This Week In My Knitting Basket … One Too Many WIPs !

Do you ever find yourself in a knitting dilemma?  Well maybe not quite in a

dilemma, but maybe more like getting so involved with other “fibery goodness” that you forget about projects that you’ve already started.  Sound familiar ?  Well this is me in a nutshell.

I have been so absorbed by my spinning adventures lately that I seem to have forgotten about my knitting projects, especially one project I started a month or so ago, a pair of cabled toe up socks.  I seem to go in phases … knitting, crocheting, spinning and then back around again.  I become so focused on certain things that I forget about items that need finishing.

So what do I have besides my socks to finish ?  

Well, I still have my gradient lace scarf and my fingerless mitts.  I love the scarf as it’s very mindless knitting with a very simple pattern that you can memorize quite easily.  I am almost finished with my first mitt and because I was rather paranoid about not having enough of my birthday finished handspun, I already have the cuff completed for the second mitt, so this project should finish up quickly.  I also want to concentrate on my socks so that they end up in my sock drawer soon because I am super anxious to dive into my copy of Laine Magazines 52 Weeks of Socks .  Speaking of Laine Magazine … did you hear that they are working on a new book, 52 Weeks of Shawls ?  I do have to say I’m very excited about this book too.

I am resisting the urge to cast on a shawl, a sweater and a cardigan.  I may not be able to resist too much longer though because I really want to knit as much as I’m wanting to spin right now.

So what do I want to cast on ?

For the shawl, I really want to cast on Harwick by Taiga Hilliard.  I love this simple design and think it would be perfect for handspun.

Photo Courtesy of Taiga Hilliard Designs
Harwick is a classic shawl with a lace center. Written using worsted but can this be easily adjustable to any weight and size.
Yarn – Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light
Needle – 6 us (4.00 mm) or what you need to get gauge
Gauge – 18.0 stitches = 4 inches
Yardage – 400 yards

For the pullover,  I want to cast on a fun summer sweater, Seven Sisters Top , used for a Knit A Long for Blue Sky Fibers.  I am seriously considering buying the yarn for this project, but may end up stash diving too.

Courtesy of Blue Sky Fibers

A loose-fitting summer top knit in Printed Cotton makes this the perfect versatile piece. Wear alone in hot weather or under a jacket on a cooler day. The special printed technique of this yarn provides a beautiful mosaic look.

For the cardigan, I want to cast on the Throwback Cardigan by Andrea Mowry.  I bought this pattern shortly after Andrea published it and have wanted to make ever since.  I already have the yarn in my stash for it and plan to use some of my handspun too.  After seeing finished photos on Instagram of her Throwback Sweater, I know I will have to make that one as well.

Courtesy of Andrea Mowry

This sweater was inspired by my childhood and weekends spent in northern Michigan on the sand dunes. It is my favorite cardigan for layering and keeping warm all Autumn and Winter long! This sweater is worked flat from the top down, seamlessly, except for the sleeves which are knit in the round.

So before I start going on a slight cast on frenzy, I hope to finish the three projects I have on my needles right now.

What’s on your needles or hooks ?

Do you ever find yourself wanting to cast on everything in sight ?

Until next time, be creative.

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