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Friday, January 14, 2011

Some Thoughts

In a moment of thoughtfulness this week (mostly my brain has been too frozen to do much of any thinking at all), it occurred to me that I have a thick, warm sweater in my closet that I never wear. Five years ago, I knit an Everyday Cardigan out of Peace Fleece. (The first link is to my project on the blog, the second is a link to the pattern and the third is the yarn.) I love Peace Fleece and while this cardigan is a great, basic, oversized cardigan, it's just not that flattering on me. I find that I tend to grab other sweaters instead of this one, even though I love the color and I know it's a warm, snuggly cardigan. I pulled it out of the closet yesterday and started picking at the seams. There's 30% mohair in the yarn and mohair doesn't always like to be unknitted, but I think it's going to work. I'll have to undo the seams and then unravel all the pieces, but I've done it before and then I can reknit the yarn into something I'll actually wear. This seems like a much better option to me than leaving it like it is and just letting it live on the bottom of a sweater stack in the closet. I'm thinking of doing a top down, raglan shaped cardigan that fits me a little closer than the original Everyday Cardigan does.

Something else I'm thinking about is probably cause for getting my head examined. You all know what I've got on the needles right now, plus there's my little Knit Something of the Month Club, and I'm working on finishing up a new pattern and I'd like to design several new lace patterns this year. Despite all of this clear evidence that I don't really need to do anything else, I'm seriously considering joining this Mystery Shawl KAL, also a Ravelry link. Here's my thinking behind this (I don't know who I think I'm kidding here, I've already rationalized this harebrained idea) - the Knit Something of the Month Club involves fast projects and this will clearly be an involved, stay at home type of project. I'm almost to the part of Snowbird that will be fast and brainless, while this would be a high concentration type of project. Even if I'm designing and test knitting my new designs, I don't usually blog them and the blog must be fed - this would feed the blog quite nicely I think. Finally, I'm quite sure that laceweight yarn, beads, charts and a puppy are a wonderful combination! What am I waiting for? I'm off to sign up for this little bit of crazy. And I'm sure that when I caught Logan with a skein of Cascade 220 in his mouth it was an accident, he wasn't really trying to break its neck, he was trying to shake it out of his mouth. Laceweight will be fine!



Blogger Kamigaeru said...

My first sweater was that same Peace Fleece cardigan... and I'm having the same thoughts about ripping it out and making something I'll actually wear. Something FITTED. I'm tired of seeing it sit, unworn, in my cedar chest. I'm curious to see what you do with yours!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Geri said...

Happy ripping! Nothing like a sweater you don't wear made of yarn you'd like to wear. As far as your other little idea. Dream on! :)

1:23 PM  
Blogger Knitty said...

LOL - My girlfirend signed me up for this KAL for Christmas! Go for it. It will be good motivation to have someone else working on the project. As well as see some pictures to see if I am doing it correctly.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Joyce said...

I have a sweater that is now too big...I love the color, the pattern and the yarn...I'm having a hard time convincing myself to rip it all out and re-knit it in a smaller size though, especially when I look at all the never-before knitted yarn sitting around...

3:26 PM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

I am wholeheartedly in love with Logan and can't wait for the sparkly potty surprises one he gets a hold of your beads. ;-) And trust me, he will.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Oh oh I am so tempted to sign up ... hhmmm same predicament as you ... so many things on the needles already, but hey, I do have a stash of laceweight yarn sitting here just waiting to be something ...

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are EVIL. The last mystery shawl KAL I did was yours and now I'm staring at the swatch and thinking, "I don't need to do this (but I know I will). I don't need to do this (but I know I will)."


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