Sunday, July 15, 2007

Adding to my Queue

One of the things that I like about Ravelry is the fact it helps me to organize my stash and projects. Sure, I could have probably done something similar if I had sat down with Excel or a notebook, but with school and work, I haven't had the time or energy and Ravelry's interface makes it much more fun.

It reminded me of the fact that I have no idea what I want to do with a lot of items in my stash... actually it made me realize there was yarn in my stash that I had no idea what kind of project I was thinking of when I first purchased it.

So I've started to look at patterns and make some plans on what sort of things I'd like to knit. I'm 4-5 sizes smaller than I was in March and should reach my fitness goal at the end of the year. So I've avoided knitting items that would be affected by any change in body size and shape. Socks are wonderful because they don't care if you are changing dress sizes. So are wrist warmers, hats and scarves.

But there is a part of me that wants to celebrate once I'm near my goal, and I'm anxious to try my first sweater. (besides, waiting until I'm at my goal size means I end up buying less yarn for each item!) I think I might go on a pattern buying binge. I'm looking some cute fitted sweaters since I have a tendency to get lost in bulky or oversized sweaters.

So this is my list (so far) that I plan on pruning down since I will need time to sleep, eat, workout, clean, etc...
  • Goddess- (pattern for purchase) I absolutely must have this. This design is so very... 'me'. I'm thinking a silk blend or bamboo to make it drapey and give it a little sheen. (and it shows off my arms, which look very toned without being too over-muscle-y. If only they weren't so glow-in-the-dark pale, but that's what comes with being a redhead).
  • Sundara's Tatami Kimono pattern: (pattern for purchase) I love the color of this, as well as the style. I've coveted this since the first time I saw it. Lucky me, it's considered beginner to advanced beginner!
  • Tempting II: (free pattern) I've liked this since I first discovered knitty. The neckline is my favorite part of this sweater. Very flirty and girly.
  • Green Gable (pattern for purchase) One of those patterns I like more and more. Especially the "little to no seaming" and "simple lace" part!
  • Knitpicks' Kimono Styled Sweater: (pattern already purchased) I actually purchased this pattern when I had been knitting less than a month. It's been sitting in my pattern notebook, waiting patiently for my skills to catch up.
  • Sahara: (pattern for purchase) I've mentioned this one before but I'm liking it more and more. Especially the sparkly beads. This will probably be one of my later sweaters due to the expense of the yarn involved.
  • Milinda Pullover and Krista Tee from White Lies Design. Both are so beautiful and feminine, although the lacework means these will be a little farther down the line. (patterns for purchase)
It's a bigger list than I thought. I better get to the gym!


Lizz said...

Those are some great patterns. I especially like the one from Zephyr.


k said...

Isn't it cute? There's a KAL that has some good info in terms of how the pattern works and what types of yarn worked out best. Peace Fleece is not that expensive, so it should be a pretty reasonably priced sweater that's fun to knit.