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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

10 sweaters to knit.

...Carole's prompt for this week - "10 things you want to knit this fall/winter" arrived (promptly!) in my inbox at 11:00 am yesterday. and I'm posting this at nearly 9:00 pm today because it's taken me 36 hours to narrow down the list! This morning I decided to include only sweaters. and then I spent the rest of the time deciding which ones would make the cut.
yep, only two sweaters in my ravelry queue today!
Ravelry has a terrific queue function, but I've found that using it for long-term planning (wow, I'm not sure that January - five months from now! - should be long-term planning...but for my knitting, it is!) is useless. Because there are so many patterns coming out so fast...and I really want to stay abreast of my seamless sweater students.... long-term planning leads to hibernating projects.

So, deciding which ten sweaters I'd knit next was a challenge. The first two are started so they're a done deal. and #4 is a promised gift (#6 in my queue above), so it stays...and I have to say, I'd fight hard to keep all of them on the list. We'll see*!

1. grey goose - started last week; separated for the sleeves today and I'm cautiously optimistic I'll have this one finished before autumn officially begins, but I won't wear it til the temperatures dip below 60 degrees...hence...autumn!
2. autumn breeze - started last week and separated for the sleeves yesterday...but even cautious optimism says this won't be done before october.
3. creature comforts - I've loved the back of this one since it was released, but the pattern photos weren't that flattering; now there are some lovely FO's, along with some very helpful tips and we have some great worsted weight yarns in the shop. this will be the next sweater I cast on!
4. cardiff coat - a birthday gift for Katie (this will be the first sweater I've knit for her and since she lives in LA, might be just the push I need to purchase a dressmakers model!)
5. something from rosy days - I purchased the ebook of patterns. I love her designs. I want to knit one.
6. something from little red in the city - ditto (except I have the actual book too).
7. irish coffee - I queued this one last year and removed it to make room for all the other sweaters I could knit and wear right away. and then a whole bunch of other things came in the way. but I still want to knit this!
8. contented cardi - a recent love. hannah's patterns fit and they're fun to make. and the suggested worsted weight alpaca provides plenty of yarn options.
9. bryn mawr skirt - yeah, a skirt - sort of like a sweater for my bottom half?! I have debbie bliss chunky tweed in a gorgeous brown. skirt from stash. must knit!
10. one more sweater from stash - I have sweater quantities of sheep shop 3, malabrigo chunky, cocoon and malabrigo worsted. right now, I'm thinking the diamond lace pullover, but welcome suggestions!

*Of course, even as I type this post, I'm imagining all the tempting patterns I haven't yet seen...and wondering which one of them will sidetrack this list. and saying now that I hope I have the willpower to stick it out...

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Blogger knittergran said...

Honestly, I'm panicking a bit about finishing ONE sweater for my daughter so she can wear it during the little bit of cold weather she might have in LA!

Tuesday, 06 September, 2011  
Blogger Honoré said...

I love them all and especially "creature comfort". Not only is the back dramatic but I also like the design and drape of the sweater. Really looking fwd to seeing it on you.

Best get those needles clicking...60 degrees is knocking on the door rather loudly ;-)).


Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger Kym said...

Oh. Now you've done it. I hadn't seen the Bryn Mawr skirt before... I love all the sweaters in your list. Must. Knit. Faster.

(I have stopped using the Ravelry queue feature because it just doesn't work for me. It became not a queue -- but a list of my "super favorites.")

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger martha said...

I agree with Honore! Love the contented cardi. I know you'll crank these sweaters out. You have an eye for great it's no wonder that we follow your lead.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger Lydia said...

my ravelry queue has become a wish list. there are so many great patterns out there now compared to when knitting was primarily 2 large squares and 2 rectangles and somehow that became a sweater. i'm really looking forward to coastal knits.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

You have already made so many beautiful sweaters - I know the ones you knit this year will be fabulous, too!

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have admired the comfort cardi since it was released and have had the same hesitations. To be honest, i was hoping/waiting to see if you would knit it! I always trust your decisions. Love the list.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger dianne said...

Grey Goose is an awesome name for your Gimlet! That sweater is on my list too. Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger Marilyn said...

You are so ambitious and optimistic! These are all great choices.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2011  
Blogger Beth said...

I have a dressmakers model that you can borrow. It's old because it was Steve's grandma's but it works. (I forget when Katie's birthday is - when will you need the model if you use it? The drama group may be borrowing it for The Pajama Game.)

Thursday, 08 September, 2011  

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