It’s been very busy in the Purling household on many fronts, with little knitting and a lot of work. As usual, I’m scrambling for some stolen time to knit and write. Last night I took one night off from knitting maths and charting and cast on a skein of fingering weight yarn, aka sock yarn, which was sitting in my stash for about a year now. It’s Coolree 50% merino, 50% silk in “Tangerine” colourway, 100g/ 400m. As usual with Coolree, the colour is deep, luscious and yarn soft and delicate, so delicate in fact that it does need some attention when knitting; it is spun rather loosely and can be easily split. I don’t think “tangerine” describes the shade too well though – it’s a semi solid which varies from ruby grapefruit via rusty to deeper, old fashioned brick red. It doesn’t pool but forms splashes which remind me of brushstrokes on an oil painting.
I decided to just start knitting a shawlette and design as I go. I started the project in garter stitch to show off the yarn’s squishy softness and the play of colours. I’m using 3.5 mm circular needles and they are perfect for this project – I used 4 mm to start with but garter looked too loose and sloppy for me.
For the edging I’m thinking about a dramatic and rather complex lace, perhaps a Russian or Japanese inspiration? I’m leaning towards one of the Japanese stitches – I have seen interesting variations of fan and feather stitches so it might be one of them, I’m not sure yet. I’ll show you when I’m finished! The yarn is asking for something special. I’ll be thinking about it as I resettle Little Bird to sleep, adding yet another stitch idea to my Pinterest knitting stitch board. Do you design your own knits and crochet items, especially the simpler ones, like scarves or blankets? Do you collect stitches?