I have so many things I want to knit. I have so many things that I want to knit, for which I already have the yarn. Sometimes I’m almost paralyzed by the sheer number of choices. So today I just want to review some of the top candidates
First up is the The Shetland Fern Sweater.
I saw this sweater in The Natural Knitter about this time last year, fell in love with the pattern, and begged for a copy of the book. I got my copy and immediately set out trying to acquire the yarn. The pattern calls for Shetland 2000 (I believe it is now called Shetland Supreme). The distributor for this yarn in the US is Yarns International. As luck would have it, in February, they had a sale, so I ordered the kit. The original sweater was knit entirely in natural colored yarn and I just could not see trying to find substitutes. Never mind that I had never knit a stranded pattern of any sort, and still have not completed one. I had to have this sweater. We won’t even discuss the fact that it will probably never be cold enough for me to wear this sweater, should I ever finish it. I had to have it.
So now I have the yarn…
And I’ve knit a swatch. (But let’s not discuss the fact that I don’t remember what needle size I used to knit the swatch.) I got gauge.
So the yarn arrived, I knit a swatch, and enjoyed it immensely. But I was busy with other things, so it had to wait. Now it’s time to get back to it, but is it the major project I want to begin now, or could it be option number two…
The Woodland Jacket from Sunday Knits. I had been eyeing this pattern for a while and then when her pattern for the Kelmscott came out in the Winter 2009 issue of Twist Collective, I decided it was time to buy.
And buy I did. I ordered the kit with the Nirvana yarn in prune. It is gorgeous stuff. A blend of merino and cashmere. It came and I have barely had time to start a swatch. I love this sweater and really want to knit it, but is it the project I want to start now. I have other options…
I have also been eyeing Fountaine by Marion Foale since it first appeared in Rowan 44. For some reason, when I saw the pattern I decided I finally wanted to knit a Rowan pattern in the specified yarn, but just as I decided this, Rowan discontinued their 4-ply soft, so I scrambled and found some at Webs. (Actually, looking back I have the specified yarn for all of these projects. Hmmmmm! How did that happen?)
So here I have yet another choice, complete with the yarn. There are others, but I think I’ll stop for now. I’m feeling a bit overcome by the yarn fumes. So many choices, so little time. I know there are much worse problems to have.