My knitting has picked up the pace since the calender turned to 2013. I feel like 2012 was a year of not knitting very much. I haven't finished my yearly wrap-up (yet), so I don't know what the actual numbers are. It feels like I knit less, but read more. I reached my goal of 38 books in 2012. I have set a new goal of 50 books in 2013. It sounds like a daunting number, but I figure at least 12 of those will be audiobooks, 10 book club books, 12 Kindle e-books that I can read while knitting, plus a few novellas and a stack of books recommended to me this past year by the staff at the, sadly now defunct, local book store.
I just finished a test knit for a secret pattern. I can't share the full design or the color it is knitted in, but let's just say that if you like sophisticated neutrals dyed by yours truly and clever design by a prolific and brilliant shawl designer, then you might want to check out the KnitCrate subscription service. Hint hint!
Yarn Geek Fibers. It is called the Puff Rib Cowl. Somehow, I neglected to knit the 5th row of the 5-row repeat enough times that I decided that the missing row needed to be a feature and not a flaw.
And finally, recently off the needles, is my favorite sweater ever. EVER. This thing fits so good I can't even believe it. When I first finished it, it fit ok. It didn't quite button, the sleeves were too long and the yoke was bigger than I planned, but I still received several compliments on the sweater. Overall, it still fit pretty well and I was happy. The pattern is from Ysolda's Little Red in the City and is called "Lauriel".
The sweater before.
As soon as I finished the sweater, I decided to make a few changes. I reknit the cuffs by reducing the number of ribbing stitches and shortening the ribbing. The sweater is fairly heavy, so I decided to stabilize the neckline with a row of crochet just inside the neck edge. I successfully gathered the yoke before stabilizing the neck. By running a gathering stitch and cinching in the yoke, the whole body of the sweater laid much nicer. I can now wear it buttoned, unbuttoned, or partially buttoned and it looks great. This sweater also made me a convert to the grosgrain method of finishing a button band. It is much more stable and professional looking.
(The sleeve are the same length. I'm just standing crooked.)
What's on your needles?