Summer is not even over yet and the stores and starting to show signs that school is approaching. Although that brings just a tiny glimmer of happiness in my heart, because mommy needs a break, I do wish the stores would slow it down a bit. But what really did bring me a lot of joy was the newest issue of Vogue Knitting International Early Fall 2011. I have to admit, sometimes I pick this magazine up and put them right back on the rack. Don’t get me wrong I love all things knitting but I’m kind of picky, and sometimes my picky-ness is non specific and random at best. This time, I picked up and it magically stuck to my hands and floated right into my basket along with my other purchases. Some projects for the boys, and some supplies for a light tent. Yes a light tent. I decided I was going to make my own. I found a simple tutorial online to create an inexpensive light tent.
Okay so, vogue’s main feature was mohair. I have to admit, I’ve never knitted with mohair. I will have to review my yarn stash, but I believe that I am sans mohair. But what I do have is seven cakes of Moda Vera Boulevard (62% Wool 27% Soya 11% Acrylic). A really good friend of mine brought them to me from her trip to Singapore. I’ve had them for a while and never really knew what I could make with them. Which brings me to this magazine again. yeah okay so it’s not mohair but it’s lace weight and it has the same fluffly like look to it. I’m thinking light airy shrug. VK had a mohair contest, the challenge was to make the most of it’s ethereal properties, and I must say the top winners came up with some really pretty things, I do like Laura Zukaite’s patterned lace dress, but my favorite was Lynette Meek’s diaphanous sheath and wrap set. She created the garment with undyed yarn and then hand painted on the finished pieces. Beautiful. I suggest you go out and pick up a copy and check it for yourself. pssst, you can always look at the winners of the Mohair Magic contest online.
I’ll have to post again about this Boulevard in the future and let you know what I come up with. I guess I’ve avoided the mohair because a lot of my knitter sister’s they’ve tried and weren’t big fans. It shed’s, it itches, and it hard to frog when frogging is necessary. I’m scared really, but I think the end result will be very ethereal and pretty. Wish me luck.