Again, there has been a bit of blog silence around here. But you get busy and something has got to give, right? Apparently it's the blog. I promise it's not the actual knitting - that keeps going at a steady hum in the background.
In fact, I've knit the sweater below twice in the last month or so. Picked up the needles with a vague plan and paid the price again. Old dog, old tricks.
Ball and Skein is always one of my favorite festival booths, and Judy always has really wonderful stuff, but this yarn was just so different - it's soft and hazy and almost ethereal. I had to grab some, though I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. The important word there is "some"- since I bought just UNDER a sweater's worth, in a color that no longer exists. (Think, Thea!!)
Looking at it this fall, I decided it needed to be a "going out" sweater, so I sketched and cast on and began. Then, as I got halfway up the project and realized I was going to run out of yarn, I sheepishly called Judy. She sent me an actual sweater's worth in an actual colorway and I began again.
Honestly, I love knitting with this yarn so much that knitting two (ok, almost two) sweaters was kind of OK with me. I'm writing the pattern up now, with hopes to release it just before Slater Mill's Knitting Weekend in mid January, since Judy will be there with me, and I'm betting she'll have some Lyra on hand. So, even without a plan, it still worked out, but that was my bad. Designer should know better.
And that's not the only re-knit around here. See that blue cardigan, folded on the floor in the corner there? I was not so far through this one when we decided to redirect the yarn choice there as well. Instead of bright blues, I'm now looking at Primo Aran in some of Sarah's gorgeous Plucky grays. Much more versatile. And going on the needles next. Both projects worked out fine and maybe they even needed to evolve as they did, but...
As I work through these two, plus the various swatches and piles in my office I AM thinking about making a real plan for next year. A list of sorts, spaced out over the months. Balancing different types of yarn and knits so I can work a variety of designs and can plan on the colors/yarns/quantities beforehand. It's hard, when the process is so organic and things either do or don't gel together, but maybe I can shop and plan a little more effectively if my chalkboard goes farther than the few upcoming things on the needles and drawn in the sketchpad. It's worth a try, right?
I do have some fun ideas in mind and have started a whiteboard with some new directions on it -- a few projects for the men in our lives, and a couple of things for the kids. Another e-book or two. I may lay off on the summer sweaters in favor of more accessories since I am LOVING making those up and have a small pile on the desk already that need writing.
These are just thoughts though, and I'm doing it all for you guys, so... now is a good time for any of you with requests to hop in.
Is there something you're dying to knit next year? Something you have been hoping I'd do? There's a thread in my Ravelry group where we've done this before, but how about a little blog conversation about what's next? What do you want to knit, what do you want to see, what haven't you tried, what have you been LOOKING for and not finding? Links, comments, suggestions, all of it are welcome!
Talk to me, people - I'm all ears!