We've had a few days of rain around here and I'm missing my knitting needles. I admit I believed that my baby would be dressed in an endless supply of hand-knit items, but in reality that hasn't happened. The one sweater I made while I was pregnant is still too big for her and that's good because it doesn't have buttons yet. I started a blanket for her when she was about a month old, but I stalled out at some point and it hasn't seen the outside of the project bag in a while. I really envisioned myself knitting away while breastfeeding, but I was never able to figure out how to hold the baby and the needles at the same time, so that never happened. Too bad, because I did spend a LOT of time breastfeeding for those first few months. Now that she's eating real food she mostly wants to nurse at night and first thing in the morning and she has no patience for my milk during the day.
So I'm not knitting. I still have a stash and a lot of projects in process, but this may be the first fall in a long time that I'm not actually knitting. But that doesn't stop me from thinking about knitting. So to make me feel better about getting lost on Ravelry this chilly morning, I thought I'd put together a little fantasy project list. What I would make if I was knitting right now.
- Lace-edged baby blanket (in progress - Ravelry link), from the book Booties, Blankets and Bears by Debbie Bliss. In Plymoth Worsted Superwash Merino in mahogany, slate and sage (I made up those color names - I can't find the yarn tags).
- Also in progress, Juno Regina shawl in a stunning hand-dyed silk. Right. Like I have the brain cells to be knitting lace. I'm in the center "simple" part of the pattern and I got lost the last time I tried to knit on it and had to rip back.
- Eyelet Yoke Cardigan, in a pretty hydrangea pink yarn I found on clearance someplace. The pattern was chosen to coordinate with the next sweater...
- Shalom Cardigan, (in progress) with long sleeves, in bulky baby alpaca. This is going to be the softest hug of a sweater if I ever finish it. This project is the third incarnation for this yarn and I think this was the project it was waiting for all along. I'm having to do a lot of re-figuring of the pattern and I got stuck at the calculations for the body. It probably isn't all that hard, I just need to sit down and deal with it. I started this one while I was pregnant also, and imagined sitting up in the night nursing my newborn, us both wrapped in the soft soft cuddle of alpaca. And then I realized nursing in bed was going to get us both a lot more sleep. But now that the weather is turning cool again, I can see myself pulling this around my shoulders in the evening *before* bed.
- And over my knees I'll have my Ripple Blanket, which I'm working in bulky instead of worsted because I thought it would go faster, but it is still taking forever. I think I started this one in 2009 and I'm still only half-way through it. At least it is nice and warm on my lap while I work on it.
- Chloe Sweater, pattern by Never Not Knitting (and how does she manage that with little kids?). I have yarns in similar but not exact shades to the pattern photo. While looking for the link to that pattern, I fell for this Very Cherry dress by the same designer.
- Berry baby hat. (Ravelry link) Every baby needs one of these.
- Any of the hats from Twisted Wooly Toppers, either for me or the girl. I'm torn between Brownie and Lollie. Though I'm not sure I could pull off Lollie's topknot.
Alright, that'e enough. I have so many more projects in process or bagged up with pattern and yarn at the ready, but this is getting depressing.
Come on, tell me what you are working on. Or not working on and wish you were.