There’s a special magic that happens a few times a year, when I stumble across (or, duh, get an e-mail telling me) that the new Knitty is up. I’m nervous, excited, hopeful . . . and I navigate over to www.knitty.com to spend the next hour (ok, thirty minutes) devouring the new patterns. Sometimes I try to be patient, and force myself to read through the articles first. This strategy of veggies-before-desert usually works well (although it backfired that time that my grandma took note of which mini-box of cereal I took from the multipack and bought a big box of it. Didn’t she know I’m a hoarder and was eating the crappy healthy cereal first and saving the marshmellowy goodness for last?) and it’s especially easy when my knitting-glucose comes in magazine form, a la Interweave Knits, to leaf through starting with page 1.
Today, though, I couldn’t hold myself back at all and I went right to the patterns. Usually there are only a few that catch my eye, but today I found a bunch:
First there’s Yosemite, which, in addition to being a super-cute pattern that I think I would love knitting and wearing (a rare combo!) is named after one of my all-time favorite places. Even though I’m not normally a huge fan of cotton, I immediately whipped out my Shine Worsted color card and I’m debating between Bachelor Button, Wave, Grass and Crocus. I am betting this will be one of the next projects on my needles.
I’m not normally into vests, but Honeycomb is so beautiful and simple that I fell in love right away. Not for me, but maybe for my sister Adorable, who can get away with that sort of thing? I just love the heathery texture to the fabric and the clean look of the vest against the white collared shirt. Yum.
Then there’s the Lace Ribbon Scarf, designed by
And speaking of monster projects . . . didn’t I just get Peacock Feathers off the needles? Haven’t I been fussing about how I’m not so in love with triangular shawls? Yes, yes I have. But then there’s Laminaria, floral and lovely and wistful and not at all fussy, to my eye. I do want to make a blessing shawl for my pregnant cousin’s gestating son, and while this isn’t quite right, perhaps I could knit this one while I look for ideas?
I also like the Spyrogyra Fingerless Gloves, although I’ve yet to really get on board with the fingerless glove thing. Maybe this is the pattern that will do it?
Finally, can I get a “Yay” for Knitty? I love that there are so many great (and FREE!) patterns out there. It’s been a great resource for getting new knitters excited about the craft without making that big buy-the-book commitment.