I finally finished the Seaport Skirt from Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan. I knitted the skirt in the yarn the pattern called for and I’m very happy with the design and fit. The cables definitely encourage the “skirt to hug in all the right places (and forgive in all the others), resulting in a fit that is flattering and comfortable.”
At the same time, I’ve been working on Trapezoid, a design by Kirsten Johnstone for Shibui Knits http://www.shibuiknits.com. The pattern called for Shibui Merino Alpaca, but I decided to knit with Filatura’s Zara 8. Knitting in a twisted stockinette stitch using Zara 8, visually creates a fabric of texture and dimensionality. I’m trying to decide whether I’m going to complete the sleeves in a 2 x 1 rib using sock yarn as the pattern suggests, or finish the garment as a vest. On one of my shopping for yarn days, I found Ella Rae sock yarn, a wonderful compliment to the garment, if I decide to incorporate the sleeves.