There are some projects — especially when trying to weave self published work into the deadlines of publication work — that seem to languish. This is one of those. It sat still on the dress form for months with a missing sleeve. I’m sure some of you remember pics of it on my IG feed from time to time when it was still fresh and growing stitch by stitch. Well, I bucked down, finished the sleeve, and wrapped up the last lines of the pattern.
Lettlopi. What a yarn. I’ve actually never worked with it before (GASP) but when I saw some pics of it on the feed of the oh so talented and lovely Amy Christoffers (Savory Knitting) my heart skipped a beat. 12 skeins arrived soon after and I had a meticulous plan as usual. I don’t know why I couldn’t get through that sleeve or why as I stared at the armless thing week after week it began loosing it's appeal. I almost frogged the whole thing! I told the hubby of my moderately insane plan and he let out one of those sighs that sounds like it’s coming from another realm, pressed forward from a place deep and primal. It was enough to snap me out of it and the sleeve was finished by nightfall. Funny thing is, now that I’ve finished, I haven’t been able to take it off. I threw it on to snap a few photos and even with still slightly damp spots and unwoven ends hanging from the sleeves, I’ve managed to sport it around the house for the rest of the evening. Lettlopi. Such a strange and fantastic yarn.
SO — now what to call her?? Lettlopi Locusta? The colorwork does feel a bit like locusts to me. Or, what about Tulipano Tunic? I might be stuck in a loop of alliteration here. Let me know if you have any brilliant ideas. As for the publication date for this, I’m looking way out to late autumn. The tail end of this year is insanely busy for me, so I’m not throwing out any solid dates and my editor already has a pullover to get back to me on a deadline with a slew of other work (so she’s honestly just doing me a solid by getting that one done!).
As for the lineup, October is heavy — Elemental Knits is still queued up to hit the shelves in October and is currently available for pre-order (woo hoo!) — and I’ll be at Rhinebeck this year with Mae and the hubs in tow. You can find me signing books in the Merritt Books tent at the event so if you’re there and you see me, stop and SAY HELLO!! And finally, The Armatura Pullover pattern will also be released with the Supportive Skein for the whole month of October.
I would say I’m looking forward to the calm of the holiday season but we all know that’s just crazy talk.