After finishing my sister's top, Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer
and my skirt, #12 skirt by Norah Gaughan
and before starting my Novel-T top; Novel-T by Laura Nelkin (there is a KAL by the Grocery Girls for this)
|The correct gauge for rows is very important for this sideways knit top|
and another pair of socks for Tony; FLK Heel by Sox Therapist and Fascine Braid Socks by Tiennie
|Tony picked out the raspberry color; raspberry being one of his favorite fruits|
I worked up a quick project in-between : Ammonite Potholders by Sybil R
The designer, Susanne or Sybilra on ravelry, is using short rows and intarsia to come up with the image of a lovely Ammonite.
Right off I could see that quite a bit of math was used here and this is what Sybilra said in a pm " Ja, diese Anleitung ist mathematisch/algorithmisch. Ich war kurz davor, die Anleitung auch noch in einer Art Programmiersprache (“Pseudo-Code”) zu schreiben - habe es aber dann doch nicht getan, weil es eher verwirrt … "
Translation: " Yes, the instruction is very mathematical/ algorism. I intended to write the instructions in a sort of program code (pseudo-Code)- but didn't in the end, because it would have been too confusing.."
Not to worry, her patterns and blog are mostly in English.
She has a blog " Knitting and so on" which I checked out and which is a treasure trove of unusual designs; and except for a few they are free! They go from potholders to fingerless mitts to sweaters. You can get lost checking out everything and from what I can tell, the patterns are written out clearly and easy to follow.
Here is a link to her ravelry store with its 132 (!) designs: Sybilra's ravelry store
One bonus to me: She lives not far from my hometown, Duesseldorf in Germany. Next time I go over there, we may just get together for a cup of coffee and some knitting.