Friday, January 1, 2010

Ten in 2010: Next Ten Knitting Projects

Happy 2010, everyone!

This is the first in what I imagine will be a series of "Ten in 2010" posts. This one is my next ten knitting projects (for those of you who only read this blog for the funny stories and cute pics of my boys, I am in no way offended if you skip this post.)

1. Finish Owls sweater for me. I am making this with Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed in Charcoal Heather and have the body done from the bottom of the sweater up to the armpits and have started the sleeves. So far so good. I can't wait to have this sweater to wear. The yarn is so soft and a lovely color combo (charcoal with grellow specks). The shape is very wearable and the owls are adorable!

2. V-Neck Cabled Polo Sweater for J in Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby DK in bright yellow (color #110). J's been asking for a yellow sweater and I bought this pattern a while ago because I thought it would be adorable on the boys. I've avoided it because it is lots of cables on small needles, but after the easiness of Owls, I think I'm up for a more complex project. Yarn purchased. Waiting to be swatched.

3. Slanting Gretel Tee for my sister Cat in Ella Rae Baby Cotton in Aloha (light green). I enjoyed making mine and my sister requested one so I'm going to make it for her as a birthday gift. Yarn purchased. Waiting to confirm measurements with my sister.

4. Ripple Cardigan for me in Schulana Kid-Seta in Tangerine. I've been considering a fun flirty lightweight cardigan for a while and I love the fun twist at the back of the neck in this one. I also love Kidsilk Haze (the recommended yarn which is identical to the Schulana Kid-Seta). I am considering doing three-quarter length sleeves instead of full length. Yarn purchased. Need to swatch.

5. Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf for me in Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Jelly (a fun green). Yarn and book received as a gift for Christmas 2008. I'm a little afraid of this project, but am not sure why. I need to just go for it. This will be a fun accessory to wear and to keep me warm when the Texas weather gets cold, but not too warm since it is Texas.

6. Salina sweater for me in KnitPicks City Tweed DK (possible colors include Enchanted, Poseidon, Plum Wine, Desert Sage, Orca or Porpoise). I think the stockinette in this will be a nice break after the lace scarf. I have wanted to knit this for a while, but never was able to spend the money on Rowan Felted Tweed (or find Rowan Felted Tweed in the color I wanted when I had the money). I just realized the Knit Picks was a economical substitution and am excited. I have the pattern, but haven't ordered the yarn yet.

7. Girl Friday for me in Naturally Caron Country in Charcoal. I've been wanting a good all purpose cardigan and this one is very appealing to me. I like the interest that the lace pattern adds and I like the shawl collar. And I already bought the yarn--LOVE this charcoal color! My only concern with this pattern is that it is knit in a lot of parts and then seamed together. I really enjoy things that are knit in the round or in one piece or anything else that minimizes finishing work.

8. Paper Dolls for me or something similar. I love the idea of a short-sleeve sweater and have been thinking of making a similar one for a while. I love stranded colorwork and haven't done any for a while. This one looks particularly cute and includes a few new techniques (corrugated rib, i-cord edging) that I'd like to learn. If I hadn't already bought yarn for so many other projects, this one would probably be higher on my list.

9. Ribbon Trim Cardigan for me in some sort of Knit Picks Sport weight yarn. I am considering Telemark, Shine Sport, Comfy Sport and Simply Cotton Sport. This is another one that I fell in love with a while ago, but was put off by the cost of yarn. I'm hoping one of the KnitPicks yarns will be a good economical option. Again, this would be a great go-to cardigan for everyday wear. I love the fun play of cables and ribbing and having a ribbon accent just sends it over the edge for cuteness in my book. Again, this will be a hefty undertaking in terms of time knitting and finishing so it is further down my list. Whenever, I do get to this one--I think I will wear it a lot!

10. One of the Danger Crafts softie patterns by Rebecca Danger that I bought. These are all so adorable and I really need to knit up one or more of them--and I really need to use up more of my stash yarn which these will be great for.

So that's the plan. As always, these plans are subject to change. I'm still thinking about knitting myself some mittens and maybe I might try a pair of socks and N kind of needs a hat, but, in general, this is my plan. I am excited about all of these projects and am excited to be a selfish knitter this year and knit lots of things for myself. I'm sure I will fall in love with new patterns and will be swayed to knit other things, but I like having a plan and sharing it.

Happy 2010, everyone! May it be a great year for everyone!


Nicole B. said...

i was just thinking that it's great you finally are knitting for yourself!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Happy New Year - good luck with your projects!