…so I was all set to blog about my upcoming knitting plans last Thursday. The latest issue of Knitscene had arrived in the shop and I was almost finished with Tsubasa and ready to buy yarn for my next sweater. I was planning the Bokeh Tank – not only because I love the design, but also because it suggests a mix of Shibui’s Linen and Silk Cloud. My shop was hosting a Shibui Mix party on Friday afternoon…and I had a ticket! I was going to swatch, and buy my yarn, and cast on as soon as I really did get Tsubasa finished. Last Wednesday, I looked at colors…

I made good progress on the finishing (one neckband, two side seams, two arm bands…all that remained was weaving in ends and blocking) before the Mix party – I even bought the magazine and copied the pattern. And then I went to the party. which included a trunk show. And all those best-made plans were…derailed.

Oh yeah. That Bokeh Tank is still in my queue, but it’s behind three other projects – none of which were even on my radar before Friday afternoon!  Here’s what jumped in front of the Bokeh Tank.

First up, and what I cast-on Sunday, is Coco Knits’ Anna. If you’re counting, yes, this is my third project in Shibui Heichi’s Caffeine and yes, that is what I used to knit Tsubasa. Turns out I had an extra skein and Anna only calls for five…buying just four skeins to make a sweater – which everyone told me looked great – and which will be a perfect traveling piece next month…well it was a no brainer.

Mix No 28 (c) Shibui Knits

Next up, Mix No 28. Again, what sold me was the trunk show. Trying it on (seeing how to wear that buttoned scarf three different ways) and feeling the fabric is something the pictures online just can’t do.  I think the Pebble/Linen blend might be my favorite…and it’s perfect for Spring/Summer/Fall here. I won the pattern (!!) and bought the yarn in a slightly more gray/beige than what’s shown in the pattern photo.

Belle (c) Coco Knits 2012

And finally, Belle. This is another Coco Knits piece that I’d only seen in pictures until Friday. There were two samples in the trunk show – both, I think, are pictured on the Ravelry pattern page (the purple and the apple green in Shibui Linen). Sandy (from Shibui) said it would be a great pattern for their newest Kavo, a cotton silk blend with a bit of texture, and I’m planning to use that. I did not buy the yarn for this one, but it is next up in my queue. Stay tuned. Plans are subject to change 🙂

I did get Tsubasa done. It took three days to dry, but this morning I trimmed all the ends and hung it on Madeline for a few quick photos. I’m going to Stitches South on Thursday and if I’m lucky, I’ll even get a modeled photo or two! (and no, I am not going to buy any yarn.)

What was the last pattern or yarn or anything else that derailed your knitting plans?


  • martha

    This all sounds perfectly logical to me. Love the Tsubasa! I'm sure it looks even better on you! Can't wait to see the scarf piece on you.

  • margene

    Oh my, you were taken down another track altogether! The new choices are lovely! The Hayward on working on wasn't on my radar until I saw one made up. I dropped the sweater I had on the needles and I'm now closing in on finishing Hayward. All your choices will be great summer wear.

  • Lydia

    Fortunately the trunk show was inspirational in getting my spring/summer knitting on track. I have, unfortunately, found many more patterns on Ravelry that will be great with the shibui yarns for MORE spring/summer knitting. I'm a total convert to the Shibui line now.

  • Va.

    ok, I'm convinced!
    I must knit a project with Shibui.
    I love the look of Mix No 28.
    Fun, different & great accessory piece!

  • alexa

    Golly, three days to dry? You are very patient! But with all that deliciousness around you, how,could you not be seduced?

  • Sue

    This is too funny! I was just in a yarn shop yesterday, and saw the Anna and Belle patterns! I immediately wanted to make one of them! I think I may make Anna. Have wanted to use Heichi for awhile. Needless to say, I am constantly derailed with knitting projects! It's a little better now that I don't work in a yarn shop anymore!

  • Patty

    Mary! The Mix Party is coming local Sunday and I have no time to go see it…you taunt me! These are going to be lovely projects!

  • Honoré

    Well, I can see – and understand, completely, why your plans were '"derailed." Love the white sweater with the button tie. Look fwd to seeing you model each! knit on,