Do you knit what you love to wear? Or do you knit things you aspire to wear? I think my love of lace shawls stems from my love of dressing up in formal gowns and sparkly jewelry. But I hardly ever have the occasion to dress up, so maybe it is all just wishful thinking.
I'm starting to work on my Fall designs (as always, a bit late to the game!) and I have decided I'm going to make at least two sweaters that I will wear on a regular basis. I almost want to post a sign up in my office that says DESIGN WHAT YOU WILL WEAR. It seems so simple, but actually somewhat difficult for me! Sadly most of the sweaters I have designed have gone off to magazines and I don't get to see them again. But I'm changing; last night I cast on for a cardigan that I dreamed of over a year ago. The design has gone through several yarn and stitch pattern changes, but the heart of the design has stayed the same. Easy to wear silhouette with an interesting stitch pattern. In only a couple hours I have the back piece knitted up to the waist, so hopefully this one will fly off the needles.
Back to things I love but don't wear often, here is a new design in the testing stages. I've had this laceweight blue silk yarn in my stash for awhile, waiting patiently for just the right design. I designed a beaded lace shawl worked in three sections. It uses a lovely EstoniaHere is a sneak peek of Ciara Shawl.