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2016 #2 Knitting Bucket List

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. 

Problem Yarns:

  1. 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.
  2. Habu linen tape – broke too fast when sampling. Do I just trash it? Zig machine stitch over it? Experiments needed. 
  3. 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? 
  4. Overdyed Knitpicks Swish – Originally bought for first cardigan. Should I risk overdying again? Or Make a dozen hats. Hats sounds good. 
  5. 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.

      3 plying cobweb weight yarns together

    • 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. 

      Harvey Kimono by Louis Harding

    Time to edit my ravelry queue

    Or take a nap. 


    Fiber Push Pull Talk Therapy 

    Oh bother….

    I didn’t unfollow enough fiber folk on Instagram last week. Too many pictures were posted from Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. Even though it was clearly muddy wet, too much exposure to pretty fiber and spinning wheels and more angst for me. 

    Not going to succumb. But it still has such a strong pull for me. Which I really don’t understand. 


    I need to use this blog post as a therapy session to resolve this crazy thinking. 

    I AM a practical person. At the moment, I am feeling far from practical. Hmmm, Time (Money) just posted 4 Ways Your Brain Tricks You into Spending. 

    I don’t even understand two of the ways. The ones I think affecting me are Anchoring Bias and Bandwagon Effect.  Follow the above link if you want to learn more. 

    Talk Therapy begins now: 

    ❌ I don’t need any more yarn. I have enough for several years of contented knitting.  Certainly enough yarn to accomplish the all my current ‘needs.’

    Yarn stash 2016

    ❌I am finally knitting with my very first handspun yarn from 2014. It’s not pretty. Very inconsistent lace to DK weight. But I’m happy  it’s no longer an albatross around my neck. 

    Best part of the first spindle spun yarn

    Worse of first handspun yarn

    Openwork Triangle shawl nearly done.

    ❌I am now sad that I gave away my first wheel spun yarn at the local guild’s retreat as a door prize. I just needed a year apart to realize how pretty it is. Of course, it would be sitting in my craft closet for another few years before it was no longer too precious to knit.  Ok, it would have become another albatross around my neck. 

    First wheel spun yarn 2015

    So what is it about spinning?  

    • 🚫: Is it about having the wheel? The other accessories like a counter, nittynotty, the lazy Kate, the swift?
    • ❌: Is it about buying fiber? 
    • ❌‼️ Is it about processing fleece into fiber? (More equipment, more time)
    • ✅: Is it about the process?
    • ✅: Is it about the yarns produced?
    • 🚫: Is it about knitting with handspun yarns?
    • 🚫⁉️: Is this a social activity?
    • 🚫: Will this make shoulder & arm injuries worse?

    Ok, too much red and not enough green checks. This could easily become one of the many hobbies I am consumed by and then abandon in a few years. Sigh…Maybe once a year, I will scratch the spinning itch with a spindle project or rent a wheel. But not now, first I have more SSK KALs before July. But I am dreaming of spindle spinning some purples & blues. Several fiber folk are doing a simple 15minutes a day (#spin15aday).  Can I do this?  Will find out after SSK.  

    Oh, a friend asked me to knit a girl’s cardigan. Sounds like fun. And probably this first project to knit after July. 

    Ok, I’m feeling a little better. Plenty to do without adding yet another fiber craft. I think I just needed to have a plan for my knitting. 

    Thanks for letting me indulge in some talk therapy.