The first is Clear by Kim Hargreaves, from her latest book Spirit.
I'm a great lover of Kim's designs, they're always simple but with a twist.
I'm knitting this with some Katia Pima Cotton bought very cheaply from my local yarn store before they closed for refurbishment. For some reason I decided to start with the sleeves - I'm not sure why - and I have one and a half done so far.
I often get bored part way through a knitting project, so like to have a couple on the go that I can switch between, which is what I'm doing at the moment.
My second project is one that I'm making up as I go along. It's a cotton cardigan - the yarn was bought from a local charity shop for the huge sum of £4.00.
This is what it looks like so far:
As you can see I'm knitting it top down. I started by casting on for the back and working to the underarms, then picking up stitches for the fronts, and working these to match. I've now joined the pieces and have a good 2 - 3 inches of the body knitted. I'm loving it so far!
The stitch pattern is so pretty, it looks like rows and rows of butterflies.
I'm planning on using stocking stitch for the sleeves for 2 reasons. One, I think the plain sleeves will contrast nicely with the patterned body, and two, I won't have to worry about shaping them and working the lace pattern at the same time! Is that being lazy or being sensible?
This will be the first time I've knitted a garment without a pattern, so it will be interesting to see if it turns out as it looks in my head!