This is all the fault of Ravelry designer Caitlin Hunter. I’m busy knitting away on her Tegna sweater (for the second time… I made one of these last month and I discovered that I needed another) and I have gotten above the lace section at the bottom and am now cruising through the plain knitting section.
I have really picked up speed now that I am above the lace. Woohoo! I may have this done in another week depending on how much I wander off to knit other things like socks because, well, it is just a tad boring… my mind wanders. I start to dream of other projects and about things that I want to do. I think about books I want to read. I think about mowing the lawn. I think about what I want to cook for dinner. I start to plan the next sweater and then I go on a mental wander of yarn stash. Hmm… what is in there? What should I knit next?
I take knitting breaks to drag out yarn in the colors and weights that I think might work for my next project. I go back to knitting, and then on the next break I head back to the stash to pull out another couple skeins that I just remembered. I have literally woken up in the morning thinking of another possible yarn/color combination. The yarn, stored in plastic lock-top bins, starts to stack up next to my knitting chair. My mind wanders more…
Today I dragged out 4 skeins of wild fuchsia painted yarn that my BKB Deb convinced me to buy a few months ago out to the back deck to look at it in the sun with different contrasting yarn combinations. I’m thinking of colorwork here…
I fussed and worried about my choice, kept looking at how the yarns played with each other, and finally decided on choice #2 as it calmed down the wild colors a little and blended better with the dark undertones in the main color fuchsia yarn. So, what will this be? You are looking at my next project, a Sipila (by Caitlin Hunter) long sleeved sweater that should be done just in time for late summer/early fall.
But wait… I also found this fabulous Uncommon Thread yarn in the colorway Brasselthwaite lurking in the back of the stash.
At first I though that this yarn wanted to be a Zweig (by Caitlin Hunter) sweater and I matched it up with a yummy gold cashmere blend yarn that I bought from Western Sky Knits to make the lace yoke for the sweater.
Here’s the problem… I have all of this yarn that I’ve dragged down to the knitting arena to go through during knitting breaks. I keep finding colors that I really liked. I kept thinking of different combinations of colors. I had my heart set on some colorwork. Gee, Caitlin Hunter has some really nice colorwork sweaters…
If I knitted a Sunset Highway I could use the Uncommon Thread for the body and the other three colors would make the colorwork yoke. I really like these colors… I really liked the idea of making the Zweig… I have a lot of skeins of grey yarns with little flecks of color… can I maybe fade them together to make the Zweig, but if I do that , what will I use for the lace section? Hmm… I wonder what is in the stash?
I am knitting like the wind now on the Tegna, and as I stitch I mull over my sweater options. So many sweaters, so much yarn. My goal is to use as much yarn as I can from the stash without heading off to the LYS to buy more. I’m trying. Really, I am. I am determined to have a stash that has shrunk by the end of summer.
So, I have gone down the Caitlin Hunter sweater rabbit hole. Just a little bit…
I am having sweater troubles for sure. May you all have the same. 🙂
13 thoughts on “Sweater Troubles”
Lovely choices all! You get bonus points for picking yarn from stash:)
They are nice colors. It’s a total stash win!
I absolutely love Caitlin’s design’s too. I’m finishing my WIP, and then I’m starting my first Tegna. I’m hoping to buy yarn for Sipila when I’m in Greece in October to make an extra special sweater.
Oh, Greece! I can’t wait to see what you get. I’ve been a fan of Isabell Kraemer for a long time, and now Caitlin Hunter. It’s crazy how one designer can keep putting out sweaters that I desperately need.
Those colors are absolutely beautiful!
I have that same problem. I’m thinking of all my greens wondering what I can make with them this month. Your yarn is beautiful!
I hear you. I spend so much time working out yarn and patterns. It’s just crazy, but worth the time in the end.
For sure as I always know by the end of one project what I want to do next:)
Sounds like fun…I’d offer to help you with your stash, but I have a small one of my own to work on…at least where socks and a dragon skin bodice are concerned. Alas, off to the stash for more happy knitting;-).
Happy stash diving!
Oops, I was thinking choice #1, but have not looked at the pattern yet. However, I do like #2 also. Can’t wait to see it, you flare for color blending is awesome as always.
All greyt color combinations. Aren’t you glad your BKB convinced you to by the fuschia, because it will be an awesome sweater!!!
Yes I am!!