There are yarns and projects that seem to take their time before turning into a finished knit piece. My beautiful skeins of Take Care Mohair have been in my yarn basket for a couple of months now, I have been swatching with it, putting it aside, looking and comparing swatches and imagining what they would become one day. This yarn is so airy and light that I wanted to knit something very special with it, but at the same time quiet simple.
Meanwhile my La Flor sweater has been on the “cast-on” list for over 6 months. You know how I like experimenting and modifications and ever since I published La Flor, I really wanted to recreate it in a completely different fiber – something super soft, with subtle, almost blurred stitch definition. The choice of yarn can change the look of the same pattern drastically!
So, one day I was going through my stash thinking what might work and then I saw my mohair basket full of swatches… I thought it was perfect – textured La Flor‘s stitch looks very different on fabric created by mohair, the stitch definition is very subtle, almost imperceptible.
I am using 7 mm needles and it knits up incredibly quickly! I am playing around with different stitch placements and taking my time to figure out if this is the perfect yarn/pattern marriage. As usual, I want to step back for a week and see if I still like the result enough to cast on, though it is definitely a challenge – I like it so much right now that want to cast on immediately! But I learned the hard way that the first excitement can be deceptive and it’s important to step back for a couple of days.
It’s been awhile since I shared my current read. After Julian Barnes’ superb language style, it was very hard to find anything that I might enjoy just as much. Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 was definitely the right choice – I like the plot and, the most important part for me, the language. Just beautiful, even a few pages a day is a true joy!
I hope you are having a beautiful week! I will see you at Yarn Along today!