Winter is Coming, Knit Faster

I don’t know if any of you watch Game of Thrones. I do and I love me some Jon Snow! So of course when I saw this yarn bowl I fell in love. Fortunately for me I already have a gorgeous green ceramic yarn bowl but if I ever need a second this one is on my list.

Winter is Coming, Knit Faster
Image via Lennymud.com

Between studying for the GRE (I swear as my math gets better my verbal gets worse – say a prayer for me please), watching the Democratic National Convention speeches and mindless knitting of the body of my custom knit – nothing exciting is happening in my world. So here’s a picture of Cher.
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Most nights she’s perched underneath my chair while I study, staying as close to me as she possibly can. Last night she didn’t care to go up and down the stairs behind me and stood paused like this for a bit waiting to see if I was going to come back up or stay down. LOL I love that little dog. Hopefully more updates on knitting progress on Friday!

Patterns on My Radar

I have tons of yarn in my stash, I’m currently working on a sweater and a custom design tee in a cotton blend. I’ve got lots of ideas of what I want to make with my stash but I’m also falling in love with new patterns every day. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites right now.

Brooklin Vest
Brooklin Vests – image via Ravelry

I saw the Brooklin Vest on Berroco’s Instagram feed the other day and fell in love. It’s an open front vest with a basketweave back design. It’s also knit in one seamless piece – such a perfect fall layering piece. Added bonus – I have the Berroco Vintage Chunky in my stash the pattern was made with. YAY! Totally making this for myself in the future.
Ice ream Shawl via Ravelry
The Ice Cream shawl is another favorite I keep going back to because I keep seeing such awesome color combinations. After knitting the Rain Outside shawl I’m all about stash busting with shawls, so you may see more and more shawls on my needles in the next few months.

Interlude Shawl via Ravelry
Interlude Shawl via Ravelry

And speaking of shawls, Interlude Shawl is definitely also on my must list. Will I just look silly if I drape myself in shawls every day this fall when the temps drop? Perhaps. Will I care? Nope, not at all.

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Equation Cardigan via Ravelry

And because I’m cardigan/sweater obsessed you know I have a million cardigans on my must-make list. I’m a little obsessed with Equation and the chevron on the side and the pocket detail. Aarrgh! So many patterns and so little time to knit everything I want.

Share a pattern you’re obsessed with too! It will clearly make my list even longer.

Wishing & Hoping

I do this every year. I create spreadsheets and lists of what I want to knit between now and February. I’ve also been attempting to whittle down my stash and buy new yarn with my plan in mind. I try my best to stock up while things are on sale so that I get the most for my money. I would love it if every sweater in my closet was a hand knit, I want an awesome hand knit closet. Plus, I average about 2 1/2 weeks to complete a sweater, so I can feasibly make this wish list happen but I also know between work, teaching and making gifts for those close to me I might get through 3 or 4 of these sweaters this season. Now remember, this is just a list of what I want to knit for myself…this does not include what I want to make for others.
Katrine sweater for Safia
1. The Katrine Cardigan. Last year I knit this for my cousin and it was a quick and satisfying bulky knit. My office is always freezing, so I like a nice warm cardigan to layer with in the winter. I grabbed some Bernat Wool-Up Bulky yarn in Lemongrass when they had their friends and family sale and plan to use it for this project.
Lila Winter
2. Lila Winter. This is another sweater from the Madder Anthology 2 and I have some deep teal Berroco Vintage Chunky that I think would be lovely with this pattern. It also has short row shaping at the hips and I love me some short row shaping!
Yellow Brick Road
3. Yellow Brick Road Cardigan. At the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival I picked up 2 huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in the Celebration colorway and I think this cardigan would be perfect with it. I have a skein of gorgeous cobalt blue Neighborhood Fiber Company that I intend to use for the button band, collar and ribbing around the cuffs. I also love that it has a pleated sleeve, a technique I got to use on the Tutu top a few months ago.
Toulouse Pullover
4. Toulouse Pullover. Maybe it’s because I love Toulouse Street in New Orleans or maybe it’s because I love a good tie around the neck but I’ve wanted to make this sweater since I saw it the 2012 Knitscene. I have some very yummy Madelinetosh Vintage that I plan to make this with in a gorgeous pink colorway. This might be one of the first things I make for fall.
Trail Jacket
5. Trail Jacket. I get slightly overheated with knit sweaters so I like anything with an elbow length sleeve and this jacket would be perfect for my work wardrobe. I want to knit it with a Kelly Green Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky I’ve had in my stash for a bit. Green is my favorite color so I need a pretty green cardigan in my wardrobe.

And for my final choice, I’m a bit torn. I have enough Cascade 220 Superwash to complete one of these two sweaters. I purposefully bought it in a camel color so it could be a neutral I could wear all the time (because I’m notorious for making something in a neon bright and can’t wear it all the time). So which one of these should I make with it?
Beacon Hill
Option one is Beacon Hill by Jane Richmond. I love her patterns and this would be a visually interesting shawl collared cardigan with texture.
Barn Sweater
Option two is the Barn Sweater, another from the Madder Anthology 2. I can do three quarter or full length sleeves and it has pockets on the front as well. I keep going back and forth between the two and I just don’t know what I really want to make!

So what would you choose? Please help me decide or suggest another pattern to make me even more confused! Poll below.