How much do I love that knitting companies are always ahead of schedule? It is such optimism in the wake of snow and ice and gray which immediately lifts my spirits. The spring booklets at Berroco were just released and in a true fit of energy, I bought two from WEBS right away.
#306 Berroco Glint (link shows all patterns in this book at the Berroco website) is first up:
Glint is a new yarn for spring with, yes, just a bit of shimmer. I have not touched it yet, but it seems a pleasant mix of function and bling without too much shiny action. 80% cotton, 12% nylon, 8% metallic makes for a lovely breathing fabric. 5 stitches per inch make for some speedy knitting.
Two patterns coerced me into purchasing this booklet:
Uva is a stunning example of a classic sweater with just a bit of sassy perfection. But this next one, this one was the clincher for me:
Eartha is IT in my book. No, I will not belt it. No, I am not a size 4 and no, I am not sitting on a random lonely chair in the middle of the room contemplating the fact there are no cars left in the parking lot behind me so I am stranded. But, people, it is green and it has vertical stripes in the wide band and the pattern stitch and I love it. Love. It. I even wanted it if it wasn't green. Truly.
#307 Linsey has more wonderful spring-y-ness to show and tell:
Linsey is also a new yarn for spring and I may have to splurge on some of this. Self-striping and solid colorways in a 64% cotton, 36% linen, also 5 stitches per inch and I bet that baby has some serious drape, don't you think?
I fell in love with so many patterns in this book, I was a goner from the beginning:
Bayarri is the front of the cover sweater (which is the back on the cover). Simple intarsia and self-striping makes this a great combo.
But then there is also Josu, a welcome update to the classic drop sleeve cardigan:
Of course I fell in love with the vest, Palau (Are we surprised? No.)
A combination of the solid and self-striping versions of this yarn create Turia and, I must say, it has Kim written all over it.
Just when I couldn't love anything more, look at back cover sweater, Vives:
I agree, the yoke sweater and this one are for two different swanky occasions, so there is justification for both. Ahem. Plus, as a designer, I love to study all of Berroco's patterns. And if I get to have finished garments for myself in the process, even better.
If only the baby knitting would clip along faster...Good news there, however. I did finish all 4 sections of the baby loungers. I hope to get them blocking tonight. Whoo hoo! Just the I-cord drawstring remains in string form. A couple good no brainer shows tonight should do the trick.