I’ve got my yarn and pattern picked out for the Selfish Sweater KAL that starts on Friday. I finally decided on knitting another Chuck in bright pink. I was trying to pick out what color to use, and I realized that I don’t have many pink sweaters. Pink is a color that I sometimes struggle with because it can be a bit too girly or childish, but I love its brightness, warmth, and impact, and many of my dresses have touches of pink on them. And once I got the idea of knitting a pink sweater stuck in my head, I couldn’t get rid of it. I had to find myself some pink yarn! I ended up having to go to a few different yarn stores to find the right pink, but eventually I found this yarn at Tea Cozy Yarn in Ballard, and I knew it was the one for me.
I don’t think I’ll ever be a serious stasher. I’ve had this yarn to make a second version of my colorwork hat sitting on my desk for a while now, and it’s so tempting to just drop everything and cast on! I usually have a few projects worth of yarn hiding around my apartment, but it rarely lingers on in its unknit state for very long time, especially when it’s out where I can see it. I keep thinking about how nice it will be to knit, and I rush through my project so I can move on to the next thing. I think I’m going to start this hat before I finish everything on my needles, though. I have two work projects on my needles, and one has to be done this week. When I finish that, I’m balling up this lovely skein of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool, and I’m casting on!
After declaring myself too busy to knit any Christmas presents (and then starting one anyway), I somehow found myself ordering Quince & Co. Finch in red and white to knit myself The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford. I don’t know why I thought that I had the spare time to knit myself a Christmas sweater when I’m already telling people that I don’t have time to knit presents, but I’ve been wanting to knit this sweater for years, and I finally couldn’t resist it. For a long time I kept telling myself that I shouldn’t knit a Christmas sweater because you can only wear it for a month or so, but now that I have quite a few hand knit sweaters, that no longer matters as much. I’m curious about how other people feel about hand knit Christmas sweaters. Have you made one or would you?
I didn’t go to Rhinebeck, but my friend Monica did, and I asked her to pick me up a skein of Miss Babs Yowza. I told her to surprise me with the color, and she clearly knows my taste! The color is called French Marigold. That same weekend was the Hazel Knits trunk show at the Fiber Gallery in Seattle, and I found myself lured in by this skein of Entice in Zest. The Yowza has very generous yardage and will probably become a short sleeved cropped cardi for spring. The Entice is destined to be a shawlette. I just need to choose between my two ideas for it!
I was at the yarn store yesterday picking up a few things, and I spotted this lovely yellow Hazel Knits yarn. At this point I’ve told myself that I’m not allowed to make anymore yellow sweaters for a while, but yellow knit accessories? I only have a hat and a shawlette! Clearly I could use more. Actually, I could use more accessories just in general. When my hair was longer, I didn’t have much use for light weight neck wear so everything I have is for seriously cold weather. It’s all bulky and most of it is alpaca. Now that my hair is shorter, I find myself wishing I had more options for days that are chilly but not properly cold. After working my way through this justification process, I brought the skein of yarn home with me. Now the real question is when will I get a chance to actually knit it?