I've been on a finishing spree. It is truly selfish. The quicker I finish something, the sooner I get to grab a luscious new yarn and dive into a much admired pattern.
On those occasions that I am knitting something for myself, the selfish factor jumps a notch or two. When the last thread is woven and everything blocked, I get to wear it.
That's what got me to knit like a demon the past couple of weeks. I've been wanting this:
(Drape front cardigan from Classic Elite's Summer St. John's Bay.)
Out of this:
(That would be Euroflax linen in eggplant. It took me 3 skeins, instead of the recommended 5, because I made it much shorter.)
It will definitely serve time as a shop sample, but I really and truly wanted it for ME. I love this style. It is so comfortable to wear. In the linen, it makes for the perfect summer layer. Best of all? The linen demands that you beat it up. With each wash and use, it grows softer and more lovely. No gentle blocking here. In the washing machine it went. Then straight to the dryer (yes - dryer) on high agitation. Admittedly, linen can be tough on the hands when knitting. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the radically different texture. And the rewards are well worth it.
Once the cardigan was done, I grabbed Classy in Petal Shower for my first Clapotis.
It's been on my list forever, but Lesley pushed me into action after showing me her completed Classy Clapotis.
Last week I got to see a bunch of great knits in progress and a few finished works.
Chris is making the Minnow Knits Cable Cuddle Cardigan out of Classy.
If you've been to the shop lately, you have probably spied the awesome shop model of this sweater knit by David.
Lizzie was able to join us last week ( yaayyy Lizzie!!!) and she was knitting the famous Clapotis using Malabrigo Silky Merino.
Lisa cast on for what will be a stunning summer top.
Jen is speeding along on her Pioneer out of Spunky Eclectic Summer. Not to worry, I have ordered more Summer.
Luanne finished her Pioneer!!!!! She has already shipped it off to the lucky recipient.
Monique sent me pics of her latest adorable knits. Don't you love the matching hats?
Luanne also just finished a precious baby/older sib set.
She used 2 of the newest colors from Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton - dandelion and wasabi.
Peggy surprised me by being twinsey with our socks.
Comfort socks out of Spunky Eclectic skinny sock in Sea Glass.
Then, she came by the shop with the most thoughtful present, a picture that captures the essence of this fiber obsession.
Looking at that sheep transform makes me smile everyday. Thank you, Peggy!! Now I just need to find the right frame.