Yarn: Feeling the love

It's been a fallow summer stitch-wise. The novelty of vegan dining and cooking along with a summer of large writing projects distracted me from the simple joys of dreaming about sweaters and shawls and occasionally putting needle or hook to work. That and a devilish rayon yarn that somersaults off needles and into drop stitches at the least provocation. While it's the perfect thing for the project, it's a spiteful, difficult string that's caused no end of tsouris.

Recently, though, the chill morning air and a spate of new magazines and books has fanned old embers into flames. The pretty thing pictured above, Julia Vaconsin's Big Bow Cardigan, which made its first appearance in the Winter 2008 Interweave Crochet, is just one of the pieces that's helped cure the malaise. (It graces the cover of the newly released, The Best of Interweave Crochet.)

Stephen West's shawls continue to inspire. His use of texture and color along with how he's reimagined "wingspan," well it just makes a girl want to cast on and on and on.

And look at what Knitty's gone and done: Julia Farwell-Clay's Takoma Cardigan is so tantalizing (as are her boots!), you'd knit the thing in the cold mist just for one cuddle.

'Tis the season.

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