Johanna twice

Just under the wire for 2011, here we are wearing Johanna.  Juliet's in her black and white randomly striped version and I'm in the very textural diamond brocade – or winter lace as I've come to think of it.  Both have been knit with Quince & Co.'s delightful chickadee wool.

Pattern will be posted on Ravelry by tomorrow – if the Fates allow – though I'll likely toast its launch tonight!  I just can't wait.

Thank you family, friends, and Ravelry fans, for inspiration, motivation, and support.  It's been a fun year of happy knitting.

Winter lace?

Here's a peek at my next piece, Johanna, named for my grandmother's grandmother.  

I just love the delicate texture of this diamond brocade that feels like lace to me without the holes.  Juliet and I collaborated on the sweater design, but she wanted stripes – random   stripes! and although her wish is my command I feared random stripes might intimidate prospective knitters especially in light of shaping and buttoned cuffs. (I'll admit to being a bit intimidated myself!)  So I've made her version first, serving the groundwork for dimensions and sizing.  It looks fabulous on her and we'll certainly get a picture during our next photo shoot.  Meanwhile my work continues, happily, on this – aiming for a December pattern launch. Stay tuned!