From the comments on my Urban Aran and my last post, it seems I’m getting people to take another look at Patons designs. While their more recent pattern booklets have been all about crazy fluffy/shiny/furry stuff, they actually have some very nice patterns in the older booklets! I really like this one, from Indigo Days:
I also like the cover sweater from that booklet:
And for those that asked, the sweater I showed in my last post (“Cabled Pullover with Hood”) is from their “Chunky Knits” booklet. I like the cover sweater of that one too, although I don’t think bell sleeves that big would be terribly practical!
I think Patons is definitely worth taking a look at – I also like their Classic Wool, although it pills something fierce. It’s rather cheap and plentiful though, and comes in great colours. I’m not sure when I’ll use it again because of the pilling, but I do so love my Must Have cardigan (from “Street Smart”) and I wear it extremely often!
In other knitting news, I finished the first sleeve of Nordic Memories! I think it looks and feels awesome (I’m using Knitpicks Merino Style), but my colourwork is, well, kinda crappy. Very uneven. Sometimes a row of motifs or two is just fine, sometimes too loose (not often too tight). I think it’s the colourwork on the wrong side that’s screwing me up – my purl stitches are already looser than my knit stitches; throw in trying to keep 7-stitch floats loose and it’s all a bit dicey.
And egged on by all your, uh, encouragement, I bought a bunch of stuff off Elann today – 18 skeins of highland chunky in “oxford grey heather” and 10 skeins of baby cashmere in “pewter” (hmmm…do I like grey?). I also purchased the patons “Chunky Knits” booklet from them.
Oh, we all know I would’ve bought the yarn anyway, encouragement or not!