Obsessed with waffling!

I have been knitting on Thermal like a woman possessed.

I love the waffle stitch. It goes quickly, and I don’t have to pay too much attention! Another plus of knitting the pattern flat – absolutely no rows that are all purl stitches! I’ve added 3 more pattern repeats since this photo (most of my students were sick and didn’t come tonight!) I’m knitting mine smaller than the pattern calls for, because my swatch grew substantially. I’m also planning on 3/4 length sleeves, because I have loved the Thermals I’ve seen with that mod!

Every time I consider making a sweater with skinny yarn I get freaked out, but once I get past the first two inches it always seems to fly.

I got a WEBs order today that contained their new fall yarns, Williamstown and Sheffield.

Both yarns are very soft, and I will swatch them soon to let you all know how they feel! I’m planning on using the Williamstown to make the Drops swing jacket, and the Sheffield for the Sweaterbabe cardigan I’ve mentioned several times. For a yarn with angora in it, it isn’t too hairy feeling in the skein.

I typed in a URL for the IK Winter preview, and to my surprise the new preview came up – I didn’t know we were only a few weeks away from the magazine coming out! Go here for the preview, but keep in mind they may still be working on it… it isn’t linked from the front page yet.

At first glance I am likely to make two projects – Ann Budd’s Refined Aran Jacket (although the small is probably too big for me so I don’t know), and Miriam Felton’s Logan River wrap, which has an interesting drop stitch/cable combo, and is knit in Kathmandu Aran – how I would love to have a snuggley tweedy wrap for winter! There are others that look interesting, but I will need to see them up close.

It was cold and rainy today, so I got to wear my Tree Jacket out of the house for the first time. I still just adore that sweater, which does not make me feel in the least self conscious that I’m wearing a handknit sweater! I think I have more knits in this category, but I still have a few that make me self conscious. For instance, I wore my Jess Jacket last Wednesday, but it just reminded me that I need to fix the crazy wonky collar, and that I had no clue what I was doing with seaming when I made it. Still, those sweaters are in the minority.

It’s also handknit sock season at last. My feet are always so cold, I really do appreciate them! I find that I have a hard time getting my socks small enough – 60 stitches seem small enough at first, but they always stretch so much when I wear them. And I don’t have terribly narrow feet, just super skinny ankles and calves, so anything smaller is hard to get on. I also get a fair amount of heel felting in most socks, but I figure that is inevitable – I treat them pretty well (no machine washing) but they get a lot of wear!

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11 thoughts on “Obsessed with waffling!

  1. I am liking the Williamstown yarn at 1st glance. You must let us know how it knits up. I have been wanting to do the Drop Stitch sweater for some time now!

    Thanks for the IK Winter prevew link….I can honestly say there isn’t anything that grabbed me….but someone will end up knitting something out of there and I will want to do it then! LOL

    Keep Wafflin’!! :oD

  2. Your Thermal is looking really good! I really love that color.
    Thanks for the Winter IK link! At first glance I feel a bit dissapointed. A lot of the designs look big and shapeless to me but I’ll have to see the pictures up close before I make a judgement. I do like the Henley Perfected and the Gathered Pullover.

  3. I like your Thermal. Very pretty so far. Looks like you’re making quick progress.

    I’ll be curious to see how you like the Valley Yarns angora blend for the Sweaterbabe sweater. I got some Berocco Please on sale from WEBS, and I’m not crazy about the color in person, so I’m still on the lookout for the right yarn.

  4. I agree, the Williamstown yarn look like maybe a winner for the Drops Swing Jacket! I have been eyeing up some yarn for the Drops Jacket in Eskimo. Not too keen on the Eskimo yarn. Maybe the new KnitPicks Cadena.

    Thermal is looking really good!

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