A while ago the SnB SLC Grrls decided after the first of the year we'd like to knit Elizabeth Zimmerman's Percentage Sweater (EPS) as a group (with or without a Fair Isle Yoke). The variety of ideas and yarns are as varied as the group and it's going to be very cool to encourage, support and work together. Now, while this will not be a formal KAL, you're invited to knit along with us if you like and, yes, there will be a button, but not a blog or group. I'd rather knit!
Now, as in December, is the time to decide on a yarn, knit up a swatch, and get ready for January 1, 2008, the day we'll start our project. (Of course you can always swatch in January if that works best.) In my stash is the Silky Wool that's waiting to become my EPS and I have also pulled out a couple of leftover skeins that I'll use to make up a swa-ag. A Swa-ag is a swatch that will become a bag. I (kinda) have a plan and will see how it goes as I wing my way through, trying an idea or two for the sweater.
I'm rather crazy for the gray (main body), black, cream and red combo, but perhaps another color is needed (maybe the blue?) Since the yoke pattern hasn't been decided, I'm unsure. There are several other decisions that need to be made before I begin (January 1st...did I say that already?). What type of hem should I use (picot or plain) and should said hem be knit with a contrasting color? (Which, after seeing Adrian's mitten I'm pretty sure I'll do.) Would a design on the sleeves be cool, or distracting, and which stranded pattern should I use for the yoke? There is still time for contemplation.
Knitting a stockinette swatch, in the round, is just the project needed while running around with knitting friends. Think I'll cast on today!
Tonight the SnB grrls will be at the Main Library to visit with Debbie Stoller and check out the new Stitch 'n Bitch book. Afterward, I'll be heading the airport to fetch Norma. Let the fun begin!