|Alicia Tam and Mitts|
Too often in the past, they have seemed horribly contrived and irrelevant to me.
Consider how many vampire-themed knitting patterns you have come across... and how often they are for quite unexciting fingerless mitts.
Why do vampires wear fingerless mitts anyway?
The Unofficial HP contains patterns from some stellar designers at the top of their game. The HP-ness is neither here nor there, in my opinion.
I managed to hold out for almost 48 hours before I bought the pdf version of the book.
I almost broke the printer making my copy, because I just can't give a book proper attention on my laptop screen, and I certainly can't knit from it. Not for the first time I thought I might be in the market for some kind of e-reader device...
There are 29 patterns in the book, for £10.88 (at today's exchange rate - it is priced in dollars) which is remarkable value.
"Only if you plan to knit them!" I hear you shout. Well, I do.
You won't be surprised to hear that I love the Rachel Coopey sock pattern, Wendice (not yet on Ravelry) but I am also besotted with the other sock pattern for some knee-highs with lovely geometric lace and a contrasting rib: Tippi Toes.
But there are also full-sized garments in here. Cute cardigans. Neat sweaters. I dare you to look for yourself. Be warned - you may end up pressing "Buy it Now"!
What it took me a while to realise, even though it is blindingly obvious, is that the whole collection is presented in cinematic (dare I say "noir"?) shades of grey and red. How clever!
So when Christine and I took a trip out to Oyne the other day, I was on a mission to purchase some Alba Yarn (spun by JC Rennie, and which I used to knit Betty Jean McNeil, Audrey-in-Unst and Bettie's Pullover) in two shades of grey, and perhaps a pink or red, to knit the Alicia set (mitts and a beret, at the top of this post).
Alas! Alba Yarn is no more! But the new owner of the shop formerly known as The Wool Shed stocks a smattering of JC Rennie yarns and I was able to pick up a ball each of Oxford (a deep clerical grey) and Silver Grey (much lighter, almost an off-white) in the Supersoft Lambswool.
At the time, I resigned myself to knitting the Souvenir of a Killing beret which only requires two colours.
|Souvenir of a Killing|
Be still, my beating heart!
Klaxon klaxon klaxon!!!
"Houston, we have a problem...!"
Dear. Sweet. Heaven.
The prospect of assembling a palette of my favourite Scottish yarn without blowing the budget was just too much for me.
But I also succumbed to some investment purchases.
I might show you when they arrive ;)
So much for stash-busting!