On The Needles: Spring ’17

Hello everyone! It’s been a while, huh? Turns out law school isn’t exactly conducive to regular blogging. Who would have thought? In all seriousness though, these past few weeks have been over-whelming to me for a myriad of reasons. I still feel like I’m trying to find my footing in this new semester, and getting this blog running more smoothly is definitely a part of that.

This week, I thought that I would share with you all what I’ve currently got on my needles, kicking off what I hope will be a regular quarterly check-in. I thought I would get things going with spring, embracing the symbology of growth, and new beginnings.

(And yes, I know that technically there’s still a month or so to go here in the Northern hemisphere before its officially spring, but a girl can dream!)

So, without further ado, here are the projects I’ve got on my needles as of spring 2017!

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The Polwarth Pullover: If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably noticed that its been nothing but yellow the past couple of weeks. That’s all thanks to this baby, my take on the Polwarth design by Ysolda Teague. I’ve been fascinated by this pattern since I first saw it. It caught my eye at a time when I had become enamored of pullovers with triangle details at the neckline. I had been toying with the idea of designing a pullover with a triangle detail myself, but when I saw this design, I knew I didn’t have to. I actually purchased the yarn for this sweater – Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Hayloft – late last spring, but only recently cast on as I realized I need a few more pullovers in my Portland closet. Plus, the yellow is so rich, it really brightens up these grey, rainy days.

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The Løs Pullover: While the sweater above is trundling right along, this one I’ve been taking my time with. I expect that this will feature heavily in my wardrobe next fall/winter, and make several appearances on my instagram this spring and summer. The reason I’m taking my time with Løs is that the textural pattern is extremely complex. I don’t typically knit things where I need to have the chart open in front of me the entire time I’m knitting, so this has been relatively slow-going for me. However, all’s the better in my opinion, because this baby is a honey to knit on! The pattern is thoroughly engrossing, and the yarn – Woolfolk Far in color 08 – is a knitter’s dream! I’ve raved about this yarn before, and will likely continue to rave about it until the day I die. The chainette weave of Far takes to the stitch pattern in Løs so perfectly! This yarn and pattern were truly made for each other, so I don’t really mind taking my time.

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The Anna Vest: I’m a little late to the party with my Anna vest, but better late than never, I say! Last year, when everyone was making these beauties for Karen Templer’s knit-a-long, I watched in awe as all the FOs rolled in. I knew I wanted to make one for myself, but it had to be absolutely right. When I was moving this summer, one of the things I did was go through all my yarn. When I came upon 5 skeins of Quince and Co. Owl in Buru tucked into my stash, I realized the right yarn had been under my nose the entire time. I’m extremely close to being done with this one, and I’m hoping it will become a staple in my wardrobe this spring.

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The Ed Sweater: What more can I say about this that hasn’t already been said? I’ve still got guy on my needles, working on making it into the promised sweater for my man. But who knows, maybe by the time I put together my On the Needles: Summer ’17 post, this will be completely, and thoroughly finished.

What about you? Do you have anything exciting at your needles right now? Let me know in the comments below!

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