I couldn’t sleep last night.
So while lying in bed, instead of reliving what we watched on tv, I thought about my knitting bucket list from the beginning of this year. I was tempted to get up and check the list. Instead, decided to think about what I want to accomplish for the last few months if the year.
Mentally inventoring your stash & dreaming up projects to knit actually kept me awake. For some reason, I focused on the problem yarns.
(Just checked the old list. Everything is done or scratched. So satisfying.)
Now on to the problem children.
- Buffalo Wool Company Sexy – It’s too precious to knit. Can’t find a worthy project. I’ve carry this skein around to fiber festivals & shops for three years.
- Habu linen tape – broke too fast when sampling. Do I just trash it? Zig machine stitch over it? Experiments needed.
- Too many lace & cobweb weight yarns – can/should I combo ply them now that I have a spinning wheel and just read about combo plying?
- Overdyed Knitpicks Swish – Originally bought for first cardigan. Should I risk overdying again? Or Make a dozen hats. Hats sounds good.
- Too many gradients – Fiber Optic, Infinite Twist & Gales Arts
Maybe I’ll focus on one or two of these problem yarns for the rest of this year.
Knitting Project Criteria:
- Something I really want to wear
- Something that works with existing summer and/or winter wardrobe
- Knit from stash or my handspun (Patreon support is my whole yarn-fiber budget.)
- SSK 2017 instructors list for new patterns to queue (I was one of the lucky raffle winners to bypass the lottery system. So nice since I was wait listed till the last minute a few times.)
- Always a pair of socks on the needles
- Always a few matching winter hats, cowls & maybe mittens.
- Alternating with using old/new in stash
What I have worn a lot in the last year:
- Viajante (big warm hug)
- Bermuda (color & size)
- Artisian (great neutrals & big warm hug)
- Romi cowl (color & easy wear)
- Little Arrows cowl (easiest for summer)
Now to meld the lists and develop a plan.
- Problem 1: Buffalo Wool Company. I was thinking the yarn I just finished spinning would be a good companion to the bison. But the bison would recede into the backdrop. Paid too much for it to be the supporting actor. I saw a friend knit Mixed No. 3 by Kristen Ford. I really like the simplicity but luxury. A light blue silk yarn that could work with the bison. I’ll just do it in an oversized cowl/poncho.
- Problem 3: too much lace & cobweb yarns. I like the idea of plying a few of these into something fingering weight. Fingering is my favorite weight to knit. This will probably be an ongoing project since I have lots and lots.
- Problem 4: Overdyed Swish. Most definitely one hat, cowl, & mitten set for me. The rest will be charity hats for SSK2017 KAL.
- Problem 5: too many gradients. Currently enjoying my On The Spice Market shawl by Melanie Berg. Very subtle colors. This one is going to be very wearable. I might use the Fiber Optics gradient in the same pattern or Solaris also by Melanie Berg.
This feels like a good plan that will carry me through the next six months. This list only leaves the Habu linen tape. I’m good.
Other things I want to knit right now:
- Ketterdam by Laura Linneman in Leading Men Fiber Arts Soliliquy Director’s Choice. Or maybe in that 3 ply I just finished. This one is next in line.
- Meridian cardigan by Shellie Anderson in fibra natura flax
- Maude tunic by Julie Weisenberger in linen
- Either the Boo Knits or Joji Locatelli shawl from the Sight Is For Life book. Book proceeds went to a charity. Handspun experiments?
- My best friend from Dallas is about to have her second grandchild and first granddaughter.
- Two more baby projects for friends’ grandkids. Next in line.
Time to edit my ravelry queue.
Or take a nap.