Spring Projects

Yesterday was a gorgeous day; the kind of day that said “Spring is here!”  The sun was shining.  There were lambs in the fields.  The outdoor cafes were filled with happy people.  And I got spring yarn in the mail!

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This is the yarn that I special ordered weeks ago, in the cold bite of winter, anticipating spring kntting.  It is Merino Silk Fingering by The Uncommon Thread, a blend of 50% wool and 50% silk in the shade called Citrus.  It is mouth-wateringly yummy, sunshine-y and zesty.  It makes me happy.

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A few posts ago I was lamenting the fact that I had nothing on my needles; I was on the prowl for some new projects.  Now I have three projects for spring.  Yesterday, Doug photographed all my new yarn just for you.  See how gorgeous and rich the orange is in the sunshine?  The secret is that the wool and the silk take up the dye differently, giving amazing depth to the colour.  And look at the beautiful Rowan Kidsilk Eclipse – I love how sometimes you can see the metallic sparkle and sometimes you can’t.  See the hint of sparkle in the above photo?

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And here they are mixing with the heathery grey of the Brooklyn Tweed Loft.  Three pretty yarns, three spring sweaters (all for me)!  So what am I making?  The Loft will be Escher – a lovely lightweight geometric cardigan designed by Alexis Winslow for Brooklyn Tweed.  I am knitting it in the same lovely shades of grey  (such a shame this beautiful phrase has been co-opted) as the pattern photo:

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

I love the above photo; it makes this cardi look so light, soft, cozy and stylish.

I ordered the orange yarn specifically to make Aisance, a beautiful spring cardigan designed by Kirsten Johnstone:

© Carrie Bostick Hoge

© Carrie Bostick Hoge

© Carrie Bostick Hoge

© Carrie Bostick Hoge

I love the idea of knitting this in a bright pop of juicy orange.  The silk blend will give it drape and swing and fluidity.  It’s the perfect cardigan to wear with a pretty summer dress.

What about the Rowan Eclipse?   I’ve been busy this week, knitting away:

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I am pretty captivated with the yarn which literally knits up light as air.  It is a chameleon, changing in every light.

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But what will it be?  Shhh….it’s a secret!

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19 thoughts on “Spring Projects

  1. The copper pot full of yarn is a wonderful photo. I too am ready for a nice spring project but mine is a much smaller scale: socks. I don’t know how you find time for these big projects which you turn out so quickly but I certainly enjoy seeing them. : )

  2. Love that orange. I’m currently knitting a Philomena from Rowan 57 and striping it with KSH in blue and a very, very bright orange which I’ve been unsure about – this post has motivated me to just go for it. It’s so lovely having new projects on the go.

  3. The more I look at your Aisance, the more I like it! I think it’s going into the queue…

    Love your colour choice, a nice punch of orange is just what the doctor ordered at this time of year.

    Can’t wait to see what you’re making with your lovely Eclipse! (Gemma, hmmm?) It’s gorgeous yarn – I’ve got 2 skeins destined for a scarf. I also just bought 2 more skeins of KSH Stripe in Precious colourway to make Kim Hargreave’s Gentle…like I need another scarf or shawl.

    Hope your projects are flying off the needles. With one good morning (hopefully today), I will have finished my Darkness (aptly named) and will get started on seaming it and my Longing up. This part of knitting I’d gladly sub out…

    Enjoy your beautiful weather! Can’t say the same thing here with lows up to -15C forecast this week.

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