As I put my finishing touches on Francis (yes! it was that quick of a knit! Soaking and blocking tonight – photos tomorrow, hopefully!), I am already thinking about what to cast on for next… I made up my mind awhile ago that I wanted to make a vest this winter. There are so many great patterns for vests, and they seem so wearable.
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…and better yet, I have yarn in the stash that seems to be a perfect match for all of the vests above! The stash is in serious need to “realignment”, and vests seem to be a way to self-correct. They are quick to knit, use enough yarn to see a dent, and are infinitely wearable.
I have wools, cottons, alpacas, linens, and several blends to choose from… at this point, I am planning to make ALL of these vests. The true question is where to start! I am leaning towards Kaino, Bloom, or the Drops vest to knit first, because the yarns I have in mind for them are yarns that have been in my stash for awhile (Jenna’s policy of first in-first out applies here!) Following that maxim, I should knit up Bloom first because I am planning to use the Dalegarn Sisik that bought in early 2005. The lovely wool you see here is my Tess Yarns Merino, bought at MDSW in 2007. I had a vest planned all along, and I had a false start last year with the cabled vest (I still love that pattern, but the cable pattern was a little too much for me at the time – I may give it another try at another time!) This yarn seems like a wonderful fit for the lovely Kaino vest, designed by Norah Gaughan. Terhi’s version (it is always Terhi, isn’t it?) allowed me to see this vest in a new light, and I started to think about it a lot… so, I decided that I needed one too.
Alice’s adorable Bottoms Up top seems like a great piece that can transition well from spring to summer and from fall to winter if knit up in a good yarn. A garment like that needs some flow and drape – but not too much – so I thought about the linen in my stash (at right – Euroflax Linen in Cedarwood colorway), as well as the cotton/silk blend yarn, Dalegarn Svale. Maybe this should be a New Year’s knit? preparing for springtime temperatures?
I am feeling a little obsessive here – is anyone else so cerebral about their knits?
…well I will be making up my mind very soon… I want to have another project to take with me on our short trip to Atlanta tomorrow through Sunday. Airport/airplane knitting is a good thing.