I've been reading quite a few knitting blogs recently, and have been inspired by the Fringe Association's series called "Someday vs. Right Away." Actually pretty much everything about Karen Templer's blog makes me want to be knitting constantly, so if you don't have enough knitting porn in your queue already I highly recommend her. Sidenote: is there ever enough? I don't even consider myself a "real knitter" and I still think Ravelry could qualify as an addiction in my life...
Consider this post a binge then, I suppose. Now that Kai's sweater is done, I've found myself without a project on the needles. It's a good thing - I have other tasks to focus on for awhile - but I am daydreaming about what to knit next. I know Carrie Bostick's Uniform cardigan is first on the list, as I've probably mentioned around these parts before. It's as if this pattern were made for me - I have an all-time favorite store bought cardigan in this shape and style, I wear it most days of the week and I have often lamented that I don't have it in ten colors.* So when the pattern posted, I instantly purchased and printed it. But now I'm paralyzed with indecision. I want to make so many versions of this sweater, I don't even know where to start.
all images copyright of Madder
So the question is not only which yarn and which colorway, but which version of the pattern? I absolutely love the above samples, done in Quince & Co's Owl - "Elf" on the left and "Tawny" on the right. I've now fondled enough skeins at my LYS to know that Abyssinian is my favorite colorway... though that Elf one is totally gorgeous. The darker short sample in Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, Cast Iron, is also droolworthy, but I am imagining substituting the new Owl Tweet in Sooty. Then there's Elizabeth Dalhousie's version in Rowan Felted Tweed, Clay, which I absolutely covet (in fact I don't think I've seen a Clay sweater I don't like). So if I stop there - believe me, I could go on - that's already three (four, five,... who's counting) versions that I'm sure I could wear happily for many years.
A strong contender for slot #2 in the queue would have to be Ririko's Relax, because there are just so many beautiful versions everywhere. And apparently Kai's sweater just wasn't enough fingering stockinette for me? It may make for dull knitting, but I am intent on only making myself clothing in a style and shape that are already tried and true for me - and a drapey, boxy silhouette definitely fits that bill. And just feast your eyes on that marled version! I've been wanting a marled sweater since I saw Adele of The Returned / Les Revenants rocking one. In fact, Adele rocks a lot of awesome knits in that series, if you're looking for a reason to watch eerie French tv this weekend.
photo credit clockwise from left: radiolazy, radiolazy again, and grimfrosties (also blogged on quixotic thread)
*Edit: Ten neutrals. As you may have picked up from this post, I don't wear colors that aren't black, beige, cream, white, grey or the palest pink. As we are looking to move to an even less sunny place, Kai has begged me to consider knitting colorful sweaters. We'll see how that goes.