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Planning Accordingly
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Planning Accordingly

I only have three Works in Progress at this point. Balmoral is very close to the end. I was not able to finish her this weekend like I had hoped, but it will be soon, nonetheless. According to the length measurements, I have 2.5 inches to go. I tried her on and was very happy with the way it looked so far. This may be the first item I have knit where I am completely happy with the overall fit. I reserve this statement until I am completely finished with her, however.

My Trekking socks are making slow progress. They are relegated to my "transportation" knitting–on the train and in the car (with Kris driving, of course) so they don’t see much action other than that. I am very impressed when knitters can whip out a sock (or pair of socks) in a few days (Carolyn and Margene for example!) but I am just not one of them… although I can knit other stuff very quickly. I don’t know where the disconnect it…

My Lucky Clover cardigan has been "on ice" for many moons now. It would be a lie to tell you that I like to knit this cardigan. I am not very far into it, and I am already frustrated. (Yes, I know I started the knitalong and it is my duty to knit the cardigan) but I think that this baby may stay on ice until I am in the mood to tackle it again… whenever that may be. However, there have been some very brave knitters who have completed the cardi in recent weeks! Check out Tara’s and Pinky’s–they both look great.

So, it is natural that I am looking forward to the wonderful world of fall knits. Don’t all knitters look forward to the return of cooler weather?

Here’s what I have planned:

The Hourglass Sweater in KnitPicks Andean Silk (Lettuce colorway): a match made in heaven? I think this one is next on my list. I hope mine turns out as great as Dani’s did! (Can you believe that is her first sweater ever?)

The Rowan Calmer in the foreground was a gift from Leanne, and I have decided to make Knitty’s Shedir with this lovely yarn.

It is such a nice pattern, and I have seen some lovely versions out there. This will probably come a little later in the fall season, and may be for some holiday gifts. The other yarns in this picture are Blue Heron laceweight silk/cotton which is destined to be some sort of lace shawl (which I am not in the mood to do now… maybe later), and for the orange recycled tweed in the back? a GIANT felted tote is precisely what it will be.

On the note of recycling yarns, I acquired two large men’s sweaters last year when my dad was cleaning out his closet… they are both wool tweeds with lovely flecks of color.

They are just screaming for a Rowan pattern once unraveled… I plan to rip the seams and hit the books looking for the perfect pattern. I am quite enamoured with the Vintage Knits Salina (recently made by both Becky and Jacqueline) and this one may be in the running for one of these yarns…

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  1. LeAnne

    Oh my God, that lettuce color will be so great on the Hourglass! I was quickly running out of yarn and made my neck bigger. I don’t recommend that. I had to run tiny elastic through the neck…it’s still not done, but I’ll finish it tonight and hopefully have an FO pic for you tomorrow. Hourglass is easy, but the raglan decreases on the shoulders seemed to take me forever. Once it’s done, though…yummy.

  2. tania

    Ohhh, I can’t wait to see your Hourglass sweater come together! I hope mine comes out okay…I went with a larger chest size, but I’m following the length of the next smaller size…it should be interesting…also, the amount of yarn posted in the pattern is totally off :( so I hope you bought extra in that stash I see!

  3. LisaB

    Ooh I love fall knits! Salina and the hourglass look great – can’t wait to see you start them.

  4. Agnes

    Mmm … looks like you’ll have a busy August!

  5. isel

    Hey! I have that same lettuce color yarn and also want to make that sweater. I’m not sure I have enough skeins, though.
    Oh and I have been in love with Salina for a year now. I love Salina. Fluffa, serendipity and I was Knit Together in My Mother’s Womb knitted it…gorgeous. I was actually on the hunt for the book this weekend. See? Sooner or later we WILL knit along. :D

  6. Karyn

    I’ve been wanting to make the Hourglass sweater too. I even have some green KnitPicks in my stash…..seems like I want to do everything you do!! :)

  7. Diana

    No pressure to knit Lucky! Just think, you started the KAL, which gave lots of people (like me) motivation to knit the sweater. So really, you contributed to lots of finished Lucky sweaters. No need to knit yours if you’re not digging it.. maybe even get sell/give away the yarn!

  8. caro

    That lettuce colour is fab, great choice. I wouldn’t worry about not knitting Lucky. You hosted the knitalong and that’s plenty of work on it’s own. Funny you mention it though, I *just* finished ripping mine out about 3 minutes ago. whee!

  9. Jenna

    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one thinking ahead to fall knits. I’m excited for some wool, but I may try to sneak one more summer project in there before the cool weather comes. Are you still thinking about the men’s sweater from last minute gifts? I showed it to Cobra this weekend, he really liked it. Maybe we can do a two person knitalong when the temps drop :P

  10. Sarah

    I have loved every Hourglass sweater I’ve encountered. You’ll have to let me know how you like Knit Picks yarn; I’ve been dying to try some because it’s SO cheap, but since you usually get what you pay for…

  11. Annie

    I love the Hourglass sweater! It’s been on my mental list of things I want to knit for fall. Word to the wise though- I’ve heard that there are a bunch of errors in the pattern so you might want to visit the author’s web site before you start just to make sure! Love the green though!

  12. Amy

    I am stalling on my husbands sock too. To me, it has become tedious. I do promise to finish it though. I will not succomb to SSS (second sock syndrome). **says with fist raised in the air**

    You will enjoy the Hourglass. It is a relaxing knit.

    Calmer is one of my absolute favorite yarns. I just some in the mail today to knit this…


    Have a great day Lauren!


  13. brooke

    The hour glass sweater will look great in that color. The wool sweaters look nice too. Recycled fibers rock!

  14. Amy

    Love the Andean Silk! The lettuce color is gorgeous, and soooooooooooo soft. Have fun!

  15. Moni

    ooh, i love the hourglass sweater. I’ve been eyeing that one, too. I’ve been thinking about fall knits lately as well. I have a little list of things to do. I just need to finish that friggen lucky clover! :)

  16. catherine

    love the hourglass sweater! i thought i reconized that color ;) dani’s looks great, i agree! i just got my yarn in for it and i was planning to swatch next week… i love that cardi, can’t wait to see it on you!!!!! know what youmean about those super sockers!!! it took me 5 days to just do 1 sock! how do those ladies do it?

  17. Carolyn

    Hey, I am waiting on your finished socks! You can do it…the first pair is always slow…then you get it, trust me! Hourglass is an awesome knit. I may have to make another…my first was my first sweater and you know how that goes.

  18. kelly

    lolly, your kahlo looks perfect in mimi’s house. fall knits sound great right about now, huh! looking forward to your next f.o.

  19. eyeleen

    I love that color of your Andean Silk. I’m sure it’ll make a beautiful sweater!

  20. tara

    I’ve been out of town for some time, so I came by to catch up and I’m so glad you are (also) going to knit the hourglass! I can’t wait to start it, myself…well, actually I CAN wait until it’s not in the upper 90s…

  21. Jess

    That lettuce is a lovely colour – that patterns is lovely too. When I ‘grow’ up and actually get going on knits that are not accesories, I may give it a go.

  22. Chrissie

    What a fab yarn choice for the Hourglass! I have one on my mental to do list as well.

  23. megan

    I was thinking of making the hourglass sweater with Andean Silk too. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out. I’ve been looking forward to fall weather since June!!

  24. heather

    I love the hourglass sweater!

    All these plans! I love it!

  25. Donna

    Hey Lolly…Love all of your new project picks. And I am so glad to hear that you are happy w/Balmoral. I too have had few projects that I actually love once completed! See you tomorrow?! xo DOnna

  26. Dani

    Yay hourglass! We can be twins! I am sure your Trekking socks are coming along super nice… The Lucky Clover cardigan is a beautiful knit, but I don’t think I would enjoy knitting that, hence me not giving in to the calling :)

  27. Wanda

    Love your fall knitting ideas. The shedir is very cute. The Hourglass Sweater I totally want to make. Everyone’s I see is so cute, just makes me want to do it now. I love the color you chose for it too. Dani’s sweater is so very cute too.

  28. Miriam

    Lolly, Lolly, Lolly!! You temptress you! Now despite everyone saying that Lucky Clover was a pain in the ass to knit, I want to knit it! AND I want to order enough Andean Silk to make the hourglass sweater. I’ve wanted to make it for quite a while and never found the right yarn, but Andean Silk would probably be great!

    Now… if only I could brainwash someone into giving me lots of money so I could buy all the yarn I will need.

  29. Samantha

    Oooh, that Andean Silk yarn is gorgeous and is going to look even better as an hourglass sweater! I just ordered some stuff from KnitPicks (Elegance) and I’m awaiting it’s arrival (with pins and needles – no pun) …

    I admire those who can knit up a sock (or a pair) in a day or two too.

    Happy knitting!

  30. Karen

    The hour glass sweater is on my to-do list too. I love the color you chose. I can’t wait to see how you like working with the yarn. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. Also, I don’t think you should feel obligated to knit a sweater you are not enjoying even if you did start the knitalong. It is suppose to fun! :)

  31. Kimberli

    I’ve just gotten 2 items for ReKAL…now to find the time to RIIIIIIP! Let me know what you think of the knitpicks yarn! I’ve been contemplating RAOKing a ton of my existing yarn and then treating myself to some knitpicks…!

  32. froggy

    oh i just may have to get some of that lettuce yarn! wonderful color and a perfect pattern match. and salina is going to look gorgeous. both of those are on my list.

  33. Stephanie

    Cute projects – too many cute things to knit, not enough time to knit them! I can’t wait to see your Balmoral – it looks like a really cute sweater.

  34. Mindy

    You enabler!!! I was planning a purchase to KnitPicks for 2 skeins for a gift. Now, I’m going to have to get the Andean Silk for the Hourglass. Which has been on my list for a while now. But with the free shipping and all…

  35. emy

    I think those recycling yarns would look great!

  36. Liz

    Ooh… andean silk for the hourglass sweater, eh? Great idea! I might join you on this little venture. :) Love the colorway of Trekking you’re using… very nice.

  37. Kellee

    Wow! What a beautiful color choice! If you’ve never used the Andean Silk before, I think you’re in for a real treat. It’s so darned yummy. I also used the A.S for my hourglass sweater, and I can’t say enough good things about it. Having work the sweater about a dozen times before it got too warm, I can also say that it seems to be holding up very well. I’ve seen no signs of pilling or wear. I can’t wait to see yours!

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