I saw cabinfour’s sweet take on bobby socks on the Quince blog last week and fell in love. But when I went to grab the image to tell you about them, I realized I actually want to knit every single pair of socks she has designed. We talked about her first sock pattern, Cream, back when it came out. But since then, just look:
TOP:School Girl, with just a spot of texture on the cuffs and toes
MIDDLE LEFT:Camping, always-appealing stockinette with contrast cuff and toes
MIDDLE RIGHT:Morning Light, with a simple lace panel down the front
BOTTOM LEFT:Irish Oats, with a simple cable panel down the front
So after my post last week about the Woolfolk debut collection, I got two skeins of Far in the mail. (Thank you, Kristin!) They were meant to be for a Knop hat, and oh man it would be delicious. But from the instant I pulled the yarn out of the envelope, all I’ve been able to think is I want that around my neck. 284 yards of pure luxury. Combine this with my latent nervousness over the fact that there’s nothing mindless on my needles right now, and I’ve suddenly got kerchiefs on the brain. Specifically that little garter-stitch kerchief I made for a my mom a couple of years ago. Thoroughly simple, it was really the perfect showcase for such a delicious yarn, and I just loved having it tucked around my neck for those snapshots. But then I’m thinking, isn’t there something equally spare I could knit with it — something mindless but not so mindless? (Don’t think I haven’t considered another Textured Shawl. But I already have a big grey version. In fact, I’m wearing it as I type.) What about a mini Lola? Or a Romney Kerchief? Then a quick trot through Ravelry led me to Pure, the latest from “cabinfour,” who has a way with ultra-spare shawls. I love the subtle progression of textures, and always love a big garter edge, but I wonder if I would love that if I scaled it down? Hm. Either way, it’s got my attention right now.
[DISCLOSURE: cabinfour frequently sends me copies of her patterns, unsolicited. No joke, not an hour after I finished writing this post (before it went live) Pure landed in my inbox. It’s like the universe knows!]
You know there has to be some reflection and projection here as the calendar flips over from 2013 to ’14, starting with the patterns that caught my attention over the course of the year. Pretty much every week, under the heading of New Favorites, I post about the patterns that I not only like or admire but that make my fingers twitch with the urge to cast on — whether it’s great new releases, a designer who’s caught my eye, or some gap in my wardrobe or skill set I’m thinking about filling. Clearly I’m fickle, and some are more passing fancies than others. But some of these picks burrow into my brain and simply demand to be knitted. Here are the ones I’m still fixated on — I hope to cast on at least some of them in 2014.
SWEATERS top left: Stonecutter pullover by Michele Wang (Pattern of the Year, as far as I’m concerned) top right: Dwell cardigan by Martin Storey bottom left: Trillium cardigan by Michele Wang bottom right: Rook pullover by Kyoko Nakayoshi
FINGERLESS GLOVES Antiquity mitts by Alicia Plummer
Remember thoseadorable improvised socks I mentioned at the end of the last New Favorites? What I failed to notice is that, in the time since I first saw those, many moons ago, she has published the pattern for them. Had I realized it, that particular New Favorites would have been a duo of Jane Richmond’s Climb and Cabinfour’s Cream, so this is me making up for that missed opportunity.
Thanks, Deneise, for bringing it to my attention (and for the pattern!).
I’ve mentionedbefore that I don’t like wearing socks, like, in the daytime — with shoes — and do it only under duress. But on a chilly evening, with leggings or pajama pants? Nothing seems more appealing than old-school sweat socks or L.L. Bean-style ragg wool socks. So from the minute Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond released the pics from their new joint collection, Journey, I’ve been dying to knit the Climb socks, pictured above. Perfect examples of their type.
We all know how important it is to have a simple little stockinette project on the needles, for those times when you want something mindless to knit. Or when you’ve screwed up a row of your slightly lacy cardigan and aren’t ready to face fixing it …
LEFT: Cabinfour’s Nordic Wind is a super simple little triangle shawl with wide stripes — shown in four shades of grey, from dark to light, for a little bit of ombré effect.
RIGHT: The Purl Bee’s Beautiful Spring Scarf is nothing but a stockinette rectangle with fringe. But ooh la la, how curious am I about that cashmere-linen blend yarn it’s designed for. And the idea of nylon cord for the fringe is pretty genius.