Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Next Thing

I've been finding this whole "yarn diet" thing a bit frustrating lately. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy with the projects I've got going on the needles now (all 2 of them!), but it's in my nature to always look ahead to the next thing. Not only am I thinking about future projects in terms of patterns, but I'm also looking at new yarn to go with it.

For instance, still riding the high of my garment success with Colette, I'm really, really, really, really, really tempted to knit a cardigan for myself. Really. Tempted. Especially since it's been unseasonably cold here (UNDERstatement!), every time I reach into my closet for a sweater, I think "I should really knit myself a decent cardigan".

Patterns options abound: Pretty much anything by Laura Chau (I'm particularly smitten with Amelia and the Monday Morning Cardigan though. Oh! And the B-Side Cardigan, and... well, you get the idea), the Dollar and a Half Cardigan, this Phildar pattern (which I don't have the pattern for but have the perfect red yarn for in the stash!), Cardigan Come, Broderie (Holy Crap! I'd COMPLETELY forgotten about that one! Drooooooool. Oh Connie Chang Chinchio, how I love you). Oh, and did you see that the lovely and talented Anne Hanson has sweater designs now?!?! *Sigh*

But, and here's the part where I'm a crazy person, I don't have the right yarn in the stash for any of these patterns (minus the Phildar pattern, of course).

I'll give you a minute to stop laughing and wipe your eyes, and then we can continue our discussion.

See, I don't just want a cardigan in a solid yarn, I want a cardigan in an almost-solid yarn. Think Dream in Color, or Lorna's Laces Nearly Solid, or more specifically Tanis' fabulous, scrumptious, devilishly-tempting Jewel colourway yarn, oh-so-conveniently available in laceweight, fingering, DK and Aran weight yarns.


I'm also really, really, really, really into lace right now (which is probably why it's taking every fiber of my will not to download Broderie as I type this). I'm enjoying Hamsa immensely, but of course, it's barely 10 inches long and I'm already on the lookout for the next project. I've joined the Ishbel KAL that Robyn's hosting on Ravelry, but there are so many projects that I want to knit!

At least I don't have to buy yarn for lace (OK fine, technically I don't "have" to buy yarn for a cardigan either). I took a gander at my stash on Ravelry this morning, and I was surprised to find so much laceweight there! Does that ever happen to you? You look at your stash and go "OH! I TOTALLY forgot about this yarn!". And then you feel guilty? Admit it, I can't be the only one, right? RIGHT???

Yup, I definitely don't need to buy any laceweight. But some of the patterns I've got my eye on would be SO awesome knit in Sea Silk! Mmmmmmmmmm, Sea Silk...

OK, enough of that! I've got to get my run on. Last night's session was fairly light [4 x (2 minutes of running + 1 minute of walking) + 5 minutes of running + 4 x (2 minutes of running + 1 minute of walking) ], but tonight I've got to run for 15 consecutive minutes again. Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting Everyone!


Alrischa said...

Sometimes I wonder what my hubby is going to say when he discovers I've got twice as much yarn as he thinks. I'll probably say, "but I have plans for it all..."

birana said...

Many nice options in that list! Love ishbel pattern! I would make a new one in a more winter yarn for sure!

Sinéad said...

Wow, that's a lot of projects. You're going to have to learn how to knit while you run!

Sereknitty said...

Don't forget to add the Garter Stitch Cardigan to that list -- I still really love mine!

I've been have dreams about 'dream in colour classy', so when I saw some online, conned my mom and sister into going in on it with me for my birthday in July -- doesn't count as a purchase, when it's a gift, right??

Sam said...

Funny how we like the same things..I have bought the Ondule pattern the moment it went out. Still looking for the perfect yarn... I am trying to find a nice ombre / subtle mix of colours - a dark plum - Blue Moon Fibers ???? ideas ??

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I would love a sweater's worth of Tanis Aran for a sweater. I hear you!

Glad you'll be joining our KAL!