Oh my aching queue!

25 Oct

Dear designers,

Please stop releasing pretty patterns long enough for me to catch up  My fingers are sore!

Thanks,
Jessica

Ok, just kidding… keep releasing them and I will queue away happily!  This week has seen the release of Amber, the new book from Kim Hargreaves.  I, of course, bought it right away – I have made more of her patterns than any other designer.

There are a few repeated patterns (for instance, if you liked my “Honey,” it’s here resized for Cashsoft Chunky) but most of the patterns are new to her books – some come from previous winter collections, and some are new patterns all together.  What do I want to knit?

It is sad, truly… and this is the edited down list.  Apparently I’m a sucker for the whole “english countryside” thing.  The first sweater up there is just gorgeous, but it’s knit in cashsoft chunky, and you don’t even want to know how much that would cost (or the weight of the thing, probably…)  The second sweater (Ginny) is in felted tweed, easily subbed with Silky Wool, which I have in a nice mossy green color.  The wrap is knit in the new Colourscape chunky, which I might want to try (or I might sub Silk Garden chunky, depending if I can find a good price.)  The scarf is knit in kidsilk haze, which I have never knit with, and I think it’s time to give it a try.

The sexy knitters club on Ravelry has chosen two patterns that I would like to make this time around (I haven’t participated in ages, because they kept choosing things I had already knit.)

Baby Cables and Big ones too, in Green Mountain Spinnery Sylvan spirit (I am slightly short in yardage, but it won’t break my heart to have to buy another skein.)

The Silken Scabbard in Malabrigo Silky Merino.  I love this sweater, and this may be my motivation to actually start it!  I never seem to make pullovers, but I think I should try more.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to buy these patterns yet(well, I have the silken scabbard, but I like the first pattern more,) since my paypal account is sort of broken.  I have a long history of hating paypal very much, but this is really annoying.  They insist that my account was compromised and are making me verify my identity in a million ways, including by phone.  But we don’t have a land line, and they won’t use a cell, meaning I have to wait for a letter… so annoying.

It had better get fixed before the Twist collective comes out in a week.  They aren’t doing as many previews this time, but I’m in love with this one already:

This is Knitscot by Norah Gaughan.  I know, I said never again, but this is a shape that is reliable on my body, and it looks like it won’t need resizing (although the sleeves look a little big.)  I can’t wait for the rest of the issue to come out, even though I haven’t made Linden from the last one yet (I had a yarn choice crisis, followed by a sizing crisis, so it’s on hold.)

Finally, check out the preview of the new Knotions, coming out in a week and a half also.  Lots of great looking patterns that are free(!)  I’m looking to see what Swing Swing looks like, because I have that exact amount and color of Colrain in my stash.  There are also some great accessory pattens (check out the isotope hat, I like the cables and the yarn it’s knit in (Cash Vero, very nice yarn.)

If you’ve read this far, I’ll give an update on my WIP.  Petersburg is getting there.  I’m halfway through the 2nd front, and it should be done tonight.  This is actually a quick knit with the chunky yarn, even with the cables.

I can’t wait to wear this one – the weather is just perfect for a vest right now!

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13 Responses to “Oh my aching queue!”

  1. Renee October 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Isn’t this book fabulous?! I posted on it yesterday too. I ordered it asap!! Ginny, Nell, Allure and Tricket are my favourites. And Ethereal is really pretty too….. Can’t wait for the book to arrive in the mail. I Love Kim’s patterns. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects from this book.

  2. thea October 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    oh I hear you! I have so many plans and keep changing what is going to be in what yarn — unless I actually cast on with something, I know another pattern will come along that might be even better for the same yarn…. ugh. That book looks lovely – wonder if the big cabled cashsoft cardigan could be done in a Berrocco merino or peruvia – much cheaper….. the blue cables look lovely, can’t wait to see it done!

  3. Kelly October 25, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    That new Kim H book looks awesome! You have fantastic taste! Can’t wait to see your silken scabbard!

  4. Kristen October 25, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    Ooooh – both your new sweaters are among my favorites of the recent offerings. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

    I really want this new Kim Hargreaves book and the Autumn one. Beautiful! Not that my queue really needs enhancing, but where are these limited Twist Collective previews of which you speak?

  5. Jessica October 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    You know, I look at Silken Scabbard, and its beautiful, but I can’t help but think that I wouldn’t like the breezes blowing about in that open neckline (!). The Baby Cables and Big … is really subtle. I like it too. Over on Ravelry, it looks like that neck line is coming out much more open though. I bet you could fix that up.

    You have many lovely choices ahead of you! I can’t wait to see what you choose first.

  6. Andrea October 25, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    Oh I love that first sweater!! All of them are beautiful! Thanks for the intro :).

  7. Tammy October 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm #

    Nice designs! I have the pattern printed out for Baby Cables and Big ones too sitting next to me along with some Rowan Calmer I plan on using. I’m trying to force myself to finish at least 1 wip first though.

  8. SweetP October 26, 2008 at 1:14 am #

    Wow, lots of lovely stuff there. I was just going through all the FO’s last night on R for the Baby Cables one. There is a gorgeous cardigan version on there that I am quite taken with. She is so clever.

    Looks like you will be busy for awhile

  9. Trine October 26, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Ack, you will make my head explode. I completely bankrupted myself (can you say that?) and now all I can think about is buying more yarn instead of worrying if there’ll be enough grocery money for the rest of the month. :P

    Amber looks gorgeous – I think it might be my brother’s Christmas gift for me. ;)

  10. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) October 26, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    Oooo…I’ve been waiting to see Swing Swing, too! That sleeve was an annoying tease.

  11. robin October 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the Twist Collective preview pattern – that one is really cute. I am almost done with Silken Scabbard and just started Baby Cables this afternoon.

  12. Victoria October 27, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    I’m very excited about the new Kim Hargreaves book too! I’m waiting on it plus the Interweave Holiday gifts to arrive through my mail box this week.

    Also can’t wait for the new Twist Collective.

    Love the patterns you’ve chosen to make from Amber.

  13. Thalia October 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    I am a total sucker for Hey, I’m just hanging out in the English countryside in my beautiful knits! too.

    I love the first sweater in particular. Ooo. Hmmm. I wonder what would be a good yarn sub for that one….

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