Ladylike Knits

Hello, everyone! My name is Amanda, and this is my first blog post as the new Yarn Intern here at Interweave. And, let me tell you, I am just pleased as punch to be here. As a recent graduate, interning at Interweave is heavenly. It's true; here at Interweave, we eat, sleep, and breathe fiber. Even better, I get to work in a place where I can not only indulge my creative passion, but spend my day with inspired, enthusiastic, and helpful people. Delightful!

Here on the inside, no one questions the value of spending days building a garment from needles and yarn. But has anyone ever asked you, "why?" When you hear the question enough times, you start to look for an answer beyond the obvious "because I enjoy it!" I'm proud of my craft, no doubt. But why I knit goes deeper. It relaxes me, sure. But more than anything, I love making handknits with lacy, feminine, details. I can't get enough of timeless patterns, like openwork shawls that look as fresh now as they did in the 1800s. I love brilliantly colored yarns in hues like wasabi and watermelon. I can't resist mohair, even if those heavenly soft fuzzies always have a way of getting into my contacts (Does anyone else have this problem?) And I love the conversations one has when knitting a pink sock by the pool in July!

Any time and always, I love to knit with ladylike details. Glory be that this summer's issue of Interweave Knits is packed with lace. My latest project is a pair of the Hourglass Lace Socks from this issue. I adore the hypnotic hourglass pattern, and can't wait to see it peeking out from a pair of peep toe heels with a sweet summer dress.

But, here's the kicker: I've never made a sock. Luckily, there is no better place to tackle something new than the halls of Interweave. Ask a question, and three people are ready with an answer. I've cast on, finished up the twisted-rib cuff, and am working through the lace chart. I also took a tip from the blogosphere and tried crossing the first two stitches. After dividing your stitches, and with the needle holding the first cast-on stitch in your left hand, slip the first cast-on stitch onto the right needle. Slip the first stitch from the needle with the working yarn onto the left needle. Problem solved! A flawless join.

Now that I've tackled this first pair of socks, I realize there's a whole universe of these pint-sized delicacies waiting to hop on my needles. Thinking about what really revs my engine helped me choose a new, challenging, project that I'm loving!

So what gets YOU going on a new project? Are you a sucker for luxury fiber, even if you're knitting a doggie sweater? Are you tempted to add waist shaping to the slubbiest sweater? Seduced by colorwork?

Or maybe, you burn with the overwhelming desire to embellish everything you knit with ruffles, a bow, or a twist of pink mohair. Nope, that one's just me?

This summer, I encourage you to play a little bit with what first drew you to the craft. Dig deeper into what makes your knitting yours. There's a project in this issue for everyone, from breezy cardigans to swingy skirts. I hope to see you knitting out there. I'll be the girl in the neon socks.

Happy Crafting,

Amanda

More inspiration to feed my blossoming sock yarn obsession. Always good to start with the classics!

Another favorite from the Interweave Knits Summer issue: the Dockside Cardigan.

I love the relaxed construction, and can see myself throwing this over everything I own. I'd love the Dockside cardi in black, or maybe a barely-there ballerina pink. It's the perfect coverup for a breezy summer night, but cozy enough to wear through the fall.

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