In My Queue: Summer Staples

Winter barely came and now it’s gone. So that means I’m on to thinking about my spring/summer knits! I’ve been excited thinking about what I want but also trying to strategically think about what I NEED in my wardrobe that I can make for myself. I’ve even been tempted to pull out my sewing machine because all I ever wear is the same a line dress all summer long with a sweater. We shall see. So I thought I’d share what patterns have caught my eye as I plan out my knit series of knitted items for myself.

Rainbow sweater
Rainbow sweater via Free People

I saw this Rainbow Sweater on Free People’s website. It’s happy and cheery but it’s also $200. Nope.
Instead I popped on over to Fibre Space and picked up several colors of Berroco’s Pima 100 worsted weight yarn and I intend to make an inspired by version of this sweater in short sleeves for summer. I think it’s a saddle shoulder style and I’m been itching to make another one of those so I just might start with an orange saddle on the shoulders and go from there.

Cosette via Ravelry

Second on my list is Cosette. This is actually a pattern from the Berroco Pima 100 collection so I could buy more of that yarn but I’m also tempted to buy some of the modal/pima mix yarn on Knit Picks while it’s on sale this month. I love that it’s a simple tee but with a rounded hem. It has a classic look so I could make it in a lovely white or go with a super bright pink or a great yellow. I haven’t made up my mind yet on what color.

Radian Yolk Tee
Radian Yolk Tee via Ravelry

For a little bit of interest, I was thinking about making the Radian Yoke Tee. I think it would be a great basic but with a cool open design at the yoke. Again, also not sure about what color to make this one.

Myrna cardigan via Ravelry

I always need a cardigan for my sleeveless dresses and I was considering making the Myrna cardigan in white. I need an updated white cardigan for summer and this might be the perfect little option. I was also thinking about making my Sea Grass cardigan again but in all white this time.
Togue Pond #3
And last but not least, what about another Togue Pond tank? You know I love this pattern and it’s a perfect summer top made with Berroco Modern Cotton. So that’s what I’m thinking about for my spring/summer wardrobe. Is anyone else planning too?

Knitting by the Numbers & Planning

First, thanks everybody for the well wishes with our newest family member. Jellybean, or Jelly is settling in and slowly we’re figuring it all out. In just a few short days we’ve already done a lot AND added bonus I discovered she knows how to do her business on an indoor potty patch! YAY! Now I don’t have to worry about her needing a midday potty break. I’ve never been so happy to see a yellow pee stain (of course in the correct place) in my life. LOL And she has decided that next to Cher is where she has to be during the day. I check on them on the security camera and when she isn’t walking around and exploring she’s right underneath Cher. Check out the view from the security camera, that’s Jelly on the left and Cher on the right.
Okay, back to the knitting talk…

As you all know, I love knitting. I really do. It’s the thing that helps all the other stuff buzzing in my brain quiet down. I am aware that I’m a fast knitter and I think I’m a good knitter and pick good patterns and even better yarn to compliment the projects. I was browsing through my Ravelry project page the other day and started looking at my numbers. In 2015 I had 45 finished objects. 45! That’s a lot of knitting to accomplish in a year.
Ravelry page of DWJ1978
So far this year? 35 finished objects!
Ravelry Projects for DWJ1978
I was a little shocked because I have a long list of what I want to finish between now and the end of the year and it includes a couple of adult sized sweaters (about 6) and lots of kids stuff for godchildren and new babies on the way. I thought I was definitely lagging behind in terms of what I could produce, clearly I’m not paying enough attention and yes, I am apparently a knitting machine. And yet I still feel like I won’t get everything finished that I want to, especially this month since I’ve got two dogs I’m attempting to bond with and that’s clearly a bigger priority. And let’s not forget all my GRE studying either, no matter how much I’d like to forget about having to study. I bring all this up because I don’t want to be overwhelmed by knitting, it’s supposed to be the thing that calms me when I’m stressed. Or perhaps I’m always stressed and that’s why I knit so much? I’m not really sure. So I’m curious, what do you do to manage your projects? 

My Ravelry queue changes every day. I’ve had a sweater in my queue for a good year that is probably a quick knit and just hasn’t made it onto my needles yet. I keep pushing it aside for other projects and then I keep finding great patterns I want to make next! It’s like I have knitting ADD. So how do you determine what will or won’t get knit? I’m curious and looking for a way to keep what I love in order.

What to Knit Next?

I love to organize and clean – it’s calming. So last weekend when I was stepping away from the TV and social media I bought new storage drawers from my happy place, the  Container Store and reorganized my yarn. I needed sturdy bins that wouldn’t break or a wheel pop off whenever I was pulling a drawer out to find my yarn. Plus, I needed to actually look at what I have and start my planning. I don’t have any need to buy more yarn (although Fibre Space is having an anniversary sale this weekend and Neighborhood Fiber Co. next weekend…I’m constantly being tempted) so as I was going through my stash I started to really think about what I want to knit and wear for the fall and what I want to make for close family/friends. I know I talked about a complex cable sweater made with my favorite shade of green but I think I’m going to take that gorgeous green yarn and make the Fable cardigan with it.

Fable Cardigan image via Ravelry
Fable Cardigan image via Ravelry

What I really want is a shawl collared cardigan in a color I love that I can wear all the time. And I mean wear it all the time. I fear I might get sick of cables and other patterns so I’m thinking of keeping it simple to make it more of a timeless piece. Plus I’ve got these amazing green buttons that look like gems that will be an awesome highlight to add.

Libellula cardigan image via Ravelry
Libellula cardigan image via Ravelry

I also have a lot of yarn where I have one or two skeins in a contrasting color. I think the Libellula would be perfect for it. It’s from the same designer who made the Cala Luna sweater I love and I have some great Miss Babs (the suggested yarn) in a bright green and then fun variegated skein that would be great for the contrasting panel. I have the Deep Water cardigan pattern in my library too, which is a similar shape so you may see another cardigan done with this same shape but in worsted weight.
Sheep and Wool haul
I honestly have so much yarn that I don’t need anything else but I’m always so tempted when I see something beautiful to add it to my stash. It’s just too fun exploring the possibilities of what I can make.

What’s in your queue to make for yourself for fall?