What next?

11 Mar

Sometimes I have a really hard time deciding on a project.  Right now I’m working on Joy and Babette, but I need a knit project too… crochet is much harder on my hands, and I do much better if I switch back and forth between the two crafts.  The problem is that neither I nor the weather can decide what season it is.  Plus, although I have tried to start several sweaters (the two I recently showed here) I have been blocked by my mind’s refusal to let me do lots of stockinette.  It’s funny, because I usually love stockinette, but I think I’m being haunted by my last two unfinished sweaters.  I need a break.  So I’ve decided to try something new… my first real lace project!

 

The yarn is Kürbis in the dark colorway by Wollmeise.  The color is closer in the 2nd photo.  Kürbis means pumpkin (I think) but this yarn is closer to the color of flames.  It’s so beautiful, and I’ve been stymied by what to use it for since I bought it – too pretty for socks, but what else to make?  I’m going to make the Shetland Triangle shawl (thanks to the several commenters who suggested it for me!)  Above is a copy I made at the library of the pattern, but I’m going to go this afternoon and buy the book – this will be the 2nd pattern I have made from Wrap Style, and my personal rule is that if I make more than one I have to buy the book, rather than using the library.  Plus, I think I might like to make a few of the other designs, so it will be good to own!  While I’m there I’m going to pick up Mason Dixon too, as I’m planning to make a piano bench cover of my own.

Wish me luck as I attempt my first all lace pattern since I made branching out in 2006!

I have also finished the back and 1 sleeve on Joy, and it’s moving along nicely.  The bodice pattern is a little mind numbing, but I think it should fit.  The sleeves are tiny, but they seem to fit around my arms!  Hopefully this one isn’t going to drag on forever.

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8 Responses to “What next?”

  1. Renee March 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    In German Kürbis can mean pumpkin or refer to squash. When I was a kid my mom used to grate squash like thickly shredded coleslaw and then bake it with honey and spices. She called that Kürbis. What a gorgeous colourway, I can’t wait to see the beautiful lace you create with it!!

  2. Marcela March 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    That color is beautiful – reminds me of fall, of course, since it’s orangey/red, but it will certainly get anyone out of a winter mindset. I hope the lace project goes well – I’m afraid of doing my first lace project, whenever I get up the courage.

  3. Rachel March 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    I’m making a Shetland Triangle right now (there’s an early picture here: http://rkray3.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/red-is-the-color/) ! It’s my first big lace project – I’ve made Branching Out and a few smaller items. It’s a wonderful project for early lace knitters – a very intuitive pattern with purl rest rows. Those last rows are killer, though – lots of stitches!

  4. mandulka March 12, 2008 at 7:52 am #

    The color is gorgeous.
    Shetland Triangle was my first lace project too. I loved it so much I made two. It is going to look really beautiful in that yarn and maybe you won`t have to make that many repeats since it is a sock yarn?

  5. Kori March 12, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    Love you blog. It is so inspiring to see all your projects. Can you share what publication the tank sweater is in? I have not knitted any sweaters yet and I may want to try!

  6. Purl March 12, 2008 at 10:39 am #

    I agree that knitting is easier on the hands then crocheting.

  7. Bobbi March 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    oh my gosh! that is stunning! I can’t wait to see how you like it and how it knits up!

  8. Melissa March 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    Oh my that yarn is gorgeous. I love all the Wollmeise colors. I’m sure it will make a stunning shawl. I agree that it’s too beautiful for socks.

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