up to you,” and we left it at that.
Fast forward a while and I got a package in the mail last week with a beautiful skein of Windswept Worsted in her Oyster colorway. I wanted to swatch immediately, but I forced myself to finish my Exploration Station first (FO post to come!), since I need it for the expo this weekend. I finally was able to swatch, I blocked my swatch like a good little knitter, and I was super happy with the result.
A couple days of mathing, planning, and charting later, I have finally been able to cast on! I am really loving how this yarn is knitting up and I’m excited to see the cables take shape.
Lately, I have been feeling inspired by the idyllic winter day, curling up in front of the fire with a hot mug of coffee watching snow fall outside. I imagine large, cozy, perhaps chunky knits. Plenty of cables, things I can wrap around my neck multiple times, big blankets to snuggle under, and long garments that keep my butt warm.
I rarely knit with anything heavier than fingering weight, but I have been having the urge to knit–and especially design–with heavier stuff. I ordered some of the new bulky yarn from KnitPicks, Wonderfluff, to play with. I’m imagining a slip-stitch cowl pattern (I ordered two colors), but I’ll see what comes to mind when it arrives. Look for a review of it here on the blog later, too.
For now, back to cabling between show prep!