I'm still putting together my posts on Sydney and New Zealand, but in the meantime I've been working on several knitting designs (it's submission season for everyone's fall/winter collections). I really enjoy the process of putting together a design submission for a publication, but it does mean lots of sketching and swatching and not a lot of project-oriented knitting. It's left me itching to put a project on my needles and work from somebody else's pattern for once!
On my trip to Japan for Summer Sonic music festival last summer, I spent an inordinate amount of time in bookstores looking at Japanese knitting books (they're hard to resist). I fell in love with Michiyo's knit and crochet designs and picked out one of her books to bring back home, vowing to learn the basics of reading a Japanese charted pattern so I could knit the projects from it I was interested in. This is the book in question, and in English the title is Enjoyable Patterns Knit Daywear (or so Ravelry tells me - rav link). As we're heading into spring, I opted to knit the lacy wrap top/cardigan (S. Cardigan) pictured on the right side of the cover below, probably the first piece in the book I fell in love with.
cover image from amazon.co.jp
The boxy construction and repetitive lace pattern mean it's wonderful TV/movie knitting. I'm knitting it up with wool from my stash, some old Te Awa Natural Wools 8-ply gifted to me by my aunt. It's undyed natural New Zealand wool, and given my recent trip, it's nice to be knitting with! After learning a few basics and taking some notes, I find the chart pretty simple to work from. I'm excited about this, because it means I'll be able to knit from more Michiyo patterns in the future. Because I bought this book on my Summer Sonic trip, I've dubbed my lace top 'Summer Sonic' (サマーソニック) and you can follow my progress on Ravelry here.
MPhil student in Tromsø, Norway, fervent fiber nerd, frequent baker. I'm all about creativity. Read more here.