Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Knitters' Block?

It seems that, for me at least, every year around this time I get a case of knitters' block. I just can't ever seem to commit to a new project, and even worse, I often struggle to finish old knits still sitting on the pins.

I currently have half of a Norwegian mitten, similar to the ones in Nordic Knitting Traditions by Susan Anderson-Freed, resting on a pair of double pointed needles, and a quarter of a Rowan Kidsilk Haze scarf taking up my 5mm pins. I can't be the only knitter who struggles to finish a project, right? Despite these unfinished projects, I think it would be nice to knit something new in the lead up to spring. But I am lingering on the agonizing question: What do I knit?

Working in a wool shop means I'm lucky enough to see all the newest wools and patterns straight away, but it's also a bit of a curse because they are all so tempting. It’s impossible to choose just one! Right now I'm teetering between the Jampa moss-stitch cardigan from the new Softyak DK Collection and the Bronte cable and lace cardigan from the new Summerlite DK Collection.
Jampa in Softyak DK shade 240 Pasture
The Jampa cardigan is a clean, beautiful design. The simple moss-stitch creates a wonderful texture and the look is perfectly finished off with one metal button. This cardigan has a really modern look that I love.
Bronte in Summerlite DK shade 461 Khaki
The Bronte cardigan on the other hand is a more classically designed knit. It also uses moss-stitch, but it incorporates a bit of cable and some lace as well. This cardigan has a feminine design that I really enjoy. I could imagine pairing it with all my summer dresses.

For now, I've still yet to decide which of these patterns I'll tackle next, so stay tuned!

Post by Leah in our Edinburgh shop

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