Remember last week when I showed you the sweater I'd just started? I did a fair amount of knitting over the following days, and just about finished the back . . . and really felt kind of meh about it. All that stockinette . . .
Couple that with a serious lack of both knitting and sewing mojo the last couple weeks, and you've got the perfect set-up for a great big 'ol frog. And frog I did.
BUT! All is not lost! Because on Thursday, Kim Hargreaves released her new book, which of course I ordered immediately. And Kim just as immediately sent it to me - I received it on Monday! I always order my books directly from Kim's website for just this reason.
The book is so spanking new I haven't even been able to add it to my Ravelry library yet! I love all Kim's books, but this one: ZOMG. She has really outdone herself. Of the 21 designs, there is only one I wouldn't consider making.
One of the members of the Kim Hargreaves group on Ravelry very obligingly posted the gauges of many of the sweaters before I'd gotten my book, and I had a notion that my yellow Calmer might work for the cover sweater, Pip.
(BTW: pretty sure I need those exact pants.)
Yesterday I had some time in the afternoon to sit down and swatch. The pattern is written for Rowan Handknit Cotton DK using a size 6 (4mm) needle. Knowing that I get about the same gauge with Calmer on a size 7 (4.5mm) I tried it out, and . . . perfect! I got started right away:
I'm enjoying this so much more than the plain stockinette of Lou, and I think this texture really suits the sunny yellow color.
Any other Kim fans out there? Have you gotten the new book yet? This one is a later than usual release and has been highly anticipated in the group. It did not disappoint!