I am winding down in teaching at my retreats for this spring, and my mind is opening up to all sorts of new possibilities. Once the Rip Van Winkle Sock Spinning Retreat is over in mid May, I am free to work on new projects.
I am so ready.
My hopeless addiction to stranded knitting continues, but the Peace Fleece solid colored sweaters for this year's Reversible Retreats have been totally enjoyable to design and knit. It's such great yarn from such a great company. I will be working on a new STRANDED mitten pattern with Peace Fleece this Fall for the Twelve Knits Of Christmas Retreat in December.
In the meantime, my mind is wandering towards cables again. Rich, thick, warm cables. The thermostat will be lower next winter and I plan to have a complete wardrobe of cabled things to keep warm in. So, I will start now.
First on deck is a cabled, or maybe even Gansey patterned, tunic. 1/2 or 3/4 sleeves. Maybe a button front (or a psedo button placket!). I am a turtleneck/leggings wearer, and it is SO SIMPLE to throw a tunic over the first layer to get a great (and warm) look. I have a couple of near-miss garments that I live in on cold days that need tweaking and streamlining, so I think 2008 is the year for this work. I think I will start with my Meandering Cable Vest shape as I like the crew neck/side slits, and go from there.
Stay tuned. As I find the right looks, I'll post the inspiration. I am hosting a CIRCULAR SWEATER WORKSHOP on 2nd Thursday evenings at Countrywool starting June 12, and I think this will be MY project for the class.