In the past few weeks I have picked up a few things for fall/winter knitting. Well, O.K., I admit, it is maybe a little much.
First off, I was on a mission to enhance my stash of Rowan patterns. I really miss Kim Hargreaves, so I picked up a few of her past Rowan designs: Mag 30, Mag 32, Big Easy, A Season's Tale, Pipsqueaks (which has gone out of print), and Rowan Junior. Now that the bean is getting bigger, I really didn't have much in the way of "big kid" patterns. The Rowan Junior and Pipsqueaks are perfect...not too fussy for her, not too complicated for me. I also love "A Season's Tale." There are at least four things out of there that I would knit right now if I had the time.
I bought yarn for both from a lovely lady on eBay. Since the Polar yarn (shown on the right) is discontinued, I wanted to get some as soon as I could...especially since no one seemed to have the pale blue. "Icy" (on the left), is shown in #30 as a child and an adult sweater. Now I ask you, who in the world would make a young person a sweater out of Kidsilk Haze! I could just picture the bean wearing her lovely Kidsilk sweater complete with marker running down the sleeves and Play-Doh stuck in the fuzz. I love this burgundy color, and I thought it would make a nice holiday item, but I'm not promising anything. The "Buttons" pattern was just too interesting to pass up. And the Polar is SO soft! I may have to get some more since it will soon be gone for good.
I also got some yarn from KnitPicks - Wool of the Andes and Andean Silk. The Wool is for Anouk, and the Silk is for scarves. If you haven't seen the Silk yet, it is very soft. The Wool has great colors, but I wish it was a touch softer. I have been wanting to make Anouk for a while now, so I am hoping I have time this winter to give it a try. Bean is VERY into wearing dresses/skirts lately, so I think they will get along splendidly. The body will be blue, green trim, red pockets with yellow flowers.
I think that is plenty for now. Plus, I NEED to finish the Manly Sweater. I think the poor man has waited long enough!