Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Decisions, Decisions

Do I stay or do I go?

I finally finished the back of Katherine from Hot Knits that was started two years ago, abandoned from boredom with the K2P2 ribbing, picked up again in May 2006 but was sidetracked once again (shiny objects, pretty colors...). And I was so pleased with myself for having picked up a UFO (could I get TWO really old projects finished in a short span of time?)

I Do
Having decided that I need a white shrug. Problem is I don't have a lot of white yarn in my stash, so I had to find a pattern that would fit what I had. I picked Rowan Calmer, and the I Do lace shrug from Spring 2005.

Then VK Fall 2007 arrived
It's the 25th anniversary issue, and rivals a fashion magazine in terms of articles and pictures—though more content than ads. However, even the ads are inviting. Here a but a few of the patterns that caught my eye—so much so that Katherine may take even longer.

Shirley Paden is a favorite designer and I knew right away these were her designs.

The lace in both Michele Rose Orne's wrap cardigan and Teva Durham's lace jacket really appealed to me.

I do like dresses and skirts. So add some lace and present it in red, and there's Lily Chin's lovely A-line dress. Iris Schreier'a lacy cardigan is gorgeous, especially with the beaded edging.

And then there were the cables in Debbie Bliss' keyhole scarf and Mary Lynn Patrick's cape.

I suppose it should come as no surprise that Norah Gaughan would come up with a really unique shaped coat to make the cables even more interesting. After all the capecho was her design.

The magazine includes 10 additional "covers" featuring different yarn companies and the patterns are available on the site. I particularly liked these from KFI, Lion Brand and Reynolds.

Silver Palette was a section with patterns designs to celebrate the anniversary. Not all of the patterns are available yet. Some are free; some are not. Here a some that I liked that are available now from their respective sites.

I always see at least one pattern from yarn company ads that I want to make. I particularly liked the Tahki Stacy Charles' Party Favorite—probably because it's made from one of my favorite yarns, Ritratto. The pattern is free...or will be. The page of patterns isn't up, but a very, quick response from the company told me it will be available August 8.

So you can see my dilemma...