19 December, 2007

Is it New Years yet?

In honor of good old fashioned escapism, I'd like to spend a few minutes here just straight up daydreaming about projects to come. That's right: I mean after all the Xmas knitting is done, wrapped, and put under the tree. What upcoming projects/fantasies are floating through my mind? Let's take a look.

1. Fiesta mittens, inspired by Rainbow Chip frosting! Hooray!
2008 Project-to-be: Rainbow chip Fiesta mittens
When I was little my favorite birthday cake was a Rainbow Chip cake with Rainbow Chip frosting. When I saw these mittens at the Knitting Sisters, I instantly wanted to make them so my hands could basically look like my favorite cake (not the best idea if starving, but I think I'll be able to resist chewing on them). I've spent the last month trolling stitch pattern books, trying to figure out how Lucy Neatby did those little slip stitched gulls on the back of the hand. But alas, I cannot. Guess I'll have to pony up the 6 bucks or so to buy the pattern. But hey, I've got the yarn (pictured above), I've got the needles... it's time to make these already. I'm so excited.

2. Noro Kureyon Sock yarn fingerless gauntlets (long gloves).
2008 Project-to-be: Kureyon Sock yarn gauntlets
There's the gloves knit up in a striping sock yarn, but I want to use the new amazingly beautiful sock yarn from Noro. This way I can showcase the colors in a way that will be appropriate for this hand wash only yarn. I don't think I'm ready to hand wash my socks. I'd rather spend my time knitting them, and let the washing machine do the rest.

3. Skinny scarf from Knitty Gritty, a TV show on the DIY network.
2008 Project-to-be: Skinny scarf with kitchen cotton. Why not?
Stupidly easy, yet intimidating in its "Cast on 400 stitches" beginnings. But then, I might make it shorter. I just like the idea of having a rainbow scarf, plus getting to burn through some of the Peaches & Creme cotton I have in my stash (bought to make rainbow washcloths... before I realized how many ends I would have to weave in), plus I like the woven texture and think it's something my wee knitters in Afterschool could pull off. So in the name of experimentation, I shall make it.

4. Replacement belted cardigan
Starsky imagining
My favorite sweater (actually a belted cardigan) went missing one day in a thrift store. We searched and searched, but unfortunately I think it got lifted from my cart while I wasn't paying attention to it. I remember some scruffy looking dudes giving me all kinds of weird looks as they headed out the doors, and then I realized my cardigan was gone... with my wallet still in the pocket. I hate to assume, but after searching, it seemed that the cardi was no longer in the store... and I think that they took it. I would have gladly given them the wallet (although that was sad, as it was a little leather thing that Kenny's Dad picked up in Italy and gave me for Xmas in 2005) in exchange for the sweater. I coveted that thing from the moment I saw it on my sophomore year roommate. At the end of the year she gave it to me (I wore it more than she did, and she is very kind) and it almost never left my sight from that day until the day in the thrift store. So. I have a plan in mind to remake that garment. I will find yarn that comes as close to it's swirl of fall colors as possible. I will use the Starsky pattern from Knitty, pictured above in white, as the basic recipe, but retool it to be more like the actual missing piece. Starsky is the closest thing I can find. I will love and love and love that sweater. That's the plan. The yarn above is the closest I've found so far to the original colorway.

There are so many more projects in my queue, and so much yarn in my stash... but three will suffice for now. It's time for me to go outside and play with the little ones. Maybe after lunch I'll put together some more. Here's to the New Year!


hildiesmom said...

Leave it to you to find another *great* pattern... LOVE the mittens. Have to agree with you about the Noro...I'm also going to do fingerless gloves. Re: the sideways scarf. I've done one of these (not this particular one, but similar) and the really NICE thing is that even though "cast on forty bazzillion" is intimidating, you don't have to "knit forever"...It is really cool that the length is pretty much determined and you don't get the feeling that you knit forever and don't get anywhere. That stitch pattern is cool too...you get lots of bang for the buck with even only two different yarns. Choose a solid and a variagated and alternate. It looks really cool. Isn't it funny how we knitters can always look ahead to the "next" project? I am glad to have company in the League of Non-monogamous Knitters!

Vickie Howell said...

Your scarf looks great! BTW, I noticed a podcast banner on your page. If you're into crafty podcasts, give mine a listen! I've been doing it for a bit while Knitty Gritty is on hiatus. Guests include: Debbie Stoller, Will Forte (SNL), Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and more! It's on iTunes or at www.vickiehowell.com. xo, Vickie

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