I've decided to add a monthly feature where I round up my current knitting yearnings and inspirations. I've talked a lot about imaginary knitting- a phrase coined by Brenda Dayne of Cast On- where you imagine all the things you would be knitting if you only had the time. Imaginary knitting goes beyond the whimsical and somewhere into obsessive for me as I choose yarn I'd use, think about how the stitches would feel to work and try to predict what I'd enjoy most about the process of knitting it. All of this being dreamt about while doing unavoidable tasks such as peeling potatoes or brushing my teeth.
So this month I'm kicking off with what's been hitting my radar and making me really itch to cast on if only to cleanse the yearning and spread the obsession around the internet a little. You will thank me in time, I know it.
Alicia Plummer just released Wolcott that made me regret my current cowl wip instantly. The soft cables and oversize slouch is exactly what I was craving when I gleefully cast on something in aran weight yarn last month (more on that in next week's podcast). I rather suspect though that this was more what I needed- soft cables are kinder on RSI prone wrists and fast to knit up. A paid for pattern from a designer I love that really is tempting me to rip out the aran, hold it double and go, go, go. Tempting.
The whole Alicia Plummer obsession actually began thanks to those wonderfully enabling pom pom girls when they released the free knitting pattern Campside on their blog in collaboration with Alicia and super indie dyer Julie Asselin. I spent a serious amount of time concertedly ignoring Juno Fibre Arts last ever DK update because Asti's subtle tones and that shawl would be a match made in heaven right?
Lioness Arts brought out this cute little hat a few weeks ago and I've literally been using some DK leftovers as a carrot to hold infront of myself to get enough work done that I can justify just sitting, winding the yarn and knitting for the rest of the day. I've not yet managed but it's going to happen because oh my word- my girl needs this hat!
So then it happened that scraps got me thinking and dreaming about what to do with leftover yarn. I have a fair amount of fingering weight adding up that possibly wants to be some scrappy socks and so I'm hovering between Mixalot by Rachel Coopey and Susan B Anderson's Patchwork Socks. Choices, choices.
So just as I'm pondering stash busting scraps of sock weight, Joji goes and brings out this: