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September 29, 2005

I Need an Intervention

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.

The shoe-in

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.

September 29, 2005 | Permalink


That vest is so pretty! Are you going to make it in purple like the photo or use another color? I know the feeling of doing all that work and then having nothing to show for it. That happened to me last week, with two projects I was working on. I was ready to pull my hair out ;)

Posted by: Shana | Sep 29, 2005 12:30:16 PM

You know, I think that there's something to be said for a little aimless knitting now and again. Softening the focus a bit can allow for some creativity to come through.

Posted by: Colleen | Sep 29, 2005 12:32:44 PM

I know how you feel about feeling lost after finishing a project. You'll find it. That vest is very, very pretty.

Posted by: Christie | Sep 29, 2005 12:47:18 PM

I just bought that book--sight unseen! I had a good feeling about it ;) Glad to hear you like it so much. I hope to have it sitting on my doorstep this afternoon when I get home!

Lovely KnitPicks vest and cabled pullover too. Thanks for pointing those out, Jody.

Posted by: Lolly | Sep 29, 2005 1:15:37 PM

I love the sweater. Hmmm. I've got some stash yarn that would work well. Thanks for enabling me to add another project to the to-do list... and I thought this was an intervention :-)

Posted by: Kate | Sep 29, 2005 1:37:42 PM

You need to call 877-SOS-KNIT

As Margene says, it is the process. LOL

Posted by: Dianna | Sep 29, 2005 1:52:41 PM

Again, so much to knit, so little time. I really like all the patterns you mentioned. Those two color socks are great. And now that you posted that shawl from Vogue Knitting, I really wish I had bought that magazine.

Posted by: Jody | Sep 29, 2005 2:07:27 PM

Oh boy, I almost had an axiety attack reading this post. ;D
I know what you mean about that book, I was drooling all over it yesterday at Barnes & Noble. Everything in it is gorgeous.
I vote for that super cool vest. Go buy some more yarn, I give you permission. If I lived there (which I will, eventually) I wouldn't need an excuse to go to Loop. Such a nice store!
The sweater is also very nice and would look great on you.

Posted by: isel | Sep 29, 2005 2:38:30 PM

You just know how to choose the best projects for your to-do list! I cast-on the other day for Knit & Tonic's Not-So-Shrunken Cardigan with my Silky Wool (pretty similar to Silky Tweed, no?) and it's so nice to work with. Different than anything I've handled before. Good luck with your project line-up and the tough decisions!

Posted by: Karma | Sep 29, 2005 6:46:34 PM

You did it. You have taken my breath away, with every single one of your choices! I need to do every single one of those projects and I have to get that book. It also sounds like I need to get VK knitting, because that wrap looks gorgeous and I'm always looking for NONtriangle wraps.

Posted by: Norma | Sep 30, 2005 8:41:43 AM

i am with ya on handknit holidays. i just picked it up myself. the photo styling is just amazing...everything looks so very perfect...so very martha. i am dying to make some of those felted balls and garland. just absolute confectionary stuff. who woulda thunk pompoms could be so darned sophisticated...and that fringed hood! i love love love it. can't wait to see what you make first!

Posted by: kate | Sep 30, 2005 8:54:36 AM

No, you're killin' me with all those tempting ideas! Sigh.

Posted by: Mary Beth | Sep 30, 2005 8:55:37 AM

Now, you may think that you need an intervention, but is it really fair to tempt all of us with fantastic new books, patterns and ideas? Really, now.

Posted by: Cassie | Sep 30, 2005 10:48:28 AM

Indeed! So many great ideas! I hope you weren't expecting US to run an intervention for you. We're the last people you should trust for that.

That Handknit Holidays books sucked me in too. I ran across it Monday night and just couldn't resist.

Posted by: Kellee | Sep 30, 2005 2:05:16 PM

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