Well, in a few days anyway. Details here (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/Default.asp). I've just placed an order for it at Get Knitted.
I always find that the autumn/winter issues have designs I'm more attracted to. This issue has new patterns from Kate Gilbert (of Clapotis fame), Annie Modesitt and Kathy Zimmerman, amongst others. Can't wait to see them.
I find I'm the same Hecate. Although we obviously know knitted garments can be worn in any season and there is a ton of summer yarn and patterns out there, for me when I think of a knitted garment I think of something warm and snug, something for the winter. Maybe its because I'm a fan or more autumnal colours too.
...Maybe its because I'm a fan or more autumnal colours too.
Absolutely. Those are my colours too.
I'm not a fan of pure cotton - the standard summer yarns. I typically find it unpleasant to work with. While I love the lacey, open patterns of many summer garments, I prefer to knit them in a heavier gauge wool or wool mix, so they'd be more suitable for the Autumn.
I don't tend to like many of the yarns from the Spring/Summer collections either. for example, I wasn't fond of the Rowan yarns which had the metalic fibre running through them (I think the pattern collection was called 'Midas Touch'). It seemed a little too 80s for me.
I like working with pure cotton. I don't know why, I just find it seems to sit well with me. Althought lately anything I make just doesn't seem to end well, it's either too big/small or I just plain don;t like it. In fact, I can't think of anything I've made that I've actually kept for myself...most of them have been given to people that fit into them.
As for substituting yarns, I'm hopeless at that! I've resigned myself to just paying out for the yarn that the patterns call for.
I don't tend to like yarns with metallic fibres in them, in fact I don't tend to like most of the novelty yarns either.
Is everyone enjoying the weather today? It's slightly better...sunny and not raining at least. I was so annoyed when I found out my week off work was to be filled with rain!
I do like the end product of knitting with cotton yarn, but I just find the process a bit trying. It isn't as flexible as wool-based yarn and I find it seems to show up the tiniest mistake, for example when the plies get overly-twisted or unravel a little. I suppose it's the disadvantage of the lovely stitch definition you get with cotton.
As for the yarn substitution, if the pattern specifies pure cotton I'd probably go for a wool/cotton mix of the same (or very similar) gauge; one where I don't have to alter anything too drastically and where I know the drape will be the same. I think I was a bit misleading in the previous post when I said I'd go for a heavier gauge to make the iten more suitable for colder weather. What I meant was that I'd try to find a similar pattern where that sort of yarn is specified. I don't mind yarn substitution, but I wouldn't want to substitute anything which is massively different fron that specified; too scarey!
As for novelty yarns, I agree. I've seen some patterns where they can look rather nice, as perhaps a subtle edging on a bag, a scarf or around the cuffs of a jumper. Whole garments made out of them are a major no-no for me though.
I prefer this cooler weather, though I could live without the rain. I really can't function in the heat - it makes me grumpy. Worse - I don't feel like knitting when it's hot either!
Just received my copy of the Fall 'Interweave Knits' (I pre-ordered mine from Get Knitted before they'd received their stock). There are some really nice patterns to keep you busy during the dark evenings, especially if you're into knitting cables.
I'm especially taken with the Saffron Cables blanket and the Wanderlust Hoodie. The Swallowtail Shawl is gorgeous too and, of course, I really like the Father and Son Socks.
I got mine from Get Knitted today as well (and the pen)
I liked the blanket too. Also liked the add about the Soy yarn! Looks interesting