Coming Attractions

With the dramatic increase in academic demands on my time lately, much of my knitting has shifted from actual to imaginary. After experiencing the soul suck that was almost one entire week with no knitting, in which I became a real grouch of a person, I have decided I will be carving out time each day to knit at least 25 yards of something for the preservation of my health and sanity/marriage/attitude toward life and humanity in general. However, at that pace, I have to say that I hope that y’all are ready to hear a lot more from me about works in progress than about finished objects in the next few weeks.

As part of my ongoing struggle efforts to decrease the size of my yarn collection, I have been attempting to match up yarn I already own with projects that I want to knit.  This idea was the fantastic suggestion of reader Alli and I have to say, it is really helping me get excited about the yarn I already have on hand.  I’ve been stealing little study breaks and moments between classes to surf Ravelry and build a realistic queue.

Here are three of the projects that have me the most excited:

Cria by Ysolda Teague in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light

I love the look of the garter stitch yoke on this adorable cardigan and I think it will be very soft and cozy in this alpaca blend yarn.

Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig in Mountain View Farms Merino

{source: Hannah Fettig/Knitbot}

I’ll be making this great on-trend cardigan for my sister this fall out of some fabulous, soft dove gray merino wool that I purchased at Rhinebeck many moons ago.

Redwork Cowl and Mitts in Classic Elite Fresco

{source: Veronik Avery/Knits 24/7}

My version of this set will use the same yarn as Veronik’s but in turquoise and rust.

One other exciting coming attraction to note:

Wool Durham’s Charity Challenge 2011 will launch on November 1st this year and run through December 31. This year knitters outside the United States will be eligible for prizes, too, so everyone start thinking about what you would like to make for charity. Full details on how to enter will be posted on November 1.

What new projects are getting you excited this fall?




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4 Responses to Coming Attractions
  1. mooncalfmakes
    October 5, 2011 | 7:14 am

    Not an answer to your question but I REALLY love this:
    ‘much of my knitting has shifted from actual to imaginary’

    DITTO! (1000)

  2. gradschoolknitter
    October 5, 2011 | 7:54 am

    I know the feeling… I have been very anxious about knitting when really I should be focusing all my attention on thesis-ing… but the knitting helps! It’s a vicious cycle, really!

  3. gradschoolknitter
    October 5, 2011 | 7:55 am

    Oh and re: knitting I’m excited about… NaKniSweMo! But really I should be focusing on Christmas stuff…

  4. wildflowerwool
    October 7, 2011 | 8:33 am

    I have lots of imaginary knitting too! Looking forward to the charity knitting next month.