Making plans for 2009

I was listening to the Knit Picks Podcast yesterday and the topic was New Year’s resolutions. I wish I could be as resolute as Kelly Pektun, but I have long since given up on setting resolutions. However, I don’t see why I can’t make some knitting plans. Sounds like a good idea. This way when I finish my next pair of socks and the Fair isle for my MIL, I won’t start scratching my head wondering what to do.

So first thing I must do is sort through my available stash. I am not a big stash hoarder. I simply don’t have the room in my tiny little row house. I do have some yarns leftover from old projects and I have a bunch of Lopi lite that I can’t decide what to do with. I also have a nice selection of sock yarn that can keep me busy making socks for the rest of the year for sure.

Step 2 is to decide what I want to do with all my stashed yarn. I could make hats and I want to try some moebius knitting. I could also make that adorable Alan Dart Gnome that I bought the pattern for. I will make a Zimmermann sweater with my Lopi yarn. My Zimmermann books should be here in the mail any day now. I purchased them with the Knit Picks gift certificate I got from my sis for Christmas.

I also have some cotton yarn I won from the Mason Dixon blog. With this I will make the dress from their book, Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines for Marc’s Goddaughter, Victoria. It will look really cute with some leggings. I think I will make that next. Or maybe even start it right away so she can wear it this year. Looks like a quick knit and  I could give it to her for her birthday.

Step 3 – decide very carefully what big projects I want to work on and invest in. I know one is the sweater that my DD Rachael wants. It is the Autumn Rose pullover and it can be made very economically using Knit Picks Yarn. Trouble is they won’t have the pattern book available until June of this year. That means I would have to knit it over the summer for her Bday in September. Should be doable. I could order the pattern book from CVF but that means big shipping costs.

I also know that I want to make an Alice Starmore design this year. I think my skills are now worthy of her beautiful designs. There is also a beautiful design by her daughter Jade called Firebirds that I would love to knit some day. It will be very difficult to pick the design to make. They are all so beautiful, but at $200 a kit, I must be choosy. This is not something I can afford to do often. This will be a tax return treat.

Lastly, I will allow myself to splurge a little when I go to Rhinebeck this year. Maybe a Philosophers kit? 😀 I love their wool even if it is a little pricey. It is not all dried out. It is soft and I just love it. They will be there and this will also save me shipping so, yes, perhaps a new Philosophers sweater to make in 2010!

So that should do it for 2009. So, over the next couple of days I will make a set plan of exactly what I want to make and in what order. I will post it here once I have made the decisions! This should be fun and I really don’t have to hold myself to anything if I don’t want to.

Moebius knitting

I have been checking out patterns for Moebius knitting on Ravelry. I am excited about trying this and have put a hold on Cat Bordhi’s Magical Knitting book at the library. I think a nicely draped shawl in a soft yarn I would love. What yarn to use? I would probably buy a cheap one for my first try but eventually would like to make one in a soft decadent fiber. 

Since finishing the Icelandic Yoke Sweater which is much better now that I adjusted the neck line, I have decided to pick up the Fair Isle sweater I am working on for my MIL. I am working on the second sleeve right now and it is coming along well. I am wondering if I might run out of yarn though, so I may change it up by switching around where I use the different colors. I think it will still look fine if I do this. The other option is order more yarn from Philosopher’s Wool, but I would rather make due with what I have.

Here is a picture of one of the sleeves:

 

Fair Isle - fist sleeve

Fair Isle - fist sleeve

The wave socks are pretty much hibernating right now. I really should finish it up. Maybe I will work on that today instead. I really should, shouldn’t I? OK , sock it is. 

Oh, I also have a book to pick up from the library. It is one of Barbara Walkers stitch books. I want to take a look at them to see if it is something I would want to add to my library in the future.

Happy Knitting!

My Knitting History Part 2

I love books. I love to read novels, but even more so, I like to read books to learn. I have taught myself a few different things from books. When they opened a Barnes and Noble store near me, I was thrilled. I would hang out there as much as possible and check out books on all sorts of topics. One day, I found a book on Fair Isle knitting by Eugene and Ann Bourgeois called Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified. I loved the sweaters in the book and decided I had to make one. I purchased the book and later a sweater kit from their website. I wasn’t very good at finishing off sweaters. I had actually never finished one, so this was perfect because the Philosopher’s Wool Fair Isle Sweaters are knit in the round. I used the Fall Colorway and knit a Color Your Own Sweater. It was so easy and fun. It took me only 3 months to finish!

Here I am wearing the Philosopher's Wool sweater I made.

Here I am wearing the Philosopher Wool sweater in the Fall colorway

 

I ordered another kit in the Night Sky colorway, but never managed to start it until just recently. I have one sleeve done so far. It is the picture in the banner of my page. 

Another project I have started as a result of a trip to the 2004 Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. I had just started dating my husband and had not yet met his Mom. I thought going to the fair together would be a great idea! Besides I wanted to make something for my new love and what better place to get some wool? I ended up buying some rather bulky, fuzzy wool and deciding I would make my own pattern. I started knitting in the round a simple cable pattern. It is now going to be a blanket because it is coming out WAY too big, not to mention fuzzy. Every time I worked on it there would be fuzz all over everything! I don’t know what to do about that.

The Way Too Big and Fuzzy Sweater!

I worked on this sporadically over the past few years. Usually only if it were colder weather due to the size of it. 

This year I went to the Rhinebeck fair again. I had gone last year, but didn’t purchase much. It was fun to walk around and check everything out, but I really couldn’t afford to spend much. I ended up buying a skein of alpacka yarn to make some fingerless gloves for my daughter. Still haven’t started those. So, this year my Aunt and Uncle were coming up to visit and when talking to my Uncle about what we could do while they were up, he mentioned the idea of maybe going to a local fair. Well what do you know. It was the same weekend as the Sheep and Wool! I really didn’t think he would care too much for a Sheep and Wool Festival, but they thought it was a great idea! Cool! My sister Kim knits too and is interested in buying some Alpachas for a farm and my sister Lisa is a little crafty too. We ended up having a great time. I purchased some mohair yarn for a shawl that I am whizzing through. 

The Shawl from this years Sheep and Wool Festival

The Shawl from this years Sheep and Wool Festival

I also picked up the itch to knit again. I started up on the Philosopher wool sweater that has been sitting in my closet for years and started this shawl. Oh no, we can’t stop there! I have bought about 6 different knitting books from Amazon and wool for 2 more projects and downloaded tons of knitting podcasts to listen to and get ideas from. I am loving it!

 

Some beautiful Lopi Wool for a sweater and some more for a shawl

Some beautiful Lopi Wool for a sweater and some more for a shawl

So here we go! I don’t think this is just a phase. I have gone to a couple of knitting meetups at the local coffee shop and have signed up for an invite to Ravelry so I can share with others. Looking forward to tracking and writing about my knitting projects here as well!