Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Knitting Angst

I've been a knitting fiend this past week, prioritizing the knitting above all else in order to finish the last couple of gifts in my queue. After all, who needs a clean house?

The manly hat (the very last item waiting to be rescued from the island of unfinished Christmas presents) is being blocked.  I meant to have the boy model it for me today but I forgot.  It will have to wait for FO Friday.

The Howlcat, which I am knitting as a chemo cap for my friend Angie, just needs the ends woven in.


As soon as I bound off the Howlcat, I cast on for a new pair of Turkish Bed Socks for my sister.  You may remember that I made a pair for her last year.  But when I visited her in Portland over the holidays, I found out that my niece absconded with them  adopted the house socks for herself.  Not one to pass up the opportunity for yarn shopping, I offered to make a new pair for my sister if she wanted to pick the color this time.

So off we went to Knit Purl where she chose this Malabrigo:

Malabrigo Sock in "Persia"-  She has good taste.

















I haven't gotten very far, but they will be a quick knit.

















I am ready for some selfish knitting.  I'm so excited to cast on a new project for myself that I don't even know what to knit.  When my husband was little, the first time he went to Baskin-Robbins he was so overwhelmed by having 31 flavors to choose from that he left without having any ice cream!  That is how I feel right now.  I must have spent a full hour looking over Juju's Loops and trying to match up one of the patterns with yarn from the stash, but nothing seemed perfect enough to satisfy that need to cast on.  I will probably have an easier time choosing when all the gifts really are done and delivered.

Meanwhile, knitting angst is probably a good problem to have, right?  Maybe a little Work-in-Progress Wednesday inspiration will be just the cure I need!

28 comments:

  1. Your yarn is knitting up beautiful. Sometimes it can be difficult matching yarn from the small stash, that I have, with patterns, at least for me. And I end up buying yet more yarn!

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  2. Your sister does have good taste, the yarn is gorgeous. I've been thinking of trying the Howl Cat, yours is good motivation. Good luck picking a project, that can be the hardest part!

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  3. Mmmm, that malabrigo looks gorgeous, lovely colour :)

    Hope you get some inspiration for your selfish knitting soon. After I'd finished Christmas knitting I cast on about 5 things for myself because I couldn't decide what to knit (and because I was relishing the not-having-to-knit-for-others feeling!)

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  4. Your bedsocks are knitting up very nicely! How are you doing them though? It looks like you've knit the heel before anything else! I would love to know more. :)

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  5. Lovely color on the Malabrigo! Tell me about crafty angst! I always feel that there are so many things I should be doing at any moment and so little time to do them in.

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  6. Everything looks great! I love Malabrigo sock. Your skein is beautiful.

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  7. Love that Malabrigo. It is a very pretty colorway.

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  8. All are lovely projects! I am considering making a howlcat in the future.

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  9. Ah haha, the island of unfinished Christmas presents! I just consider them head starts on next year's gifts :)

    Your friend does have beautiful taste in yarn. Isn't it a dream to knit lovely yarn like that?

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  10. Ooh, the Howlcat. I love that pattern, and the thought of yours as a chemo hat is both sad (I hope your friend is doing as well as possible, as soon as possible) and very thoughtful. <3

    And YAY for Persia! I have a skein of that yarn, and oh, it is a thing of beauty. I'm hoping to use it for some selfish crocheting soon, actually, I have a pattern picked out to buy on Ravelry and everything...

    Your bed socks with it are coming out beautifully.

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  11. I love all of your projects!

    The Howicat looks like it will be a really cozy hat. I'm sure your friend will appreciate it!

    There are way worse problems to have than knitting angst, hehe. Can't wait to see what you choose to knit for yourself!

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  12. Wow, your sister does have good taste -- that yarn is gorgeous! I'm also beyond impressed with your present-knitting resolve. I think I might have just pushed it off til next Fall if it were me. Lucky recipients you have!

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  13. Bring the hat to knitting tomorrow night and I will weave in the ends for you!!

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  14. That Persia is a lovely color. And I often have the same knitting fiend as you do! :)

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  15. The Howlcat pattern looks very interesting. Your sister picked a lovely yarn for her socks. I hope she gets to keep these. :-) Good luck finding your next project.

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  16. I love the colors you're using for the howlcat, perfection!

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  17. Wow! That Persia looks amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing what you choose to knit for yourself. What fun!

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  18. Your hats are looking awesome! hopefully you'll find the time to knit something for yourself soon.

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  19. A stolen present is one of the best compliments :)

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  20. I really like that sock pattern. I was so relieved to be done with Christmas knitting. I was glad to be knitting for myself again.

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  21. Both hats look great. Love the Howlcat pattern. That Malabrigo color is so beautiful. Have fun choosing a pattern for yourself. You deserve it after all of that gift knitting.

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  22. I need to bump up the Malabrigo Sock in my queue. I don't want to miss out on all the MS love! Lov ethe Howl Cat.

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  23. I love the color of the malabrigo. Those socks are going to be so awesome! Good luck finding a great pattern for your selfish knitting. :)

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  24. Choosing what to knit is always so hard, especially when you've been knitting things for other people for a while. Love the colour of those socks and the Howlcat :)

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  25. It is recognizable, there are so many wonderful things to make that it difficult to choose. You are very talented so it shall be something beautiful, definitely!

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  26. The malabrigo is knitting up beautifully! I'm so jealous. I haven't had a change to use malabrigo yet.

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  27. I vote Oak Knot - then you'll have a finished project for yourself quickly and can cast on for another one!

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