Decisions, Decisions

I’m trying to hold off on casting on for Forecast until I get at least one other project off the needles, but who knows if i’ll manage that kind of self restraint. I’ve been stalking some truly inspiriing FOs on Ravelry, and they really up the temptation factor.

I’ve been really impressed by all the modifications people have done to their Forecasts- elimanting bobbles, changing the cables, lengthing the body and the ribbing on the arms. Here is a gorgeous example from Octopus Knits:
I hope mine would turn out like that- gorgeous, all the figure-flattering mods (longer ribbing on the body and the sleeve, small-to-non-existent bobbles), and a colour to die for. I see this, and I know I need this in my wardrobe, no question.

But then I saw this on sulala.wordpress.com: Amazing. This is the only one I’ve seen where someone decided to join it and turn it into a pullover with a plunging V neckline. I love it. LOVE it. But now I’m torn- the amazing cardigan, or the amazing V neck? Sure, I could knit both, but one will have to come first. Decisions, decisions.

Stash-Guilt-Be-Gone!

Since, in a few days I will be moving, last week I decided it was high time to pull out and organize the stash, needles and notions. I should have tried to stab myself in the brain instead, I wouldn’t have noticed the difference.

6 simply soft – for the now Moderne Mini Lap-ghan & projects undetermined
4 db cotton dk – perhaps a ribbed bolero?
1 db cathay – fetching
2 alpaca silk – karo’s argyle in hibernation
1 kid silk mohair – ??? Ideas ???
2 rowanspun tweed dk – Le’Slouch
5 burgundy x-press – Skating Sweater
5 cream x-press – Shopping Tunic #2
1 navy x-press – (aviator hat?)
1 candy floss – ??? Ideas ???
1 green super bulky – ??? Ideas ???
1 green tape yarn- ??? Ideas ???
2 lace brown – ascot
6 dishcloth cotton – mom’s dishcloths
2 baby alpaca misti wstd – various hats for christmas
2 purple merino superwash – fetching + Trifecta

That, is a whole nights worth of untangling. 7 whole hours trying to undo what my lovley marley did in a matter of minutes. In the end, I could not save it all, having rather to choose what to save. I lost much of the brown laceweight and green tape yarn since they were ensnaring the more expensive yarns; I had to cut them free. The rest I painstakingly wound and wove back into managable balls.

Proper organization helps preparing for future projects. In my case, I realize now I have enough yarn for about 6 or 7 projects- if the cat doesn’t get to it first. I need good storage options to “Marley proof”.

Here are two good articles to start with:
Knitty: What’s In Store
Knitpicks Stash Managment

Right now I’m torn between some ikea boxes and an old chest that I hope to renovate.
I have no hope in hell hiding anything in the new apartment, so I’m opting for a piece I can display or get double use from.

Ikea

Vacker: $17.99

Nostalgisk: $12.99

Agen: $49.99

Dimpa: $6.99

Kaskett: $12.99

(lol, yarn kaskett: when old stash yarn is sent to pasture)

Booties Galore…

I was so excited to work with my new Koigu that I knitted these up quick quick like a bunny…

I like how they can be folded down or worn up. And the little picot edging makes these booties extra cute.

Pattern: Snowflake Booties from Baby Style, by Debbie Bliss

Yarn: Koigu PPPM (colourway #217)

Needles: 2.75mm, 3.25 mm

Modifications: none.

Notes: I think I would have preferred these in a solid colour, but then I’m usually in favour of solid colours. If it seems like I’m on a bit of a booties kick it’s because I’m having a tough time finding a go-to pattern that I love- Saartje’s booties are gorgeous, but I think a bit feminine for boys. So I needed one for the little lads, as well. I think this might be it!

In more baby footwear news, Here are a couple of shots of Saartje’s Booties on their intended recipient, baby Chloe. Chloe is the daughter of my friends, Dave and Laura. She was actually a lot happier with her new booties before the camera came out:

And I think she pretty much grew out of them immediately. They are so tiny!

Book Review, Plus Free Pattern Link!

There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of knitting books lately, that’s for sure. I’m considering this tasty little treat as a future purchase: I admit, I’m a sucker for this kind of knitting book- so well styled, so beautifully photographed, that you barely notice that there is no way you would dress like that in your real life. Seriously, check out that cover model- she’s tarted up like a refugee from Dangerous Liasions or something. But I admit, I covet that skirt like nothing else…. “An Affair to Remember”- I love the names of these patterns. And I love the following:





But then I see this, and I wonder how it got in there: Ahem. That’s not romantic. That’s not even classy. It looks like a lady of the evening has wandered into some country manor garden, and is hoping to make a bit of dough. Keep your eye out for the next pattern book to sweep the knitting world- The Hand Knit Hooker.

I think this might be my favorite, in terms of being quite romantic:

I would make the little sleeves smaller, though. Less wingy. But you know what’s exciting? It’s available online. Hooray for free preview patterns!!

If you are interested, there is a brand new KAL to join as well! I’ll be subtly stalking it to see if anyone dares make that halter dress thingy. And I’ll totally eat my words if anyone looks good in it.

It’s too Monday to be witty: FO- Saartje Bootees

morning blogland. I had a girls weekend up at the cottage, so if this entry is fraught with mistakes, take comfort in that the brain cells I have left are working hard willing me not to crave a breakfast beer. *sips tea* (Organics-Tropical Green Tea is outstanding)


Saartje Bootees

Pattern: Saartje’s Bootees

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton Dk (3/4 of a 50g ball)

Needles: 3.00mm bamboo circs

Modifications: size larger in needles and in fiber weight to accomodate stash.

Notes: I knit the smaller of the two sizes. Great project for gifts as it’s got the homemade thoughfull touch, without breaking the bank or your back. Finishing took me a while longer than I expected though the movie Troy was partly to blame. Who can pay attention when Brad Pitt is prancing around in next to nothing, muscles gleaming, fighting to the death. boy i’d like to give him….. uh.Where was I? Oh yes.


Saartje Bootees Detail
Detail of button and garter stitch

Saartje Bootees
just *had* to put them on the cat, you know, to see if they fit…. right?!