Thursday, November 09, 2006  

Next Project Angst

I know - I know - the serious dilemmas I face in my life - but I don't know what to knit next! This weekend, I'm concentrating on finishing up my last two UFOs - the Gathering Intentions cabled sweater (finish seaming, weave in ends, do something with the collar, and block the whole thing) and the Silk Shrug (finish seaming, finish edging, weave in ends). I'm still plugging away on the cabled socks, but honestly, even though I love the way they LOOK, I'm really not loving the whole knitting on them thing. But I'll definitely keep going, and finish the first one before I make a decision on the second. I'm having a ton of trouble making the cuff large enough so that I can get it onto my foot, but not too large so that it looks ridiculous around my somewhat-small ankles. I'm giving my latest attempt a few more rounds before I try it on again.

So what next? I just ordered a bunch of DK weight undyed blue-faced leicester, and plan on making this shrug from Interweave (free pattern). I'm thinking shades of green for the dye-job. And it's not for me - it was specifically requested by one of my bestest friends for those chilly New Mexico evenings.

But after that? I think part of the problem is that the next few "big" projects I've got bouncing around in my head will require some significant design input, and, frankly, I just don't have the brain-power right now. So perhaps I'll dye up some more of the dk yarn and knit a cardigan similar to this one (knit out of koigu)? I like the idea of a nice, basic, boring project to see me through the next few months. But we'll see.

And yes, part of my reluctance to start any of my "big design projects" is that both of them will probably use some of my cormo stash. And, frankly, I'm not sure if I'm ready for that step yet - knitting up my cormo before I can buy more? Pass the paper bag, I think I may hyperventilate...



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