knitting in circles

thank you for all the nice comments on my cardigan! of course, now that that’s finished, i’m not quite sure what to do next…i just have so many choices. i feel like i’m spinning in circles trying to figure out where to start.

there’s the morning glory. i haven’t even gotten around to starting sock 2 of the rococo. i have yarn for a new cabled sweater, tempting me. then there’s the everlasting bagstopper, which now has a base:

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it’s actually a nice little knit so far – although all i’ve had to do so far is garter stitch and picking up stitches. but the pattern for the sides, knit in the round, is all yo’s and k2tog’s – perfect for t.v. watching. however, there’s also this, tempting me:

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a new arrival this week: rowan kidsilk aura in nearly black. i’m hoping this becomes the leavened raglan from the fall 2007 interweave knits. it’s a silk/mohair blend and is really tempting me right now. i need to swatch though, i’m not sure i have the right size needles. yet.

then there’s more socks. my mom asked for socks for her birthday, which is in about a month, so i really need to work on those. i’ve actually started:

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she picked out some maizy, (#1001, nightshades) a mostly corn (!) yarn that i’d not tried before. it’s a bit splitty, but i’ve only managed to pick out one sock yarn so far that isn’t, so i don’t really notice! however, i’ve decided i want to try to work on both socks at once

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or rather, one part of the first, then that same part of the other all the way down (ribbing on cuff, cuff, heel flap, etc.). and since i’m switching to us 0 (2.00 mm) after i get past the ribbing (us 1/2.25 mm) and i only have 2 pairs of us 0 dpns, i need to free up 1 pair:

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thus, my monkeys are getting some work. i’m past the heel turn on the 2nd, so it shouldn’t take too long…as long as i don’t pick up another project! oh, and my mom’s socks? they’re going to be monkeys too!

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first of fall

happy autumn!

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for me, “mums” (chrysanthemum) speak of fall – i think because they seem to be the most predominant fall-bloom in this area. cheerful, even while they portend the arrival of a chill in the air. fortunately, i have a finished solution for any chill:

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finally, completely, totally finished!
pattern: diamond cable jacket from knit ‘n style, dec. 2006
yarn: cascade 220 superwash, color 865

i really like how it turned out – except for one small detail – the sleeves are waaaay too long for me! i tried to shorten them while knitting, but i obviously mismeasured/miscalculated. ah well – lesson learned. for the seaming i used a crochet slip stitch – which probably took me a little longer than sewing would have, but tricked my brain into thinking i wasn’t really seaming, i was crocheting! it’s the little things…

of course, now i have to try to focus on the next project. and despite a nice line of wip’s (which i realize is actually not too bad when compared to some), i’m finding continual new temptations. first, there’s this:

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this is just half of the araucania nature wool i bought on saturday. i wasn’t looking for this yarn, i was actually looking for something completely different (which i of course didn’t find), but i stumbled across this and couldn’t let go. it’s hard to tell from the picture, but the yarn is a lovely deep read which is slightly variegated. i think i’m going to try this with the dickinson pullover from the fall 2007 interweave knits. i had this on my to-do list, but not for a while down the road…the yarn has struck again!

as if this is not enough, i also came across (somewhat intentially – whoops) an absolutely gorgeous lace book:

victorian lace today by jane sowerby, photos by alexis xenakis. i was sold before i even got to the patterns, the photography is so beautiful. and as for the patterns – i think i want to try at least half of the book! plenty of knitting ahead…

the call of the yarn

i have reached the point where i pretty much can’t stand my cardigan anymore. but i keep on knitting – not only do i want to be finished with it, it’s pretty much the easiest thing i have on the needles at the moment and it would take too much effort (at the moment) to start something new. actually, the monkey sock is probably easier, but i haven’t really been able to bring myself to work on that either, for some reason. so it keeps staring at me mournfully. of course, that might be because it keeps slipping off the needles every time i pull it out of my purse in the search for something else (usually my car keys). despite my apathy, i do have 1-1/4 sleeves.

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however, what i really want to work with is this:

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hemp for knitting
#102 allhemp6 dk weight color 023 brick. this is destined to become and everlasting bagstopper – something i always seem to need. i don’t know how easy it will be to knit with, but the color is calling me…oh, the thrill of a new project!