I am a serial caster on-er, regularly seduced by a lovely, shiny new pattern. But it seems to be getting worse since I have started my yarn diet, because I can see so much potential in my beloved stash.
I knew things were getting bad the other day when I couldn’t find any 4mm interchangeable tips. I hadn’t lost them, they were simply all being used. When I dragged all the bags and boxes of projects out I realised I have to focus on finishing some of them before I can allow myself to start anything new.
Here are a few of my favourites.
Kidalton is by Kate Davies from her Inspired by Islay collection which I am knitting in a Merino yarn by Lang Yarns. I have been cabling without a cable needle on this pattern which the wonderful Jen Arnall-Culliford taught me when she joined The Knitter.
Xanadu is a beautiful shawl by Kitman Figueroa. If you haven’t ever tried one of her designs, what are you waiting for? They are as elegantly written as the shawls themselves. This is a pre-blocking image so you can’t see how yummy it will look. The yarn is Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply.
Redshift is a Jared Flood design. I think he is one of the nicest people I have ever met in our wonderful world of knitting so I always have a soft spot for his designs. This is a steeked shawl and I am using Gomitolis Lambswool and Wool/Cashmere. As you can see mine is more of a yellowy-green shift.
Stephen West’s Marled Magic Mystery Knit Along was gifted to me by my dear friend Michelle. She is joining me on the yarn diet trail and though this would be a good pattern to eat up a few of the odd balls that we both have. I am trying not to be too regular in the colours I am putting together and I am really pleased with the result so far. Miracle of miracles, I am actually keeping up with the clues.
There are at least another 6 projects that I am willing to admit to on the needles but I am going to try to finish one off every week or so. Gulp!