Tuesday, October 23, 2007

When In Doubt, Cast On Something New

A while back, I was turned on to this book by some lovely ladies (book pushers and arm-twisters, all of them) at a Knit Night I sometimes attend:

I know, I know, Reader's Digest, yawn. At first glance, it looks like one of those late 1990s-early 2000s-era "HIP CHUNKY" knit-type books. Many of us, or at least, I have, come to the realization that the only thing "HIP" about chunky knitwear is how giant it makes your HIPs look. But, some chunky things are good:

Chunky cabled throw from the book:

Chunky vest from the book:

Just plain Chunky:

But I digress.

The book has a few real winners in it, not all of them chunky, including a black lacy wrap and - just what I've been looking for - a super cool top-down aran weight seamless raglan. So, rather than choose from amongst my current holiday gift knit projects when looking for some Red Sox knitting, I opted to cast on said sweater for myself*:

I've been looking for a comfy seamless sweater pattern, and this one is fun and fast. It is a lot of stockinette but so far the shaping has held my interest. I can't wait to get past the armholes and see how it all fits together. The yarn is Paton's Classic Merino in Rouge Red, and it was even on sale! (I love me some yarn on sale.) Obviously, the Knitting Fates were guiding my hand as I swiped my credit card.

I'm not a stripe person, but it would also be lovely in a Noro stripe as shown in the book. A cotton blend like Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece would also be nice. I'll see how this one turns out.

Also, in Seamless Knit News: If you have Cobblestone in your queue as I do, go feast your eyes on this version. Didn't she do an amazing job? Makes me want to go cast on now...

Also,this afghan. Yum!!


*(Didn't someone just blog about that? The inexplicable need, when gift deadlines loom, to cast on something for yourself? I know someone did but can't remember who...obviously their words resonated with me, the Selfish Knitter hehe.)


Rachel said...

That looks like perfect Red Sox knitting. Not too much to distract you from the game, but just enough to absorb some of your attention when things get really tense and you want to keep your blood pressure down.

Go Sox!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Yeah, I've never been a big fan of anything described as "Chunky" but that cabled throw, mmmmm. Also anything with the words "Top Down" are of interest as finishing is not my friend. Can't wait to see how your sweater turns out.

bobbi said...

i like that word "seamless" can't wait to see it completed.
happy knitting, pretty red

Kathy said...

Love your new sweater choice. Will be anxious to see it all completed. Will be a beauty, I am sure!

I am staying focused with gift knits, but my problem is that I keep adding to the list of gifts to make! Lucky for me they are (mostly) all quick knits.