Cast on All the Things!

Sometimes that mood hits! The perfect new pattern comes along.  Or an irresistible yarn. That happened to me this week — times two.  Both the perfect pattern and the perfect yarn came along.  So despite an impressive array of works in progress, I'm swatching for two new sweaters.

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First up is Isabell Kraemer's Criss Cross Sweater.  This one went into my favorites as soon as I saw it.  But when I swatched with Plucky Scholar for a vest (it wasn't going to happen, the miles of twisted rib would have killed me) and realized my gauge was spot on for Criss Cross, I knew it was meant to be.  I'm in love with this Bohemian Blue colorway, and the minute I opened the yarn two days ago, I knew it had to be knit with right away.  


Then there was Katya Gorbacheva's Winter Weed's sweater pattern.  Its difficulty level is clearly over my head, but how could I resist?

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The pattern is written for Plucky Primo Aran, and although I don't have a sweater quantity on hand, I have been hoarding the December Classics Heartstring's colorway on snug worsted.  I didn't get gauge on my first try.

H snug worsted swatch

But I'm not horribly far off — only 1.75 stitches over four inches, so I'm going to go up a needle size and see what I can do.  I love this colorway and think it will be perfect for this sweater.  The verdict is still out on whether I have the skills to knit it, but I have good knitting friends to rely on in a pinch.

So it looks like I'll be casting on all the things in the next week or so.  I've also got a couple of projects I want to swatch for ahead of the start of the Malabrigo March KAL.  I expect to be doing a lot of prep and set up work for the sweaters as well as for Mal March, so there won't be a whole lot of knitting progress this week, but I do love having a number of projects in the works, which makes it easy to pick one up to carry around or travel with.  

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