One of the lucky things I got into was a very highly valued sweater class at Anacapa Fine Yarns. I signed up early (without remembering the project) -- it's a new sweater pattern picked out by Anacapa's popular instructor, Anne (whose blog is Moonlight Stitches). Luckily, Anne has excellent taste -- and picked out this sweater - Funky Grandpa. This fits my style perfectly! I wear cashmere grandpa sweaters almost everyday at work (goes with my lawyer-geek style).
The pattern is available on Ravelry, just search for "Funky Grandpa." Rililie is the designer and her blog is Lamaisonrililie. I love her designs and have downloaded her fingerless mitts and cap patterns as well.
Now the fun is to pick out the yarn -- I'm leaning toward Madeline Tosh Merino Light -- either dark grey for the main bodice color and black for the arms. Or, a dark denim blue for the bodice and darker arms. The denim blue would be great with jeans and movie dates with J. The black/dark grey would be more appropriate for work. I haven't decided on the self-striping yarn color yet for the stripes. The pattern calls for sock weight yarn and the Merino Light has been made by other Ravelers and is fingering weight and, I think, compatible.
Here are two other of Rililie's projects I love:
And, long striped fingerless mitts (free on Ravelry).
I also really want to make this vintage sweater pattern the Cutaway Neckline Sweater (free) -- but it will have to wait, now.
In other news, I am still procrastinating on my UFOs -- I haven't finished my cape yet -- I hope to this weekend. And, I'm still working on yoga socks (3 months and counting), long leg warmers (2 months and counting) and a Dr. Who Scarf (months and months to go). I haven't fully converted to continental yet but am committed to knitting the Dr. Who scarf with continental. I've been you-tubing for tips.
BTW, Kristen, K-line blogger, has some great posts Here (great comments too) and Here on continental versus eastern european style in contrast to "real" British/English style knitting if you get a chance to browse them. She focuses on tension, and the most efficient way to assure correct tension for a project. The posts have some great discussion.
Anyone have some good new years knitting projects they are working on?