With spring in the air and summer around the corner I find myself wanting some light summer projects. I have always been a seasonal knitter, in that I gravitate toward certain fibres and projects during specific seasons. For example, in the fall I love knitting with worsted or bulky weight 100% wool yarns. I will usually pick projects with cables and always have a least one hat project on the go.
At the beginning of spring I always find myself trying to get those last few ‘Christmas’ projects finished and clear my needles for the lighter projects I find myself craving. This year was no exception. I have just recently finished two hat projects and pair of mittens that I had great hopes of finishing before the new year. Although they only needed a few finishing touches, it feels like a great accomplishment to have three finished projects in one week. It also means that I want to cast-on at least three more projects.
The first project I can’t wait to cast-on is Westbourne [Kinu love] by Isabell Kraemer
The pattern is written for two different versions; a long sleeve day version and a 3/4 sleeve night version. I’m planning to make the night version but tunic length , similar to the following project I found on Ravelry by LovesMandMs
Discussing a new project without talking about the chosen yarn? Never! I will be making my Westbourne with Grazioso hand-dyed yarn from Sweet Paprika Designs. I have been waiting for this yarn shipment to hit the shelves so I could cast-on using the Wild Blueberry colour-way as the main colour and the Lichen colour-way for the stripes.
With the blend of silk and linen, the tunic length and fun stripes, I am sure the Westbourne is destined to become a spring/summer wardrobe staple.
Spring also means sock and shawl knitting. I always have socks on the go but I seem to knit them quicker and more frequently in the summer. A simple sock is a must take project for people-watching at the park, chatting with friends on patios and enjoying time by the pool. And although just knitting a plain sock may sound boring, I can assure you it is not, when you are using a fun skein of hand-dyed yarn and 9″ circular needles!
I also can’t live without a fun summer shawl to knit while enjoying the longer daylight hours. If you’ve been in the store recently, you may have seen Daina’s latest finished object – the Lilli Pilli Shawl by Ambah O’Brien
This shawl has been such a hit that I can’t help but want one of my own. As I was looking through the many finished Lilli Pilli’s on Ravelry, I came across this fun one by radashes:
With this version I could use some of the bright colourful mini skeins we have just received!
I can’t think of a better way to spend my Easter weekend than by enjoying time with family and casting-on three exciting new projects.
Until next time,