It is hot hot hot out there (by Irish standards at least) but don’t let that stop you from knitting. I’m mostly doing lace at the moment, working on my own shawl but also already plotting and swatching for my next project. I’ve also got a lovely ball of Lang Magic waiting to be turned into a wingspan shawl, which will be my relaxing knitting project for the next while (ie, a project that doesn’t take brainpower and is great for bringing with me or knitting in low light or while having a chat).
It can be hard to find time to knit though! I’m potty training to toddler and while it’s going well, it requires constant vigilance. She’s also mostly given up afternoon naps and is going through a phase of ‘what’s that, mama?’. The baby, in the meanwhile, is growing teeth at an alarming rate so won’t sleep. Not much opportunity to sit and relax, never mind knit. But, as they say, this too shall pass. The weather has been great though, so we’ve been spending a lot of time in the park.
If I’m not getting much knitting done, many others are luckier, so let’s have a look at what knitters around the world are working on right now.
Light weight shawls are, of course, an excellent choice for summer knitting. Craft Gossip offers a choice of ten shawls to knit.
Leventry is a gorgeous two colour shawl that has certainly gone into my Ravelry queue.
Unexpected is a free pattern with an interesting construction that seems very well suited for self striping yarns.
Fresh from the press
The big publishers are looking ahead at Autumn/Fall, which makes sense, because you’ll want to be casting on now to get those sweaters and hats for the chilly weather ready in time.
By popular request, Brooklyn Tweed has finally done a children’s edition. Lots of lovely colourwork and cables in natural colours.
Knitscene also has its first Fall edition out. Classic garments with a good fit and a modern twist are the trend there.
Knitty First Fall is going for bright and colourful.
Fringes are the thing right now, as the people at Berroco point out.
Lots of fringy patterns to choose from on Ravelry.
The flower design on the back panel of this cardigan reminds me of a summer flower garden in full bloom.
I love the lace accents on Princess Fiona by Amy Miller.
If you want something different involving colourwork, this waistcoat could be your thing.
The summer is a popular time for KALs and MKALs.
This post is partying!