I am so excited that my favorite designer of all time, Kim Hargreaves, has been nominated for the Sexy Knitter’s Club KAL! Yes, I admit to being a full-blown Kim Hargreaves obsessive. I have knitted no fewer than nine of her patterns over the past few years, and I simply haven’t found her equal for clear pattern design, flattering waist shaping, and detailed finishing techniques. But now I won’t be alone in my infatuation. I just can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects that the Sexy Knitter's Club gals come up with, and this is giving me an extra boost to knit more myself. Finally, it’s time to execute all those patterns that have been hanging around in my queue for years! The best part about this is Hargreaves’ new book, Misty, has a ton of gorgeous, feminine designs perfectly suited to the Rowan 4-ply cotton and handmaid seasilk yarns I’ve been hoarding!
The first project up is Embrace
Now, I know when those asymmetrical cardigans with handkerchief hems made their debut early this year I scoffed at them, much as Mr. Darcy labeling his Elizabeth as “only tolerable.” But the more I have seen them in company, the more delightful they have become, until it became a full-scale infatuation. When my husband left me for 2 weeks to travel in Germany for a family reunion, he hid a gift certificate to my LYS in the kitchen to keep me company! I used the sweet gift to buy some shiny white pima cotton by Berroco, which is feeling wonderful in my hands as I am knitting up Embrace. I suppose this means that my obsession with knitting in white as a form of silent meditation is still going strong. What with 2 homes I am listing on the real market at the same time I have to travel for business for two weeks, I need all the calming I can get!
Another of my favorites is the Darcy pattern, which fits so well into the delicious fall trend for female dandy looks:
Note the detail of the knitted "cravat"-like scarf she used to style the photo? I will be knitting this one in the ultra scrumptious Karabella Aurora 4, fine Italian merino that I have found to be unequalled in quality, hand feel and durability. I’ll be knitting it in black, in keeping with the design photo.
But Arielle is the most exciting choice.
I am saving my ultra special, gorgeous, handmaiden seasilk yarn in sky blue. I fell in love with this yarn on sight and bought one ball of it just because it was so scrumptious. Then I searched ravelry until I could find a pattern that would take just the one ball, and ended up with this:
Actually, I didn’t have enough yarn as it turned out to finish the camisole, but in some strange twist of fate the woman who had bought the other two balls in this dyelot took one back to the shop, a few days before I happened to ask about it! So I was able to finish my sweater after all. As lovely as this camisole is, I find I never wear it because of the see-through lace and spaghetti straps, so it has been frogged to become the lovely Arielle instead. It's a tough life for my hand-knitted sweaters, I tell you. If they don't get worn at least 4 times a year, they are frogged and converted to something else. No knitted parasites allowed in my wardrobe--there simply isn't enough room!