I've also started on Trellis, but I'm changing it a bit so that it fits ME! I plan on adding waist shaping, and changing the sleeves to be set-in sleeves. I really like the pattern, but I kind of hate the yarn I'm using.
ajoursteek, I feel your pain on the twisted stitch. That really pulls my wrists out of whack for awhile.
Lately, I've been really restless while knitting. My solution, apparently, is to just keep starting new projects. Right now, I've got: I Do (half done) Bad Penny (mostly done, but need to frog back to armpits) Cable Shrug from the Holiday 04 VK (I thought I would like it, but so far, it's just ...eh) Trellis (upsized for me) Seed Stitch Jacket from Winter VK (seed stitch is really boring!) Sitcom Chic for my mom (also boring) Felted Furry Foot Warmers from SNBN Candy Stripers laptop bag from SNBN
AND I'm still considering some other projects! When will it end?!
How about the rest of you? Do you have many WIPs? How do you deal?
Edited to add: I'm thinking about casting on for the lace leaf pullover in the current IK today. Somebody stop me!
I've never actually made something from one of the Adriafil patterns, but I'm about to start a couple of their jackets and I've read through the patterns. I said all that to say: take what I'm saying w/ a (large) grain of salt.
What I like about a lot of the Adriafil patterns is that, though the instructions are there and seem clear enough, you are not given row-for-row instructions (unless there is a particular stitch pattern). There seems to be a lot less handholding going on than there is in a lot of American patterns I've seen. I don't know if you've downloaded any of the patterns, but most of them are only one page, including schematics! Now, I'm not the most experienced knitter by any means. I just picked it up last fall, and I'm currently slogging through my first sweater. (Mariah -- I love it!) I guess I just like the challenge of trying to do it myself, without instructions leading me through every row. This may not appeal to everyone, though.
Also, I had never noticed that they don't have difficulty ratings. Personally (just my opinion!), I kind of think ratings are a load of you know what. If you want to make something, but don't yet have a particular skill, you just figure it out, you know? It's how you get better.
btw, I hope this didn't come off sounding harsh or preachy. Totally not my intention.
Thanks for the suggestions. I was a little wary about making something to match the jacket, because I normally don't go in for matching outfits. (Usually, I try to clash as much as possible. I know I'm weird. ). But I actually think a hat in the same color could look okay. Also, I found the burly spun for $8.50!!!! WooHOO! That's by far the best price I've seen. I went ahead and ordered 6 hanks. I don't know how long it will take to get to me, but I've got a lot of projects queued up already, so I guess it doesn't matter that much. If anyone else is interested, check out alpacafleece.com.
So, I got my magazine today. I'm wondering about the yarn requirements. I think I will make a size small based on the bust measurement (39"), but I will need to lengthen the sleeves a LOT (lest I end up looking like the model who's wearing this jacket in the Holiday VK). Should I go ahead and get an extra hank? I don't want to end up with a lot of extra because 1) what would I make with only a hundred or so yards, and 2) I'm trying to keep costs as low as possible. What would ya'll do?