I don’t know if it’s the Olympic fever or the heat, or the fact that EVERYONE is on holiday except me, but I cannot concentrate on anything for more than about 50 seconds.
Actually, I suspect it’s more due to the fact that the casing on my laptop has snapped, which means I can’t close the lid and thus am stuck at home (anyone have a laptop they’d like to sell me?) AND there has been building work going on in the downstairs flat FOR A MONTH. Being stuck at home — at my un-air conditioned, stuffy, noisy, nausea-inducingly drill-rattled home — sucks (seriously, I really need a new laptop, if anyone can help a girl out…). There isn’t enough lemonade in the world that can soothe my shattered nerves.
And yet, just when I thought the world had simply gathered up my pleas for help and swept them under a great cosmic carpet, the new Twist Collective arrives. [insert crowd going wild here]
I’m on a mad cardi kick at the moment — I’ve Paulie on the way off the needles, Tinder and Acer just on — so as soon as I saw Praline by Gudrun Johnston, it went straight into my queue. Obviously the pockets are excellent, but I also really like the delicate stitch pattern, which for some reason reminds me of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Elizabeth Doherty’s Tenaya is also an immediate favourite — the cuff detail is delicious. It has the same cable-and-laciness that drew me to Amy Christoffers’s Acer cardigan.
As just about everyone I known is pregnant or recently given birth, I have been spending an inordinate amount of time gazing at tiny baby patterns. I am smitten with Kristen Rengren’s Barberry. The adult version is lovely, but the child’s size is fantastic!
(I really want to mention that I love how the editors chose to show the yarn for the storyboard Tenaya and Barberry are both from, Down East, and the One Morning in Maine storyboard. I like seeing what the strands will look like, as they usually display the yarn, but there’s something very satisfying about the close-up of the fabric created. Incidentally, I just noticed that both storyboards are photographed by Carrie Bostick Hoge — I wonder if that had anything to do with it.)
As well as the great cardi collection, there are some great little jumpers (Fortune Bay, Fara), fantastic mitten patterns, some very cute shawls and wraps (Pussy Willow, Bayfield) and some incredible sock patterns (Budapest Market, I’m looking at you); too many to play favourites, but I have a sneaking suspicion Rachel Coopey’s Banach or Barbara Gregory’s Horatio and Oren will find their way onto my needles at some point.
Lest you think I don’t actually read my magazines, Sandi Rosner’s article on shaping in pattern is GENIUS. I love these technical pieces that not only help (and inspire) budding designers, but explain just what our stitches are doing.
*All images slurped from Ravelry.