Oh this right here is my Aileron shawl. Can't you tell?
No? Well that would be because I had to rip it out . I returned from Unwind ready for knitting to soothe a tired mind and tired limbs and looked hard at my wip. Ah. That's a hot mess right infront of me.
I was going to cast back on immediately but despite my immediate love of the fascinating construction of this pattern, I just couldn't. I needing to be soothed. I wanted something... else.
So Aileron moves back into the queue for another day but with this gorgeous yarn singing its' siren song (it's a Silk Merino Singles yarn people, it sings loud and proud I can assure you), I've began thinking about making it happy. Sleek Singles is a yarn that deserves to be happy. I also haven't got anything purple in my knitty wardrobe so it has to happen you see.
The problem is, I'm struck by decision paralysis. There's some good contenders and inspiration out there.
There's some nice links back to Unwind with Bolt by Veera Valimaki for Wool People 5. It's really different to everything else I have and I need to get knitting some Veera patterns because I really love her work.
Then there's the option to add another colour, which I have as Ashburn by Melanie Berg just seems perfect but I start thinking about colours and the decision paralysis gets worse.
Apparently you can never have too much NBK. Ever.
Another Unwind throwback would be Vintage Bouquet courtesy of the lovely founder of Unwind Dani. I have been flirting with making her entire pattern collection for years and with another Lioness Arts pattern on the needles (tune in next podcast for that one), I seem to have broken the seal. I'm digging stripes and a lace border it has to be said but stockinette? I think singles love garter. They really do.
I got quite grabby hands over this pattern too- Ripken by Melanie Berg (yes again, I like her work a lot it seems). I think the hat and colours are really the things here that make me want want want and I'm not convinced a cowl I'll tie a lot should be in something with a single ply. Friction and single plies can only end in tears surely? But that's on the list as a strong contender because it just calls to me.
Ofcourse the thing I realised with many of the options I looked at is that I'm being drawn to those dreaded short rows whether I like it or not. I'm not casting on Aileron partly because of my short row loathing. I really need to work on that.
In the meantime I've cast on Brighton Beach by Dieuwke because I need a Dieuwke knit and I can ponder things while I knit on something else right?