27 July 2006

Panic! at the knitting disco

Dear Kristen,

I'm about to finish the Neil Gaiman socks and on Sunday I head to NC for a week of beach time (and 8 hours of un interrupted knitting on the drive there and back). I'm in a state of panic. I have a bajillion projects I want to start (ok, that would be 3) and NO APPROPRIATE YARN for any of them. I need help. I need recommendations. I need someone to tell Simon that adding to the stash is not a problem, and no, I do not already own something that will work. Stash is precious yarn I can't live without but has no purpose. This is purchasing with purpose...it's a different type of yarn acquisition entirely!

The contenders:

The Somewhat Cowl - http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2005/12/the_somewhat_co.html - I absolutely adore this pattern but I'm nervous about the arm hole openings (i.e. will they pull across my big ole boobies).

Rambling Rose - http://girlwhoknits.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/07/09/a-rambling-rose.html - Simon's mother sent me this issue of Rowan for my birthday and I've been crushing on this pattern ever since. I adore this particular finished object photo. It looks amazing on Girl Who Knits. Question...would it look this good on me or am I too curvy to pull it off?

Now Option 1 and Option 2 have the same major drawback. THE SECOND SWEATER CURSE. *insert doom-y music* I knit a monstrosity of a first sack, I mean sweater, about a year and a half ago and I'm very nervous that my second sweater will reflect the same lack of skills. What if it doesn't fit? What if I ruin the yarn? What if I'm not on gauge? What if this sucks? Enter Option 3...the wimp's way out.

The Arr-gyle socks -
http://www.mothheaven.com/ - Amazing, and they are Argyles! I must know how to knit the argyles. I love to knit socks. I’ve done fair isle with success so intarsia can’t be any worse. In fact, this looks like it would be relatively easy.

Commence pre-vacation panic! Do I knit the argyles now because I'm too chicken shit to knit a sweater? Does it protect my sanity? Can I find the yarn in time?

Tune in at the end of my vacation to find out. (And comment comment comment with advice to help a sister out.)



Laura said...

I vote the Argyle socks!

Erin said...

I say bring two projects. The argyle and a sweater. And you can totally knit a sweater. I had to knit several sweaters that didn't quite work right to get to a point where I am comfortable with knitting for my body but I am so glad I did. Good luck (and thanks for the compliment!)

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