Monday, January 24, 2011

Between Projects

The shawl is finished and by the time you read this, on its way to a new home. My ski hat is done and I'll be wearing it today to help ward off this bone chilling cold. The mittens aren't done because, well, they don't really fit me and I've stopped the runaway denial train right in its tracks. They'll fit Stinkerbell McBookeater though, and she has a birthday coming up in February. A perfect gift for someone who always has cold hands.

That leaves me without a project, but a brain full of ideas. This is where I always get tripped up--I have too many things I want to make, and find myself unable to make a decision. The yarns for these projects are in my stash, though I think for one I might want to find an alpaca/silk blend. I'll let you decide what I should knit.

Here are YOUR choices:

Cloud Chaser

A project I've had as a favorite and queued on Ravelry since last September, I think this would be the perfect spring article of clothing. In the alpaca/silk blend, it would be warm, but it stays chilly here quite late into the spring, so it would get a lot of use. It requires a fiber like alpaca for drape.

Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties


Now I've been wanting to make this little cardigan for a really long time. I have the yarn, and the book (I am slightly irritated to have bought a book and then later found the pattern on a free site, but that's another post for another day). My friend Sarah made this in the same yarn in a different color and it's gorgeous.

The long languishing Peacock Shawl

I really need to get around to finishing this. I had a good run going in November and then set it aside again for Christmas knitting. It's not that I don't want to get it done, it's just that every single time I sit down with it, I'm overwhelmed by how much attention it needs while I am knitting it and how much there is left to go. If you vote for this, maybe that will light the fire.

Pacific View Pullover


I picked up 10 balls of Bali yarn at what seemed like a fire sale last spring. I don't think I spent more than $25 for all of that bright blue yarn and it looks like a pullover with the name, Pacific View, would be a perfect choice for this beautiful bamboo tape yarn. I have a feeling this would be a quick knit because the yarn is bulky and the needles are big. That would be quite a break from all of my small diameter knitting.

That's the line up. I'll give you two days to vote and then I have to cast on so I have something to knit. The poll is on the sidebar to the right. In the meantime, I'm going to go read Tom Clancy's new book.

Thank you for you assistance in this matter related to critical knitting issues.

16 comments:

The Bug said...

I can't see the cardigan (I'm not a member of your exclusive society - heh). But it sounds really cute. I like cropped because I'm short waisted & big hipped - cropped fits better on me. And it's all about what I would pick, right?

Of the ones I can see, I vote for the last one - love that sweater!

Rudee said...

Dana, I changed the link to the free pattern site so you can see the cardigan if you want now. I thought I'd done that for all of them.

Denise said...

I chose the pullover. I have a hard time choosing projects too. Usually, I just start all in my head.

Finding Pam said...

I like the picture of the cloud chaser. It is very cute and looks fun.

Brenda said...

Well, I vote for the peacock shawl. But you should knit something for yourself. I have a feeling you would like the blue number for spring...which is right around the corner.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i LOVE that pullover!!! i mean LOVE it!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxo

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Ya I voted for the blue for you. Of course they are all beautiful but I just love that color. Maybe you will do them all.
QMM

Gail said...

I think you should make something for sweet Leo!

The Bug said...

OK, now that I can see it I totally vote for the cropped cardigan - too cute!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Here: Just wanted to shoot over a tip on Moebius Knitting:

Moebius knitting is a wondrously fascinating endeavour – you knit around and around but complete a beautiful loop scarf with a half twist in the construction.

Also makes for beautiful hats!

Devon said...

Hi Rudee, They are all wonderful projects that would knit up beautifully.

You would feel a good sense of accomplishment finishing the shawl. Having said that, I'm voting for the cloud chaser... I have some chestnut brown alpaca that would work. Hmmmmm.....

Have fun!

Ruth said...

finish the shawl - its beautifull then the Pacific Blue Pullover. That's My vote for what is worth

unmitigated me said...

Cloud Chaser, absolutely. It is really in vogue right now, will be perfect for spring, and I think you put it first because deep down it's your favorite! Gorgeous!

Stephanie V said...

Oh, Cloud Chaser, please. If one has to choose. But really I love 'em all. I can imagine you in those lovely cables and the pretty drapey-ness.

Anonymous said...

How about thinking outside the Knitting box. Try Christmas Bells..they can be done in a worsted weight sparkling metallic yarn, but you could use finer yarn and smaller needles to make smaller bells. You may also adjust the length or circumference of the knitted bells, as discussed below.

Just a thought...

Rositta said...

Oh Cloud Chaser no question about it. It will be gorgeous. The Pacific View Pullover is also very nice. I've had that pattern bookmarked also. We have the same taste. I understand about the Peacock shawl. I've got a shawl I've been working on for over a year now that is so complicated it gives me a headache. Aren't you somewhere warm yet, I thought you'd be floating around the Keys by now...ciao