I have absolutely lost my mind over the last 2 weeks or so. I still have SO MANY old projects lying around, and yet I keep starting new ones. And buying yarn. And starting more!
Over the last week I started two new sweaters. Both blue. Both sort of variegated. And pullovers.
I told you I was in a blue period.
The flash kind of made the colors look too neon, the real thing is less variegated looking . . . this is a pullover I'm knitting in the Koigu Cashmere (if you thought I was addicted to Koigu before, we better come up with a new word for my affliction now that Koigu Cashmere exists) color 844. It has shades of navy, purple, and a sort of seafoam blue and it's absolutely stunning. Gorgeous. I cast on for this last Wednesday night and worked on it while at Stitches -- if you saw me knitting madly while you were there, this is what I was working on! I finished the back on Sunday, which goes to show that even on size 4 needles, I do make lots of progress as long as I'm faithful to just one project. I immediately cast on for the front, and have almost all the ribbing done . . . but then I got distracted.
By more blue yarn.
The bottom is knit from the handspun I got at Stitches and the solid is Cascade 220 from the stash. What's really funny about this project (other than how much it looks like the other one) is that I had bought the handspun thinking, "What the heck am I going to make with about 400 yards of heavy worsted handspun?" I knew I didn't want to just make a scarf or something simple that wouldn't be "worth" the yarn. And I knew I liked the way the yarn looked in garter stitch. So eventually my brain churned this all around and I came up with the idea of using the handspun as the border and solid navy for the body. I was knitting the border and I kept wondering what yarn to buy for the body . . . it had to be 4.75 sts/inch on size 7's, and it had to hold its own against the handspun . . . and then I went stashdiving and found Cascade 220 in the perfect shade of navy. (which some of you may remember was originally going to be the jacket from Knitting Nature. But I'm over it)
I told Adam proudly that I had saved myself some money by finding this in the stash, and that this is the reason I hoard yarn to this ridiculous extent. He rolled his eyes.
* And you thought you had a knitting problem . . .
I totally have the same problem as you! I must have 20 things on the needles, in various stages of abandonment. There are things which I still totally intend to finish, that I haven’t worked on in nearly a year. And this explains why I have 9 Addis in each – that’s 27 total – of size 6, 7 and 8 (the sizes I use most – 3 needles in each of the 16", 24" and 47" lengths).
I seem to have a case of startitis myself since Stitches. I’ve cast on 3 new projects since coming home, and I haven’t even glanced at my mommy snug or the second sock for the one I made there, not to mention all the other projects laying around unfinished.
I resemble that problem! Good work on the stash diving.
i love the color on both these projects!
November 12, 2006
sigh my WIP basket over-floweth too, and just when I think I’ve caught up, I start another project.