Azami was a beautifully-written pattern and a pleasure to knit. It's a too dark now for a real beauty shot--I'll post a few action shots soon. I knit the pattern as written, but decided to omit the hood and finish the neck without a collar.
It is avery, very difficult for me to put down a project when I have Soft Linen on the needles. It has the crispy-ness I love about wooly yarns (from the linen and wool) and the softness and drape of the other yarns (from the linen and alpaca). Soft Linen just wants to be exactly whatever I happen to be knitting.
Soft Linen is also the yarn that I used to design my very first original sweater, Wisteria (CEY Spring 2011). It is a simple, yoked peasant top with a cinched waist and flared sleeves. Stay tuned...
Corona is also seamless. It isn't that I don't like finishing, I'm just always amazed that anyone can knit a garment to fit the human body in one fluid stretch. The original pattern is entirely in stockinette with eyelet details at the raglan increases. To make the knitting more interesting, I've added a vandyke leaf panel down the right front and back. I'm aiming to complete Corona by the end of the month...we shall see.
And finally, in this sprint to catch up on my knitterly happenings, have you seen my Kumara Diamond Cap from the CEY web-letter? I adore this one-skein cap and have already knit two.
I have a plain cream colored pea coat and a black and white houndstooth pea coat. Before the winter began I was determined to would have a red cap to go with both coats this year. I also wanted to design a hat for adventurous beginners. The knit/purl stitches create a lovely diamond pattern that is far greater than the individual stitches. The double decreases neatly work into the pattern, creating a star on top of the cap.
Today a Raveler cast on the 40th cap. I have really enjoyed watching Ravelers make this cap and then make it again. Thanks to everyone who has posted pictures!