Sunday, July 3, 2011
A Year of Projects: My list
Warning, this post is very long and yes, I'm nuts!
As I mentioned in my FO Friday post, I will be participating in A Year of Projects on Ravelry. Basically, you make a list starting July 1st (or around that time) that compile the projects (from a book, or your queue) you will be working on in the next year. That's right....a year. Let me just say, this was fun to compile, but very very hard. Luckily, the rules are pretty loose and if need be, I can always add/change patterns or yarn to the list. What I found the hardest part was trying to add projects that I can't make now, due to them being too difficult for me, but hope to be able to make in the next 12 months. Then, each week (usually Sundays) one posts on their blog about what they're making and things that have to do with their projects, etc. Instead of using a book, I decided to pick items out of my queue, which was exciting, because obviously, I've loved these patterns enough to queue. I'm sure I'll be adding to the list (and subtracting) as I mentioned, due to having to knit samples, etc out of Candy Skein yarn. :) Not that I'm complaining or anything!
Since a lot of you who read this blog participate in WIPW and FO Friday each week, I will try and keep my posts about A Year of Projects fresh. Of course, I will be blogging about the same projects I show in WIPW and FO Friday, but I'll figure something out! I'm hoping to also add in reviews of the yarn/pattern/needles I'm using during the process. There is quite a few brands of yarn I have yet to use, that I plan to during this time. We'll see how it goes, but I hope you come back to visit each Sunday (or whenever you can) to see my progress.
Now onto my list of projects for the next 12 months (in no particular order):
I know they should all be new projects, but there are quite a few WIPs I have to still finish, so I will list them here as well.
WIPs already started (since you've already seen these, I'm just linking to my project pages on Rav):
Pucks and Canucks (Circle Socks)
Caution Socks (test pattern)
Harold the Monster (for a swap)
Ice Cream Blanket (Granny Stripes)
New projects to start in the next year and the yarn I plan to use (for some)- Sorry for some of the not great pics of the yarn. I'm using some old pics I took before my light box that I took for the yarn diet:
Fabel Knitted Skirt- I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it and ordered the yarn. I'll be using Knit Picks Stroll yarn (see pic above) in Thunderhead. I've already swatched for this project, so I'm hoping to start it soon. Cross your fingers I ordered enough yarn (4 skeins). I think this project will take awhile, and we'll see how I do since it's a lot of short rows to make the waves/ripples/pleats.
Eye of Partridge Shawl- I was looking for a fun, easy full shawl that I can knit and not have to pay too much attention, but will show off hand painted yarn well. When I bought the above skein of yarn this past weekend in a LYS in Ventura, CA (at Anapaca Fine Yarns, a FABULOUS LYS by the way), I knew I would probably use it for this pattern. I think it will look great!! Can't wait to jump into this one, but not sure when I will.
Milk Run Shawl- I'm not a big fan of Kate Middleton, but I really like the look of this very basic shawl pattern that matches the one she was seen wearing at the grocery store. I have no clue what yarn I will be using for it, since I don't have that much worsted in one kind of yarn sitting in my stash. This project might have to sit a bit, until I can get the money to make it. I think it would look great in dark jeans and a black or white plain long sleeved Tshirt.
Crochet Hobo Bag- I've already made three of these, but I have a plan to make one that is a tiki version of it. I have everything I need to make it, I just need to get to it. I'll be using black yarn (probably just Red Heart or something just as cheap), and the above fabric, handles and patch. This will probably be made in the next couple of months, as I hope to have it for Tiki Oasis.
Skew- I LOVE these socks, though they seem pretty hard for me right now. These will be knitted at some point this winter I'm sure. I plan to use some of my Knit Picks Felici yarn, but not sure which yet.
Salina- LOVE LOVE LOVE this sweater and recently got the book it's in when Borders was closing. I had it in my queue even before I owned the book. It's so simple and so cute. I could see it being a great sweater that I wear everywhere. Since I have yet to make a sweater, and don't have any yarn to make it with, this will probably be way far into the Year of Projects.
Abalone- Again, love this, but don't have the skills yet probably, though it doesn't look too hard. This may be my first sweater attempt, but not for a few months when it starts to get chilly and I have the money for all that yarn.
From Norway with Love- I've had this in my queue since before I knew how to knit. I have yet to do any colorwork, but I think I may start this one sooner rather than later. I'm thinking of using the above color for the main part of the hat, but not sure what to use for the rest. Though, I think this is worsted and the pattern calls for DK.
Foliage- I really like this hat, and think I'll use my sacred skein of Madelinetosh Vintage. What do you think? Yay or nay?
Market Bag- I made this bag for my mom for last Christmas and have always wanted to make one for myself for the farmer's market we go to each Saturday. I have this HUGE ball of cotton I bought on clearance that I didn't want to dig out of the stash at the moment. It's like a creamy orange color.
Tiki Terror- if you've followed this blog, you know that my husband and I are into all things tiki and I've been dying to make this for him. I'll have to learn how to cable before I dive in, but I think it would be fun to use Candy Skein Yummy Worsted Chocolate Bar yarn for it. So, as soon as I learn cabling, I'll be making this. Isn't it great!?
Herbivore- Love love love this. Now to decide which Candy Skein Delicious Fingering (coming soon to Candy Skein) color to use! As I won't be getting the un-dyed yarn until Tuesday in stock, I'll have to decide soon. Any thoughts on color?
Noro spirl one skein hat- Just a fun and bright hat for the winter. I was thinking of using the above ball of Mochi Plus, but do you think I'd have enough? I only have one skein that's 95 yards. Hmmm. OR I could use the above skein for the heart on the From Norway with Love hat. It might look nice with the blue. Hmm.
Maia Shoulderette- Such a beautiful pattern and I have this beautiful yarn (above) that I got on SALE. I might use for it. My only issues are A) I have two skeins of it, so should probably find something I can use both with and B) will the lace pattern get lost in the color changes? Thoughts?
Rockin' Strat Socks for Men- I've been looking for a good men's sock pattern for awhile and this morning got lucky, as one of my sock groups had a thread going about sock patterns that are great for me. BAM! Kurt (my husband) picked out this yarn awhile ago.
Hermione's Everyday Socks- I really like the look of these socks, and the Harry Potter aspect of it is awesome. They're simple, but not boring. I'm going to use one of my Stroll yarns I got in a kit last winter, probably the one I have pictured above.
Springtime Bandit- I thought this was pretty and would look great in my two skeins of Cascade Eco Duo (the softest/squishiest yarn ever). What do you think? Will it look good?
Shawl Collar Cowl- I think I'll be using my Malabrigo Chunky for this project and some wood buttons, but we'll see how it goes. Don't you think it would look lovely in the above pictured yarn? It should be a pretty quick knit as well, considering it's chunky yarn.
Tie Neck Top- for some reason, this pattern isn't in Ravelry, so I've linked to the magazine on Rav so you can see it on the cover. It's from the August 2011 edition of Knit 'N Style (on the front cover). I ordered the yarn (not in the multi color it's shown pictured in the mag, but in the yarn above) recently and got it through the mail, as I couldn't find all the same dye lot in stores. I still have to swatch for this project, but will probably try to start it soon. I think I'm going to leave the weird tie off of it, but as this will be my first shirt/clothing, I might just follow the pattern as is and see how it goes.
Monster knitting- I know I already listed a monster from Rebecca Danger's The Big Book of Knitted Monsters, but I owe both my nieces one, so that will be Christmas knitting I'm sure. We'll see how that goes. They've both requested many (seriously, I have a typed list on my phone), so I'll have to pick one for each to start, as I am a slow knitter.
Secret Christmas knitting- there are a few project I don't have listed here for my family that may (or does) read this blog, so I'm not going into too much detail. Let's just saw add a few projects, one being a VERY long project that will go well beyond Christmas I'm sure.
WOW, I think I did it. That is a LONG list. 21+ projects, not counting WIPs, 26+ if you do. Now, I probably won't make half of them, but it's good to shoot big, right? I figure, we're half way done with 2011, and I've knit 13 projects. I should get faster, right?
So, what do you think of my list!? Have you knitted/crocheted any of these items before?