September has hit, we’re down into the double digits temperature-wise, and all of Austin has gone a bit crazy in anticipation of fall. (Highs in the 80s count as fall weather… for now we’re still in the mid 90s.) I got a cooking magazine in the mail yesterday that was full of braising and roasting recipes. Dudes, we’re just now getting weather nice enough to emerge from the air conditioning to use the grill! It’s not too soon to plan for the holidays, though… I just got my order of the new Knitpicks holiday ornament kit:
I’m looking forward to making mini sweaters/gift card holders, and knitted popcorn and cranberries. It seems like there are an abundance of projects just waiting to happen, and I’m giving myself most of this week to indulge in new cast-ons.
I have some Panda Silk in variegated yellow that I want to use for the September SKA yellow challenge. Started the Knotty or Knice socks, but I’m afraid the yarn isn’t playing nicely with the pattern:
I really like the pattern itself, and I was looking forward to doing a short row heel for a change. I may take the other skein and try out the Field of Flowers Socks instead, even though that pattern doesn’t appeal nearly as much.
I swatched for the Aeolian shawl over the weekend, but discovered that the silk Claudia Handpaints isn’t going to be the nicest stuff to knit with. Aside from one disastrous encounter with linen I’ve never really worked with yarn that has no give. I’m thinking this project will be better done over the holidays, when I can focus on it and just relax. I’ve got two sock projects going on (once I revise my Windowpane pattern and start the monochrome sample socks) and Christmas presents to keep working on, and I just don’t have the patience to work with the silk right now.
I happened to be down at The Knitting Nest, introducing a new crocheting friend of mine to their Wall O’ Cascade, and came across some gorgeous Malabrigo lace:
Usually I wouldn’t go for variegated for a lace project, but I’m thinking that Icarus can handle the color… or at least the body of it can, and I’ll worry about the lace border when I get there. The WS rows are already getting boring and I’m not even done with the first repeat of Chart 1, so I figure this will be a good project to pick up and put down in a busy month.