I had to go to the big supermarket to buy spelt flour, and I picked up the latest issue of The Knitter, Issue 31, just to
have a look, you understand...
I documented my early love/hate relationship with this publication, which possibly didn't make me any friends in publishing, so I promise not to ramble on about the things I don't like.
Though my sharp tongue is just itching to comment on the WTF items..!
There are several things in here that I actively NEED to knit. Queue jumpers. It helps that there are some red-hot designers at work in this issue.
There is a pair of socks from Yarnissima herself: a toe-up design which uses a heart motif to absorb stitch increases, and sets the foot on a chevron bias, so strikes me as a great pattern for a subtley self-striping yarn? I want to try it anyway!
Susan Crawford of A Stitch in Time fame has contributed a 1920's-inspired mock-wrap sleeveless pullover called "Anyone For Tennis?" which combines - wait for it - JC Rennie lambswool with a fine thread of Habu stainless steel yarn in a herringbone stitch. I'll give you a minute to absorb all that information. Vintage, super-textured herringbone, local yarn: all that in one design?! She has even included instructions for two lengths - one "vintage" and one "for modern tastes". No chart for the stitch pattern and odd styling, but I am concentrating on what I like, remember!
And there is a Liz Lovick design for a lacey collar / capelet which has a sort of Edwardian / gothic feel in black, and has so much potential to cover a bare necked t-shirt in transitional weather conditions. So neat! So stylish!
But my real candidate for queue-jumper is a surprising choice on my part.
It is a Rowan All Seasons Cotton tunic in a hefty aran-patterned design by Martin Storey. Short sleeved. Shawl collared. Belted at the waist. The Girl hates it!
But I look at it and I see 1930's elegance, especially over swoopy wide-legged trousers - ooh I've got some of those! ; )
And All Seasons Cotton is reduced at Kemps at the moment... I am thinking light blue...
But I cannot allow myself to be distracted from Betty Jean - I just cannot! Upper yoke and sleeves still to be knitted... on 2.25mm needles. I may be some time.