After finishing Zipo I feel like I have no direction.
I knit the entire day on Sunday and have NOTHING to show for it.
The beginning…I was so innocent
I started out knitting the 2 color socks — Peony Garden by Hand Jive Knits. Very pretty socks and I’ve always wanted to do 2 color socks. I got gauge and knitted along for about 2 inches. They looked a little small — and boy were they. They could just barely get around my heel. I really liked the look of the yarn at that gauge, so I need to either adjust the pattern or use a different yarn.
Onto the next project
I’ve been dying to make something out of Lavold Silky Tweed. I stopped by Loop and picked up a sweater’s worth in green. I’m doing an in-the-round bottom-up sweater with a knitted in hem. But once I got done with the hem I stalled. I think I want to do a princess seam and I haven’t decided how I want to knit that part. So that one went into the basket.
I thought this would be a breeze. Ribbed socks — it doesn’t get much simpler than that. I knit the toe and a couple inches of the foot and decided this yarn wanted to be something more than a ribbed sock.
Damn yarn and its grand plans.
And then there were 4…
So then…I decided to cast on for the Wavy Lace Shawl from the Fall VK. I cast on, knitted the setup row, and knit for another 10 rows. I kept thinking there was nothing wavy about this pattern. Finally I realized I started knitting the edging — which is knitted on AFTER you knit the center wavy part. So I had to rip out all of that work.
After all this non-progress I’ve been daydreaming about new projects.
Here’s where I get a little crazy
The vest is Snowflakes and Arrows. I love the look and I’m really excited because it doesn’t have any sleeves to knit! Of course, there’s absolutely nothing in my stash that would work for this.
Then there’s Shana’s Anastasia sweater. I love the details — the way the ribbing falls right into the cables, and the 3/4-length sleeves. It’s knit out of worsted weight yarn so I have lots of stash options.
Who wants to knit from their stash though when there’s so much cool yarn to be had?
Then there’s THE BOOK. This book is so good that I want to devote a whole post* to it. Seriously — it’s THAT good. I don’t think there’s a klunker pattern in the whole book. There are 2 tree skirts (one stranded and one cabled), christmas stockings, a tablecloth, a lace shawl, a stranded cape/wrap, a gansey, lace stockings (the kind you wear), beaded wire votives, stuffed animals, cabled socks, mittens, gloves, hats…you name it. This may be my favorite pattern book purchase for the year.
Then, just when I think I’m as overloaded I possibly could be, Rachael goes and posts about her damn aran and now I want to design one too. Rachael it’s gorgeous, but you’re killin me here.
*and I will do a lengthier post just about this book, but now that the sun is going down earlier in the day I can’t take pics until the weekend.