knitnana: Backlog? Who ME?

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Backlog? Who ME?

Birdsong in her most recent post, asked us what our knitting backlog looks like, so I thought, "Well, why not...?"

I do try hard not to get overwhelmed by the grandiose plans I usually make. But I always think I'm capable of more than I am, always overstretch. Or as I said in my New Year's Post, I make lots of PLANS! As a fiber addict, my eyes are perpetually bigger than my knitting abilities and my time constraints...Does yarn qualify as stash if I know what I'm going to do with it? I think so. My stash is protection against being unable to buy yarn but still being able to knit when I'm living in retirement on a fixed income!

So in that spirit, here's what's either on the needles or planned in this lifetime - and no, Birdsong, I cannot begin to estimate when I'll get these done!
1. Sivia Harding's Diamond Fantasy Shawl (on the needles). I love this lace shawl pattern, it flows so nicely.
2. My 3rd Aibhlinn, pattern by Mary Burr (on the needles). I love making and wearing these! The MFMPPF is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I've been assured that I must attend games even in frigid temperatures and must wear the requisite Black and Gold! This Aibhlinn is being knitted in Knitpicks Merino Style in Coal and edged with Elann's Cleckheaton Country 8 Ply in Aztec Gold - I'm using the cast on, first knitted row and the bobble row (then the reverse at the end) as the "trim" in gold. Not very far along on this, but will probably get to work on it while visiting with himself this weekend (during a movie or some such!).
3. Clapotis (on the needles - STILL). I hate using this yarn (Caron's Rainbow Dreams) but love the pattern, and have promised this one to DD. I have no idea when I'll force myself to finish it.
4. Knitters Sunset Wrap (on the needles). Above mentioned Birdsong, my West Coast pal who "should have been my sister" helped me snag enough of this yarn to make this wrap and now I hate it (the pattern, not the yarn). Seriously thinking of frogging what's been done and knitting Clapotis from it - which would be neat.
5. Blue Ridge Homespun Prayer Shawl (on the needles). Am making progress finally on this. One of my first knitting projects after fun fur scarves, I was using straights to knit it and my arms were a mess from the weight of this yarn. With the Christmas present from my (real, birth) Big Sis - Denise needles!! - I'm finally making some progress and might get this finished and gifted soon.
6. Sivia Harding's Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl. Patiently waiting...Elann's Peruvian Collection Baby Cashmere in Cedar already purchased.
7. Alpaca Yarn Co Misty Morning Shawl. Pattern patiently waiting, yarn on order from Knitpicks. (I'm using their Alpaca Cloud in Iris)
8. Cheryl Oberle's Highland Triangle Shawl from Folk Shawls. Patiently waiting...Jo Sharp's SilkRoad Tweed yarn in Boheme colorway, purchased for the Vogue Knitting rectangular shawl has been reassigned to this one. I've just convinced Jane to join the Yahoo Group Folkshawls and am hoping that HTS will be chosen soon as a KAL and that Jane will join me in knitting this one. I think the yarn is happier being made as HTS, and I will be happier with the triangular shawl instead of the rectangular one.
9. From The Best of Knitters Book of Shawls & Scarves, the Faroese Style Shawl (see my October 9, 2005 post). This one won the poll of which I should make, is planned in ivory.
10. Then below here you can see a post about that wondrous Koigu I was gifted with last week by Wendy. It will definitely become the Traveling Vines Scarf. Soon.
11. Flower Basket Shawl. Pattern and yarn purchased and sitting...and sitting...and sitting. This one intimidates me. The Misti Alpaca laceweight in Antique Rose was bought for Heartstrings Cascading Hearts shawl, which is a Faroese style shawl as well...Maybe that's what this yarn really wants to be?
12. In addition to all these, I'm still making fun fur scarves, and the lovely little roses from Sarah's Yarn Box to go with my Mrs. Dalloway commitment this month!
13. Oops. Almost forgot and had already hit "publish post" before I remembered this...I'm knitting the Toe-Up Socks from the Needlecraft U class I'm taking with Ruinwen and will be knitting the Knit Lace Socks class with Ronnie towards the end of the month! could I have forgotten those? Freudian slip maybe? Oh, and lucky 13 here!! (Thirteen is NEVER unlucky!)

For Christmas, my dear Big Sis also gifted me with some cash especially for my knitting addiction, part of which I spent purchasing the book Stahman's Shawls & Scarves. This book is amazing, and there are so many of these stunning Faroese shawls I want to make. Fortunately the Seaman's Scarves are the same patterns, so I can make them in miniature rather than trying to do a shawl from each one that I love! But none of those have made the list yet...I'm still deciding.

I won't say I'm ADD, Birdsong. I am, however, an optimist. I will indeed live to finish all these. Just wait and see!


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