March 21, 2006
I have not knitted anything 'big' since last August, when the Lily Chin Reverse cable shawl bundled my up in her kidsilk haze embrace and leeched all desire for knitting out of me. I have managed a pair of cashmere socks, some hats, some dolly stuff.... so I've kept my hand in, but now I feel able to start something... something for me, to wear. So the question is, what? I have buckets of stash aquired from LYS close-down sales, trips around the country etc. for the love of it, or for a pattern I liked the look of.... but patterns come to me, then they fade away like so much sea mist. My current loves are:
The Interweave Sunrise Circle Jacket, a structured, oriental beauty with a knitalong website and finished jackets to attest to its do-ability. Or...
The cable jacket from Loop-d-loop (the book, rather than the website. The book. Man, the book!), whose structure comes from the changes in cabling. A thing of beauty and joy, but with the potential of much pain and many, many tears. Or...
This would be my second attempt at Fairilse, after a vaguely successful beany. Me, ambitious? Way too much, let me tell you. I don't know the meaning of knitting to one's strengths or abilities. But isn't it gorgeous? Or is it the natty use of a rake (the rake, not the model, doh!) in the photo that has got to me? I also like the model's shoes (although you can't see them in this photo. They are stripy. Slippers. Cute) Maybe I should just go and buy some shoes. Or...
Some lace. I could just try out some lace. This is See Eunny Knit Print 'o the Wave shawl. Yet another thing of beauty, I'm sure you'd agree. And I have some Curious Yarns laceweight silk coming. In shades of blue....
Or I could just knit something from my stash. It would be kind to the environment and keep me from being poor. Or as poor as I could potentially be if I just kept buying yarn. I also have a heap load of funky eyelash yarn that needs to become a teddy bear for a brand new Amelia Lyra Partridge (now 6 days old), who needs something knitted... or debbie bliss beret... or just anything really...
Or..... if I do want to use something from my stash, I might just following in Purlpower's footsteps with the Eyelet Skirt from Knitty- I have enough Rowan Denim in Nashville for this project.... hmmmm.
Posted by scumkitten at March 21, 2006 01:24 PM
oh, so hard to decide!! i have seen finished sunrise jackets on the web, and they are stunning. that wavy thing is SO cool, and uh...habsgirl is knitting that fairisle right now. i prefer the other fair isle (the short row one) from that book. so i have narrowed it down to those three :D
Posted by: helen at March 21, 2006 01:39 PM
they're all so lovely & have different reasons they'd be interesting to knit.
--listed in order of knitting appeal--
1.After seeing the Sunrise jacket in another color, it is suddenly much more attractive.
not to mention seems like easy knitting=good project to get back into knitting a large piece.
2.The skirt would be good for this arriving soon summer
& another easy knit.
3.the lace is beautiful!
& love both Loop-d-loop designs too :P i know, so much help.
Posted by: knitmonkey at March 21, 2006 04:16 PM
i say go for the skirt! i would knit it, if it wouldn't make me look like a sack of potatoes. but if you definitely want to make a top, i would go for the sunrise circle jacket.
Posted by: Rachel at March 21, 2006 10:46 PM
Print O'The Wave Stole. I am knitting it - my Olympic project which is still unfinished. We can work it together, have a mini knitalong, and help each other out. Mine is reddy pink kid mohair. Please make the stole!!!! We have never knitted the same thing at the same time before!
Posted by: glittrgirl at March 22, 2006 05:37 PM
I'd go for the skirt. It would allow you to ease back in to big projects.
How was the trip to Spain?
Posted by: Amy at March 23, 2006 03:00 PM
I would if my yarn had come... but it hasn't!!! If it doesn't turn up, then it's the skirt... then the stole.
Posted by: Scumkitten at March 23, 2006 04:28 PM
The skirt is nice n easy but I would like you to do one of the Loop de Loop patterns for the very selfish reason that then you can help me when I eventually get round to doing 'em!
Welcome back to the big knitting world baby!
Posted by: purlpower at March 24, 2006 03:46 PM
i find myself coming back to stare at the freeform shrug-ish item that is with the skirt... it is strangely appealing
Posted by: knitmonkey at March 24, 2006 04:41 PM
I'm knitting the cabled riding jacet right now and it is easier than I thought, but I haven't had to knit without the chart yet
Posted by: gracielou at March 25, 2006 07:07 AM
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