Lots and Lots of Knitting

I love beginning new knitting projects. Finishing them is another story. Ravelry, the knitters online community, constantly gives me new ideas. When I began knitting, I thought I would consume less because of the amount of time needed to complete a single garment. However, if you let me into a yarn store, I feel the luscious fibers, and I will come away with a lot of yarn!

Lately, there is a lot of yarn sitting around the house. The yarn doesn't just sit around in skeins. Oh no, I have 6 projects in the works at the moment...

Ziyal by Allison Goldthorpe is a free pattern on Ravelry. I bought this Misti Alpaca yarn in Tasmania and have struggled to find a project for it. This is a prime example of the yarn impulse buy. If there is one thing I have learned in my years of knitting, it is that one skein is rarely enough yarn for any project. Walk away, better yet run away if there is only one skein of that dye lot left in the store. Unless of course you want to make socks.

Socks, like Tin Can Knits Rye pattern, are a fantastic way to use up that extra ball of yarn from your last project. I am terrified of running out of yarn before the end of a project. It often takes me three months to make a sweater. I do not, on the home stretch, want to find out that I need one more ball and that colorway is sold out throughout Australia! So I often buy an extra 200 meters or yards of yarn just in case. So, I generally have leftovers. Check out some sock patterns. They are quick projects and super comfy!

I had a whole bunch of uneven handspun yarn sitting around the house. Did I mention that I tried spinning? It went alright. Spinning creates a lot of yarn fairly quickly, but leaves little time for knitting. I found more skeins were piling up in my stash. Again, not the best when I was trying to cut down on my general consumption. My handspun yarn is not the most even throughout. I chose Briggs Street by Dawn Catanzaro (Quince & Co.). This pattern let me use my handspun and even it out a bit with a contrasting color. I love Manos del Uruguay yarn!

We're not done yet. What is that, 3 projects? Holy moly, three more to go.

Maeve by Carrie Bostick Hoge - nice name by the way! - will be a fantastic sweater once it is finished. It is very very monotonous knitting. If you are looking for your first no-sweat-er, this is it! It is quick and easy. Lately, I like a little challenge, which this pattern doesn't supply. Therefore, it has been sitting on the shelf for a few months.

Did I just say that I wanted complicated? I take it back! I take it all back! This sweater has been my nemesis for two years. I have frogged it (taken it all out, every last stitch until I have balls of yarn again) twice. The pattern is not entirely hard to understand. It's just hard to see where you are at on the sweater if you don't constantly write it down. I often forget to write it down. Regardless, I will finish the Maija Pullover, Mari Muinonen, by the time I fly back to the sates for Christmas. Hold me to that.

Finally, ah we made it! We have the Summit Shawl by Mandi Harrington. I love this pattern. It incorporates a mix of eyelet holes created by an entrelac-ish pattern and dropped stitches. The only problem is, the yarn is itty bitty thin which means progress is slow going. I've been working on this project for roughly four years and plan to have a good portion of it done in the next four. I make no guarantees about actually finishing it.

I haven't looked at all of the projects together until today. I will finish at least some of these by the end of the month!

Do you like the bags that I keep my projects in? I make them! Head over to my Etsy shop and take a look at what's available.