先に新しい編み物課題 (new knitting challenges ahead!)

When I’m not knitting I’m usually planning what to knit… well, actually, I’m often planning what to knit next while I’m knitting what I’m knitting now, which might explain why I often find myself tied in cable or lace ‘knots’ and do as much un-knitting as I do knitting! Anyway, much of the planning revolves around spending hours perusing projects on Ravelry in the quest to find the perfect pattern to match the latest must-knit yarn and most of my patterns are purchased as PDF downloads these days. Very convenient! Now and again though, from all the possibilities presented, a pattern plants itself in my imagination that isn’t quite so easy to get hold of.

Meet ‘#10 vest‘ the must-knit fair isle vest that I have been coveting for the past month or so…

© Ruskin. Photo from Ruskin’s lovely project on Ravelry

I’ve been itching to cast on something using the lovely Jamieson & Smith Jumper weight that we’ve had stock of for a while now and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly. The example above was knit by ‘Ruskin‘ on Ravelry – who is clearly a hugely talented knitter, her fair isle work is amazing, do check it out! I can only hope to get somewhere close to this colour perfection.

Now to the tricky bit. It’s a Japanese pattern. I am already a fan of Japanese sewing pattern books and have a small collection (although I’m yet to actually sew anything from a Japanese sewing pattern… obviously…) but Japanese knitting is ‘new’ to me. Well, of course I am aware that knitting is pretty ‘big in Japan’, all those years coveting Habu and Noro yarn are testament to that but I’d never really engaged with the notion of Japanese knitting *design* before. Oh, the power of the internet… I have been sucked in, slid down the slippery slope, fallen down the rabbit hole… The powerful combination of Ravelry, Pinterest and Etsy provided all I needed to know – as well as the right buttons to press to make this land on the door mat earlier this week…

DSC_0007Sigh…

DSC_0012Two books, both from designer ‘Kazekobo’ full of amazing fair isle and cable knits. My must-knit list just got a lot longer!

Now… pass the Japanese/english dictionary someone please – ahem

DSC_0023I feel challenges in my knitting future!!

p.s in case you are tempted to follow my trail I can highly recommend pomadour24‘s lovely etsy shop – which will easily satisfy all your japanese sewing, crochet and knitting desires 😉

7 thoughts on “先に新しい編み物課題 (new knitting challenges ahead!)

  1. Have you seen Amirisu issue Fall/Winter 2013? There’s an article on p.82 about interpreting Japanese knitting patterns. I haven’t done it myself yet but I reckon once you’ve done one Japanese pattern you’d be on your way. The bit that scares me is that there’s only one size! がんばって!

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