Eyes Bigger Than My Needles

November 9, 2007 at 12:27 pm (Inspiration, knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn)

Knitting daydreams are a wonderful thing. I can spend hours upon hours thinking about a project, picking out the perfect yarn, pricing it and (this is my favorite part) adding it to a list. But the problem is, a lot of these “knitting dreams” never actually make it on to my needles. I lose interest, either due to seeing 5,000 different versions, my tastes change or something else catches my fancy. It’s not really a problem – I get a lot of enjoyment out of imagining all the things my needles and yarn can do, it’s just interesting to see which patterns are actually made and  even make it out of the house on my person.

I guess the reason I’m thinking about this is that my Ravelry queue has grown to immense proportions. I’ve listed somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 projects I’d like to make. 140 projects!! Considering I usually finish (and by finish I mean, seamed, blocked, signed, sealed, delivered, ohyeah) around 14-16 projects a year, it would take me about 10 years to finish these. Unless I no longer have to work, eat or sleep and can knit 24-hours-a-day. While a tempting thought, this is not likely. So let’s take a gander at just the top 15 projects in my queue:

  1. Ester Shrug in Cascade 220, Lake Chelan Heather
  2. Mermaid Fingerless Gloves, Socks That Rock Lightweight, Corvid
  3. Top-down Boatneck Sweater (own design), Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Smoke
  4. Modified-to-Suit-Winter-Wear Green Gable, Elann Peruvian Alpaca, Thistle
  5. Danica, Noro Silk Garden, #269
  6. Sideways Spencer, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Blue Ink
  7. Kiri Shawl, Jaggerspun Zephyr, White
  8. Gathered Pullover, Elann Pure Alpaca Fina, Loganberry
  9. Spiral Boot Socks, Reynolds Sea Wool, Purple
  10. A Cardigan for Arwen, Elann Highland Wool, Oatmeal Heather
  11. Chevalier Mittens, Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair, Elderberry
  12. Arm Warmers, Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight, Eggplant and Natural Dark Grey
  13. Swatch Bangles, Scrap Yarn
  14. Trapeze Jacket, Classic Elite Classic 150, Ivy
  15. Juno Regina Shawl, Handpaintedyarn.com, Cuarzo Verde

Crazy right? And I only have yarn for three of these projects: the Ester shrug, Kiri and A Cardigan for Arwen. I’ll have to check back in February or March to see which two or three of these have actualy been made.

So what’s holding up  progress on my selfish knitting dreams? Why Christmas knitting, of course. As I’ve said before, I’m only planning on three items for this year, shawls for my two sisters and mother. I’m almost done with the Swallowtail shawl for one sister, however I’ve hit a roadblock. Instead of knitting 14 repeats of the bud lace chart, I’ve knit 15. So now I can either tink back 6 rows (which is undoing close to 700 stitches), or I can forge on and knit four more repeats to go the next size up on the shawl, a la Pepperknit. But I’m not sure if I have enough yarn. So this is on hold until I can bring myself to tink or take a risk. Any opionions on what I should do? I only have three hanks of the yarn I’m using, Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, which is about 500 yards total. Should I risk the larger size?

Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
In the meantime, I’m working on my other sister’s Clapotis, which I’m knitting up in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in a gorgeous rust shade. I’m really enjoying this one, which is unexpected, given all I’ve heard about the stockinette hell that is the Clap. To each her own, I guess.

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