I really didn't intend to have a silent week here, and I truly don't know exactly what happened. I guess a lot of little things left me with little energy to write. That and there was a secret behind the scenes submission that I was working.
I suppose I'll start with the design submission. I submitted a new design to Knitty for their First Fall 2015 edition, and I am really excited about the possibility of being published there. Knitty loves to surprise their readers when the issue goes live, so the details of the submission must be kept quiet until I hear their answer, or the issue is published. I can tell you that a couple of the girls (Beka and Melissa) from my knitting group helped me with the photos, Kelsey knit a great second sample as a test knit, and we shot the photos with some great beer at Kansas City Bier Company. After this, I think that all of the photoshoots I do from now on will have beer, wine or other beverage involved. I tend to feel pressure about the photography on my patterns, and the bit of alcohol loosened things up, made it fun, and resulted in some fun photos.
This next project has been in my head for quite a while now, but I couldn't quite get settled on a stitch pattern. This week, I worked a nice large swatch in brioche stitch, bordered by garter stitch, and I really like the fabric, the colors, and the balance of the design. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Yarn's Broad Band, a silk and superwash merino blend that presents several colors in about 50 yard stripes. My swatch is in their Indian Summer color way, but when I make the full size shawl, it will be in the skeins at the left of the photo, which are the African Grey color way.
I really like the idea of this yarn for doing a color block project like this one, even though it was designed with striping projects in mind. I could certainly go and choose 4-5 skeins of yarn and do the same thing, but here, the dyer has put together the colors in a perfectly matched combination, so I can just choose a color way that pleases me, and begin the project. I don't have to worry about color theory, or not finding just the right color, I can just get started.
Over the course of the week, I finished the back of my first sweater design, seamed the shoulders and picked up worked the ribbing at the neckline. I am really happy with the way that the design process is working out. The yarn couldn't be more beautiful, soft, and show the cables any better. It is Anzula Cricket in Navy, and I will definitely be adding more of this to my stash. My vision to continue all the cables around the neck shaping to the shoulders has resulted in a really flattering look, where a vertical line slims the waist, and accentuates the bust.
Yesterday, I went ahead and did the math for the sleeves, and cast on for both of them. I am working them two at a time, and since they are going to be in reverse stockinette stitch, I decided to work them inside out. I am able to knit faster than I can purl, so, I think they will zoom right along. When I begin the sleeve cap shaping, I will turn them right side out, and work flat, with the reverse stockinette side facing.
This sweater is really close to being finished. I am growing weary of winter weather, but I'd really like a chance to wear this at least once before I put it away for fall.
What have you worked on this week? Have you used a striping yarn for a project other than striped projects?