Thursday, September 11, 2008

Potential Fall knitting

I have been thinking lately of some upcoming projects to work on this fall. As Jenni mentioned the fall is going to be hectic (and that I should get buttons).
Before I get into what I want to knit and possible patterns, I should come clean on what is on my needles that needs to be finished.
  1. Hedera socks - these are about 75% done
  2. Koigu socks - I have one done, easy knitting once I cast on and get to it - what were those magic numbers again
  3. Sideways cardigan - I need to knit the sleeves for this. I should/need to get this done before the baby comes so I can think on how to do the sleeves
  4. Baby blanket - Easy squares that are almost done and which needs to be seamed and a border attached.
The plan is to have yellow triangles (1 left) all around the outside so it ends up being an octagon. Then I will pick up stitches in the turquoise for a border around the outside once it is seamed together. I just now need to sit down and figure out the crochet seam since I think that will be the best one for this blanket.

Now on to my want to cast on this fall list.
Hat - I love my hat, it is warm and soft and comfortable and warm. It is just to warm for those fall/spring days that are just above freezing and you want something on your ears but 4 layers of stranded alpaca knitting just is a little too much. So possible contenders
  1. Short Row Hat by Veronica Avery (I could use the left over silk garden from my cardigan)
  2. Shining Star hat by Kate Gilbert
  3. Foilage by Emilee Mooney
I think all three hats would be simple enough not to require too much thinking, not overly warm but still enough to block out some of that wind.

Christmas Stockings - Ali and I have some great stockings that my step mom made that reside on their house. I realized last year that we should get our own stockings for our house, and will also need to make the little one their own stocking for this year. I bought some Cascade 220 in heathered green and red to make the stockings and just need to figure out what designs. I will put a white/cream top on stockings for the names. Things I am toying with:
  1. Stranded patterns, a large snowflake perhaps with some smaller designs
  2. Knitting the stocking to be felted then needle felting designs on it
I haven't found any patterns yet (not that I have looked hard) that jump out at me, I did love the yarn and it did say Christmas stockings for me. I need to take out Christmas Stockings: 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit from the local library.

After writing on how I need to knit myself a new hat, I should also point out that the I have not knit the baby a hat- there have been a couple given as gifts that are different sizes. I think the baby will need a greater selection of hats. I do have the Itty Bitty hats book out of the library.

On Friday night knit and chat I got this new pamphlet from Skacel - Sock Puppets they are not puppets made from socks but socks for your baby that are puppets. How can you look at those photos and not say "Ahhhhh"

Why have I been thinking of fall projects - why the KW Knitters Fair is coming up fast - Saturday to be exact. A shopping list needs to be determined. Last year I had some specific things I wanted this year it is much more fluid (which can be dangerous) but I also feel that I have a much larger stash this year that needs to be worked up.


Jenni said...

I totally vote for the Foliage hat.

I've no input on the stocking issue since I think that is very family dependent. Stripes are good, but so is a nice color work pattern.

Baby hat: if you are a lucky human (like we were) your baby will leave hats on. For where you live, think about earflaps (if I had had time, I was totally going to make a tiny Jayne hat, complete with earflaps, pompom, stripes and tie). Miss Dashwood (Knitty) does have earflaps (optional, though).

Teresa said...

A Jayne hat - what a good idea...

Priscilla said...

Earflaps? Grampa-to-be is now a chicken know it is coming....


Jenni said...

Hey - enjoy the Knitter's Fair. If I'm still in MI next year, I'll have to come, since there are few local fiber festivals (and none that are good). Stay dry, too - oh, wait, that might just be those of us foolish enough to venture out to a football game in MI when the radar clearly shows rain until the ark comes!

Jenni said...

Happy birthday - only two days late. Mea culpa! Hope you had a great day and got to spend lots of birthday money at the Knitter's Fair!