Five for Friday: things I want to knit right now

Hi friends,

It seems that every time I finish a big knitting project, I spend a few weeks ready to start every sweater, shawl and sock pattern I see. I’m feeling it especially right now, having finished the Gwendolyn pullover just before camp. Gwendolyn took up so much space in my life that now I’m desperate to fill the void that finishing it has left in my life (and on my lap!).


A little bit of knitting on the dock at Squam Lake.

Of course, in a week or so, the feeling will abate, and one project will take centre stage. Rather than half-start three or four projects, these days I try to wait a while before I start another ambitious endeavour. During that time, it’s all about the easy, brainless knitting. I made a hat-cowl-mittens set last week, and I’m currently riding the wave with a pair of simple socks. Three-by-one rib doesn’t take much brain power, so while I knit I’ve been debating the merits of the following projects.

My top 5 for fall:

  • The Dahlia Cardigan from Interweave Knits. This looks like the perfect combination of challenging and soothing knitting, and seeing Tanis’s version made me want to make it even more.
  • The Thao Shawl from Happy Knits. It might be just the project for the skeins of Rocky Mountain Dyeworks fingering weight (in Mallard Blue) that I have at home.
  • The Takoma Cardigan from the Deep Fall issue of Knitty. I just love this Cowichan-inspired sweater – maybe for Squam 2012?
  • The I Heart Aran sweater from (again) Tanis Fiber Arts. This has been on my list since the spring, and the aran-weight yarn and relatively simple construction mean it might be a bit quick to knit. And that shawl collar? Love.
  • The Big Snowy Owl from Purl Bee. OK, so I’m a grown-up with no kids and having this in my apartment might seem a bit strange, but holy smokes, I love this big guy! Don’t you just want to wrap your arms around him and give him a big squeeze?

What’s on your fall-knitting list this year? I’m always up for suggestions!