dreaming of knitting

in the last week or two I’ve been asked if I gave up knitting or just moved on. just the opposite. I don’t blame anyone for thinking this, since this blog has been about quilting left and right for the last few months. the knitting just hasn’t happened because a) I’m experiencing some shoulder and wrist pain (waiting on a dr’s appt) and b) frankly, I haven’t been excited by any of the patterns I’ve seen in the magazines.
I have been daydreaming about knitting something out of ori ami knits once I can get my grubby hands on a copy (and my arm is feeling better). these are the patterns I have been looking for, a little bit edgy with interesting construction and unexpected details. I don’t need patterns for things I can simply get at the store, I rather spend my time making something unique. I might also be looking for an excuse to visit habu; all the patterns in the book feature their yarns, sometimes combining different fibers.
I was lucky enough to be asked to help edit some of the writing, so I got a sneak peek of all the patterns. vanessa did an amazing job with the photography. the landscape looks lush and magical. you can tell that olga, kirsten, and vanessa love habu yarns because the designs work perfectly with the yarn. none of them feel forced or gimmicky. the sizing is pretty generous, it ranges from 32-50″ on every pattern.
some of my favorite pieces are:

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the rhombus wrap knit in aresco (cotton). I think it would be quicker to state what I don’t love (there isn’t anything!). the yarn combined with the stitch pattern makes it look rustic, but the shaping is so modern. I love that you can wear it different ways, making it a versatile piece. I can see myself wearing it with jeans or skirts.

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the duplicity pullover. this is one of those duh moments. I’ve been wanting to play with layering and of course olga goes and does it better than I could have. the tsugumi silk and stainless steel create the perfect fabric; part of the sweater looks transparent while the other part has a rich texture. I basically want to knit it in the exact yarns and colors.

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I’ll admit it, knit skirts scare the hell out of me. but, those pockets! I have to have those pockets. the airfoil skirt is knit in tsugami silk and paper moire; the fabric looks so rich. I can definitely see olga’s sewing skills influencing the tailoring. the way you can wear the ‘pockets’ in different ways reminds me of something issey miyake or commes des garcons would create. the question is, am I sophisticated enough to wear it?

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the japonica cravat reminds me of this earring and necklace set I bought at the last minute for a wedding. I was suckered in by the tiny knitted metal stitches. I wore the set once and then never again. if the necklace looked half as dramatic as this cravat I would wear it all the time. I’m pretty much ready to order up some silk wrapped stainless steel and knit myself this gorgeous neckpiece.
I posted photos of all the projects in the extended entry, including the two bonus patterns you receive if you pre-order the book by may 1st. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like the gills tank before, which uses the drape and stretch of bamboo perfectly. I want to take the little flowers from the vespertine necklace and use them in a mini quilt. and with that, I just got an awesome idea for the bee I’m in! now I just need to figure out how to find the time and energy to knit all these projects.

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  • grumperina April 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    These patterns are so innovative! I can’t wait for the book to come out.

  • erin April 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing about this book. The’re stylish wearable designs.

  • KittyKitty April 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    What a great write up about Olga and Vanessa’s book. The patterns are really great. I so hope your arm starts to feel better.

  • Lisa April 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    This looks like a terrific book – I love the some of the deconstructed looking pieces.

  • Diana April 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    There are some really different patterns in here – things I’d expect to see at a high-end shop instead of in a knitting book. Great write up 🙂

  • Oiyi April 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I have been seeing these patterns on Ravelry and really dig the style. I didn’t know where to order these until now. Thanks!
    I like seeing all your quilting projects. It’s your blog and you can talk about anything you want. 🙂

  • Seanna Lea April 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I see what you mean about the bamboo top. It has a wonderful drape about it (and it is really apparent why it is called gills).
    Thanks for the reminder that I wanted to get this book!

  • Amanda Elizabeth April 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    mmmm this stuff is GORGEOUS!

  • Monet April 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    That ruffle neck dress is beautiful…I was wondering about your knitting myself, but I think you are such an amazing quilter that I was happy to see it as a focus of your blog 🙂

  • Virginia April 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Some of those patterns are really awesome, but I’m absofruitly LOVING the duplicity pullover. MUST HAVE THE BOOK.
    It took me reading your caption for that photo a couple of times before I realized that the red ruffly bits weren’t a shirt underneath the pullover.
    Really cool sweater. Really cool. It’s set my little head spinning off in 50 different directions. Hmmm