Next season's knitting plans
This year I managed to get some good summer knitting done. It started with the butterscotch lacy cardigan I knitted (and you unfortunately haven't seen yet). This cardigan has proven to be absolutely perfect for when I cycle to work in the morning or back home again in the evening (I work a lot of late shifts). It's been my second most-worn me-made so far (first place goes to the Lumber Jacket). I guess this clearly means I need more of the same for next year.
After the cardigan I thought it was time for a summer jumper. This pattern, "Althea", had been high on my list so I decided to knit it with cotton. The cotton has a beautiful stitch definition and I absolutely love the way it makes the stitch pattern look. I finished this one over a week ago and unfortunately it turned out a lot more fitted and shorter than I intended. It's still very pretty though.
For the past three weeks I have been knitting away swiftly on what I have decided will be my last summer project for this year. It's another cotton jumper, but this one has a baggy fit and is knitted in DK. I must say that DK is a nice change from the constant 4ply knitting I have been doing, which I must admit can become a little tedious.
Meanwile, as I've nearly finished my last summer project, I am thinking about fall and winter knitting projects. I'd like to switch back to spring/summer knitting again in march, which means I have about 6 months of cold-weather knitting. On average it takes me about a month to finish 1 project, so that's 6 projects (leaving no room for delays)... and my Top Priority to-knit list is already much longer than that! I have seriously stopped purchasing knitting patterns for now because I already have so many that I want to knit.. and I am very prone to analysis paralysis (even more so with sewing) so I don't need to make it worse by adding even more choices!
I figured it would be a good idea to make a clear overview of my wants and needs for cold weather knitting in this post just to straighten things out for myself. I've tried very hard to think of my 6 most important (or most desired) projects.
(This list is not necessarily in the order I want/plan to knit them)
1. Lacy cardigan
I want to add at least one more lacy cardigan to my wardrobe, but this time in a completely different colour. This will actually be my next project because it's more fall than winter appropriate. I've chosen Artesano Alpaca Silk 4 ply in "Lillypad" and will be knitting Sirdar #1193.
2. Plain jumper
I have been craving a completely plain high-waisted jumper that isn't too fitted. It is especially inspired by the lovely picture below. I even already have the yarn for it, again Artesano Alpaca Silk 4 ply in "Dolphin" which is almost the exact colour in the picture. The pattern I'll be using is from the same 1937 Jack Frost Blouse Book as this pattern.
3. Tyrolean Cardigan
I have been deeply in love with Tyrolean style cardigans since I started knitting and I don't really know why I've waited so long to actually knit one. I have 2 patterns in my collection that I really want to knit so I'm hoping I might be able to squeeze in both.These two actually happen to be not your typical Tyrolean cardigans with embroidered flowers etc.
I finally want to knit my first (stranded) colourwork project and I have pretty much decided that I will knit one of the lovely cardigans from the NitWell book I shared in my previous post. It only uses two colours, doesn't have any colourwork on the sleeves and has a simple stitch pattern that's easily adjustable in size if needed so it seemed like a good pattern to start with.
5. Cabled winter cardigan
Another thing I have been craving is a warm and cozy cabled cardigan that will be perfect for winter. I am most probably going to knit Susan Crawford's Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper from a Stitch in Time vol. 2 in dark brown.
6. Christmas sweater/jumper
I want to start a tradition this year where I knit a (vintage) Christmas jumper every year. I'm not necessarily very fond of Christmas, but I always enjoy the kitschy-ness of Christmas sweaters/jumpers. I haven't settled on a design yet but I'm considering this 1940s "Reindeer Sports-Jumper".
And then there are so many other things I want and need to knit, ugh! I also wanted to start knitting socks and gloves/mitts this year but how I am ever going to fit that in, I don't know.. I need to knit faster!