Exciting? Yes! Affordable? ... not for me. With the Canadian dollar and shipping from England factored in, the book alone will cost $33.00 plus shipping (so likely closer to $60). I would love to own the book but am also mindful of all of the other patterns I already own and the accompanying stash of yarn I seem to have accumulated. Instead, I am going to do a 'shadow' year of techniques, selecting patterns I already own that incorporate the technique of the month. If I don't have a pattern with the specific technique, then I will choose one that can be modified to incorporate it.
First up was 'helical stripes' - essentially one stripe chases the other, never catching up to eliminate jogs or seams. The pattern is for arm warmers, so I cast on using gauge for fingering weight yarn and knit up some generic armwarmers with a thumb gusset and ribbing at top and bottom. Yarn is Noro Silk Garden sock.
April's technique is intarsia, with a gorgeous shawl by Bristol Ivy, Brambling Shawl. I have a pattern for a garter stitch cowl called Ice Maiden. Mine will be less icy and more 'red wine', but garter and intarsia together is fun!
I am using stash yarn for this - Malabrigo Arroyo and Ultra Alpaca Light. Feels good to dig into the stash and try new things at the same time.
I also have a cardigan on the go for a Baby Cocktails KAL. It's Rye, knit with Ultra Alpaca Tonal. I love the stitch pattern and it's going quite quickly. One sleeve done, another about a third of the way. Great tv knitting with a 4-row pattern that's easy to memorize and 'read' on the needles.
Also hoping to finish last year's summer tee - started about a year ago. Lots on the go, but I am hoping to finish all by mid May, just in time to start the next technique!