Many thanks to the 100 ladies (and one husband) who made the 2012 TTC Knitalong a huge success! They raised a very respectable amount of money for Sistering, and had a blast doing it. The Torontoist even took note of their journey.
Kudos especially go to the organizers. It's a big, tough, volunteer job, and we appreciate their hard work. :-)
I think this little free pattern is a hidden gem and a great opportunity to play around with self striping yarns. It's knit with light, sock weight yarn, which make for easygoing summer projects. It's also light on the cerebral side, with just enough interest to keep you from nodding off in the heat. Add a colourful, self striping yarn like a Noro and it'll be easy entertainment. It's also a grab and go project, easy to travel with (even if you aren't going any further than your porch).
I think I would make a few stylistic modifications to the pattern:
If using a striping yarn I'd drop the big centre band, I don't think it would do anything for the design.
If I was making the 2 border bands in a contrast colour I would make it a neutral (grey or brown) with a low to medium contrast to the main colours. A high contrast is too much for my delicate sensibilities (ie. no likey black).
If using Noro Silk Garden Sock I'd choose 2 colourways and alternate every other row. Alternately, you can use 2 skeins of the same colourway and start the first from the inside and the second from the outside, and alternate every other row.
The second issue of Interweave's special publication Knit.Wear just flew in and it's offering are gorgeous! It's regrettable that the publisher didn't get it out on time (in the Spring), but there are lots of summer knits in it, the projects intended for Spring will be even nicer for Fall, and overall the designs are just damn inspiring!
Summer only just got into gear, but if you're already done with it then you are very lucky because Interweave just sent us the new Fall issue of Knitscene. Included are lots of great knits, plus an article on how to sew a zipper into a sweater (fear the zipper no more).
Wingspan is a really cute little scafy-wrap that only uses 1 skein of sock yarn! It looks equally great with self striping yarn or semi solids. You can make it I think it's both a great summer knit but also a great holiday gift - it's always nice to double end your knitting. It's also an easy knit that has a little technical interest and isn't too-too boring, and travels extremely well. Plus, the pattern is a freebie!
I love this shawl. I've been eyeing it since it started making the rounds on Pinterest, and now that it's taken off in the blogosphere I've been hearing a lot of good things about it ("Addictive" is my favourite). You can make it with sock or lace weight yarn, nothing heavy in the heat. It doesn't involve too much thought, but it isn't too boring either. Me likey!