We were spoiled by a spectacular early March; warm and sunny. I could get used to that. Alas, March went out like a lion, with lots of wind and rain. It’s still cold in April. But even the cold doesn’t make me want to finish my Heather Hoodie right now. I don’t want to knit with bulky yarn; it makes my hands tired. What’s a girl to do?
Ummm, cast on a new project? Sure! This is a shawl using Knitted Wit‘s fingering weight merino wool. Lorajean calls this color Blue Sky. It’s a cheery color, and knits like a dream. I love it! I started this project with an idea that’s been percolating in my mind for quite a while. I had several false starts, but it’s finally working out the way I want it to. I’ll show you what it really looks like, later.
The other bit of April fun comes from Star Athena. It’s her Socks for All Seasons Pattern Club. The club runs for 12 months, and you can choose to buy each month separately, or sign on for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. I’m in for three months of fun. I used to say that I’m not a sock knitter, but apparently that’s not true since I have a lot of hand knit socks. Not as many as Shannon at Twisted (50 pairs, oh my!), but enough that I don’t wear store bought socks very often. I just don’t knit socks with fingering weight yarn; I’m too impatient!
This month’s pattern is written for four different gauges, so it’s perfect for me. I happen to have a ball of Fly Designs Monarch sport weight in Sailing (see how I love these blues?). The pattern is called April Fool, and it’s simple yet crazy. The socks are knit in one piece, the first one toe up, with a bit of waste yarn in between at the edge of the cuffs, and then the second one top down. No second sock syndrome here! This will be my simple project when I’m not knitting the shawl, which requires some counting.
I love that Sailing yarn. It’s purdy.
Also, I just wanted to say that I kind of love that you use your piano as a backdrop so often. It’s kind of awesome. Definitely nicer than the towel draped over my couch that I usually use.
Love all the cheery blue you’re using! I cannot wait for real spring to rear it’s lovely head.
Sport weight socks are the perfect project. I’ve made over 90 pair and have no intentions of slowing down!
Bulky yarn makes my hands tired, too. I love your color choices. And I 100% agree with the weather. Bah!
That is one crazy design! And hopefully you will see me in person one of these days. Then I can pet all the pretty’s in person
Ooh, how fun! Toe up and cuff down in one sounds really cool. 🙂
What a wonderful blue!
great projects upcoming!!!
OOoh! Both blues are great; I can’t wait to see more of them.
I love both yarns – gorgeous!
I just love all those blues!
Sorry I missed you too, Michele. I must say Twisted is big on socks and now I know who to thank! Sky Blue is warm and inviting–I can hardly wait for your shawl to unveil. April Fool is definitely interesting from Toe Up to Cuff Down–you have it all in one project–very clever. Nice line-up of knitting projects for April. I do hope you will get to the hoodie at some point just because the yarn you chose for it just so delicious, pretty 😀
Yay new projects. That sock pattern design is very cool.