I have a tradition of casting on a new project on Christmas eve. I have been doing it for years, and it is sort of my Christmas gift for myself. It can be absolutely anything, but it has to be something for myself, that is the only requirement. And the Christmas eve cast on for 2018 was the Ixchel, which was possibly the most gorgeous pattern published in 2018. It is made by Catherine Clark, and was published in Pom Pom Quarterly, issue 26, the 2018 Autumn issue. It is available both as a printed magazine and in a digital version.
Anyway, as so many others I completely fell in love with it when I saw it, and I hurried to dye up some yarn for it. And I got to tell you, it is a rather fun knit, even though it does require a bit of focus while knitting (skip the thrilling movies while knitting this, is my advice). At the same time it is not as difficult as you might think. The entire pattern consists of smaller chunks of diagrams, that all have a written instruction as well. And if you should mess up a little, each pattern report is not too long so it is not too daunting to fix it. At the same time, should you make a smaller error that really doesn’t affect the rest of the pattern, you can just leave it in. It is a busy pattern, and nobody will be able to tell anyway. 😉
Right now, a couple of weeks after cast on, having sporadicly knit on this project, I have passed the separation of the arms, and am working my way down the rest of the body. I am thinking I will make it longer than the original, more like a sweater-dress, if I have enough of the navy yarn. I would love to make it long enough to wear with tights. But it will probably be one of my absolute favorite garments this winter either way, and I really look forward to finishing and wearing it.
I’m not sure how long this project will take, but I am hoping to have it done before the end of January at least.
What are you making right now?