It was just too depressing to deal with the end of the Winter Olympics and this year’s American Birkebeiner race all at the same time, so I’m keeping the flame burning a bit longer by starting this Lane Borgosesia drapey cardigan to remind me of Torino, of Marco, of snowy Italian Alps, of Marco, of men in tights, and a certain bitchy Italian figure skater on her ass on the ice.
I saw this sweater modeled at last summer’s Stitches Midwest conference in Chicago, and it reignited my love affair with this Italian company’s designs and yarns.
I’ve chosen a rich, mossy green in Lane’s ‘Merinos Sei’ yarn – 100% extra fine merino wool. It’s a light and bouncy aran weight that will be perfect for our long, chilly spring season that can easily drag out until June.
Progress reports to come . . .
Over the weekend, I also started a smaller project – a pair of baby booties from a pattern by Cat Bordhi. They are constructed in one of Cat’s typical and unusual techniques, from the toe up and completely seamless.
For this project, I’ve chosen a French yarn from my stash: Laines Anny Blatt, 85% wool and 15% cashmere in a creamy, winter white (a yarn that is probably discontinued and that, fellow knitters, is a cryin’ shame because this stuff feels like whipped butter).
The booties are turning out a bit larger than I anticipated, but with no actual recipient in mind, that’s OK. Even for a child old enough to be walking, this “bootie” could easily function as a warm sock tucked into a first pair of shoes.
Cat calls these “Baby Life-Ring Socks,” and it’s one of the free patterns available on her website.