After so many bulky projects and quick accessories, I'm ready to get back to a finer weight knit. Ravello was gifted to me by the lovely Isabell Kraemer.
Just look at her design page! She creates the coolest stuff. Anyway, Ravello has been at the top of my queue. It's perfectly casual. There are stripes, color, a breezy fingering weight for my climate, and it's oversized. I'm knitting a size 37" hoping for a nice amount of ease.
Knitting with more ease is still a newish concept to me. For most of my knitting years it's been all about fitted. In fact, I noticed that I'm trying lots of new things lately: summer-weight blends, a boxy fit, an asymmetrical hem, knitted bottoms, new color combos, and possibly a cropped sweater .
Stripes and tweeds will always be a favorite of mine, but I am using an orange and blue color combo in Stroll Tweed that I've never tried- firecracker, baltic, and prussian. It's so hard to veer from what you know you love to find out if you might love something else too, but it is getting easier.
I also tried a traveling jogless stripe. At each color change, I move the beginning of round marker over one stitch to the left. On the next round, I slip the first st and knit on as usual until the next color change. You can see where the beginning of the round was at the white marker, to where it has travelled at the black. It's pretty much seamless and smooth. There isn't the inevitable tightness I usually get at jogless color changes.