I have finished the sweater for my aunt . . . and I'm getting a little bored making fleece-lined mittens. I decided it was time to take on a project with little 'meat' to it. Something with a pattern that would make me think a little . . . something that would make me want to knit it up so fast because I couldn't wait to wear it. You know the kind I'm talking about . . . don't you?
When I went to a knitting group led by a dear friend that use to own a local yarn shop . . . she would have been a dear friend even if she didn't own a yarn shop!! Well, I found my next project, Two of the knitters there were working on it and I fell in love with it.
It's called Counterpane Masterpiece by Nicky Epstein.
Look at it . . . isn't it gorgeous? I thought if I started now and knitted like a mad woman . . . I could have it done to wear this fall. I know it's ambitious . . . but dream big . . . right?
First step is to order my yarn. It calls for Rowan Scottish Tweed DK. I went on-line to order it thinking about what color I want. Something light that will show off the stitch work . . . but not so light that it will show the dirt . . . because I admit it, I can be a slob. I quickly find out that the yarn has been discontinued. ERGH . . . I hate when that happens. Now I'm going to have to do a little thinking and yes . . . pick a substitute yarn. (It's always so much easier to use the yarn the designer calls for . . . lazy I know).
Okay. I can do this. The pattern calls for 25 skeins and each skein has about 123 yards. So I need 3,075 yards. It's also 100% pure wool. Since I'm going to be wearing it outside I'm going to stick with wool. I'll look at blends but I don't want anything that will pill too easily or be too soft and not allow it to keep it's shape since there will be some weight to it. I want it to have the same drape, but also be pretty sturdy since I think I may decide to wear it f o r e v e r.
Okay, I'm off to shop. I'll let you know what I pick out!
Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.