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On the Needles

I am battling a nearly overwhelming case of startitis. I want to cast on everything in my queue all at once. (This might explain has no ranking of which object I intend on knitting first.) Consulting ravelry against the mental reckoning of my (limited) stash a few times a day has become my coping mechanism. Once I am sure that I do in fact have enough yarn for that sweater and those mittens or perhaps that wee toy, I am somewhat satiated, but not enough. I am chomping at the bit to get a few projects off my needles so that I might start more.

I am neither exclusively a process nor a product knitter. I am both. I knit to make warm woolly garments for myself and those I love, and I thoroughly enjoy every minute of it (mostly). Usually I finish projects off at a pretty good clip, but I think because I have had everything I am working on on the needles for longer than usual, I can’t help but fantasize about the potential in winding a brand new ball of yarn. So why don’t I? Partially because I am a knitter of limited means and I only have so many needles. Unfortunately, most of the things I am working on and most of the things I would like to begin require the same needles. Buying more is not an option. Also, I am so close to finishing all of them.

At this moment in time, I am about 2/3 of the way through every project I have underway.

First, since I haven’t been very good about updating you on the scarf’s progress, the Linen Stitch Scarf.

I have still been putting about an inch a day on it, despite my lack of updates. As you can see, I am in danger of running out of the lighter colored yarn. I only have four more rows left to knit with that color. However 4 rows at 375 stitches each is 1500 stitches, so you can see why I might be worried. I will make it work. There are only 19 more rows and a bind off to finish this scarf. I feel like I could finish it today, and I probably could if I had nothing else going on at all, and my hands didn’t give out. Unfortunately, today is starting to look pretty full (especially considering I have a class to teach tomorrow, yikes!) And then there’s the problem that after about ten rows, my hands start to get sore. In reality, this will probably be bound off and blocked on Friday, but that doesn’t stop my overzealous mind from thinking I can do it today.

My current favorite project, the one I want to finish so I can wear, and I want to knit with all the time because the yarn is so delicious (being Valley Yarns Sheffield) is the Vignette cardigan from Knitty.

I have all three of the body pieces done. In the photo they are placed as they would be if there were sewn up, and they do look quite attractive despite not being blocked. I only have the sleeves to knit, and I cannot wait to get started on them. My limited knitting needles are getting in my way again, because the needles I need to start the sleeves are currently in the scarf above. (This, of course, is not completely true. I have plenty of size 8 needles running around that I could use for sleeves knit flat. The truth is that I have been using my knitpicks interchangeable needles for the Vignette so far, and must continue using them on the sleeves, because they are my best needles. Plus, it is incentive to finish the scarf asap.)

And of course, I am working on the second striped pajama sock. I just started the heel last night. This is my designated car knitting (when I am not driving), so it is going pretty slow. Usually when I hit this point, I remove the sock from my purse and bang it out in an evening or two, but pretty much everything else is on the back burner until the scarf is done. Like many other knitters, I am almost always working on a sock. Though I tend not to hoard sock yarn. I buy a skein, knit a pair of socks, then find another pretty skein and start over. I have just dyed my the yarn for my next pair (which are for me)–a test skein for a new sock yarn line at the shop. You’ll know more when they are dry.

Last night I washed this:

A bright and beautiful skein of Cormo Rustica. The yarn came from Juniper Moon Farm. It was a special yarn spun from Susie’s cormos. It’s a little rough and there is quite a bit of veg matter still in it, and just the slightest whiff of lanolin. Washing it plumps it up just a bit and gets rid of most of the left over lanolin. It is gorgeous stuff. I am just lucky Susie put it on super sale the day before my birthday, made it affordable (for me) and a no-brainer birthday gift. This lovely skein is going to become a swatch for Skelf by Ysolda Teague. (Little Red in the City was also a birthday gift.) And surprisingly, I am not going to dye it. The last thing this klutz should be thinking about is a white sweater, but this yarn just doesn’t need dyeing.

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Fantasy Knitting

As the Christmas knitting deadline looms and I slowly work down the number of projects I have to do (3 1/2!), my desire to dive into the sweaters I have been longing to knit for myself grows constantly more difficult to deny. This morning, I gathered up all my works in progress and next in line to-be-knitted patterns just to admire them. Once I had the patterns out, I had to match them up to yarn. Now, I don’t have a huge stash, but I had just enough yarn to do each of these patterns.

In October, I fell in love with Amy Herzog’z design in Knitty. The Vignette Cardigan.

I ordered Valley Yarns Sheffield as the pattern calls for, in a lovely chocolate brown. I knit the back while on a weekend trip with my siblings. And that is as far as I have proceeded in the pattern because the immediate need of my family for wintery goods like mittens and scarves took priority.

About a week ago, I cast on this top-down sweater of my own design out of my Pteranodon Yarn. It’s 100% Merino and so much fun to knit with. And yes, there will be a pattern once I finish it.

I call this colorway porcini, like the mushroom. It’s going to be such a comfortable sweater when it’s finished, though you can see I have barely even started on it. Christmas knitting.

And now for sweaters I have yet to even cast on

(Disclaimer: The order in which these sweaters are listed in no way indicates the order in which they will be knit)

Over the past couple of months, I have kind of developed an obsession with making something out of lace weight yarn. I have never used it before, and I love the idea of using it to make a sweater. I am (obviously) in a sweater knitting place, like the idea of a versatile, light weight, delicate, lacy garment. Looking through my pattern books, I came across Stefanie Japel’s Glam Knits.

I find the lace pattern on the Lace Panel Tunic enchanting, and it seems to fit my criteria for a lace sweater. It will be out of my Oviraptor lace weight yarn out of the plum colorway, as pictured.

Then of course there is virtually viral Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits

Which I paired with Knit Picks Swish Worsted in the Lost Lake Heather colorway. This looks so comfy. I want to knit all of the sweaters in this book, and I don’t think that’s an uncommon sentiment.

Finally, I had kind of a Gollum moment when Knit Picks released the Uptown Chic e-Book earlier this year. Another book where I want to knit everything. (Only I would make the gloves mittens. I have already established that I loathe knitting fingers.)

The Burnside Tunic is right up my alley. (Though I do wish there was just a touch more to the sleeves.) I am using the called for yarn, oddly enough in the called for colorway. (This is extremely rare for me. I am all about the substitutions.)

And just for fun, and because I had the yarn, I decided to knit the Division Street Scarf from Uptown Chic as well. In Wool of the Andes Bulky in Blackberry.

Is there anything you can’t wait to get started on?