I've decided that my Knitting Brain wants to knit socks, socks, a bit of lace, a lot of lace and no garments. That's why I'm slumped. There's nothing wrong with Martha or the Asymmetrical ribbed jumper, but I just don't want to knit cardigans or jumpers at the moment. Rather than force the issue, I'll spend the weekend finishing off the individual pieces (Martha's first sleeve, Asymmetrical's front) and pack them away for a month or two, see if I am inspired after a break.
Fall knitty's out today as well. This issue is far more appealing to me than the man's issue. .
What do I like? At first glance, there are several designs which look knittable. I'm not sure if some of these designs look knittable because of the appealing photos (bloom, bubby) or that the yarn is readily available over here without me having to recalculate to substitute (arisaig, blackberry, flora, edgar). And a pair of koigu socks (2 skeins). A Good issue, this one.
On the needles (very uninspiring)
Plain socks for me, lost the sock band, but they're cotton blend. I suspect the second sock will be fraternal.
I can't see a repeating pattern in the first sock at all. Correction, I've just started the repeating pattern as I near the toe.
And another lace shawlette. This one is the basket leaves shawl pattern, originally printed in Interweave knits, but now available as a Fibertrends pattern, adapted for different sizes (shoulder shawl, small shawl, large shawl) and different yarn weights. I'm using some kaalund laceweight yarn for this one. The first yarn (probably kaalund, felt the same but again, I#ve lost the ball band!) was too variagated to show off the lace pattern. This is more of a subtle variegation, lavender with bits of green. The photo isn't showing the lace pattern at all, but at least you can see that the colours are subtle.
In the pipeline
I also have two new patterns which I'm very interested in knitting, both fibertrends, one's a shawl and one's a scarf.
Fuschia Lace scarves. I can see myself knitting these in some fine dk yarns. Great for Christmas presents.
And Spring Blossoms shawl. I just love symmetrical patterned designs. I don't much like knitting them, but I like the effect.
Which reminds me that I have some Robert Powell shawl patterns which I want to knit. Looks like I'll have a lot of SHIPs (SHawls In Progress) on the needles!