Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Collision of Hat Addiction and Sweater Anxiety

For some reason, the finishing of the Crooked Paths hat brought on some project anxiety.  Do you know that anxiety you get when you don’t know what to make next?  If you are a member of, like I am, you’ll understand that it wasn’t from a lack of ideas.  Rather, I have so many things I want to make that I’m overwhelmed with choices.  Do I make the quick little hat that’ll be done in a few days, or the big sweater that I’ve been dying to make forever?  To complicate this, the sweater is mostly simple stockinette, while the hat involves a cable chart that takes all my mental energy to follow.  (And after a day of homeschooling and caring for my three kids, there’s not much of that left.)

Before I go on, I’ll share my pictures of the hat I just finished out of some of the yummiest yarn I have come across.  This hat is for me, so it’s a little big on my daughter, but she just looks so darn cute in it.

There was some unexpected striping that occurred.  I’m not sure what to say about that...  What do you think?

As you may know if you read my previous posts, the only adult sized sweater I’ve made is the Top Down Shoulder Warmer, which was pretty simple.   I have been planning to make the Antler Cardigan ever since I saw this awesome pattern on ravelry.  Not only does this pattern come in every size from newborn to adult XXXXL, but it’s super cute on both the little boy wearing it in the picture and his mother.  I like the neckline that’s a little tighter than, say, the Tea Leaves cardigan, which was in the running for my first grown-up sweater.  And finally, I like that it has buttons all the way down the button band rather than just at the top.  (I know...  I could probably add buttons to any pattern I want, but I wanted to be sure they wouldn’t look awkward or something. Can you imagine knitting a whole huge sweater and finding out that your extra added buttons make it look terrible?)

So, here’s the train of events that led to my starting the Antler Cardigan and also casting on for a hat I never even planned to make.  (The one with the complicated cable chart I mentioned above.) I was a little daunted to start a sweater, and I found as I got started that I didn’t have the right size DPNs.  I thought, “No problem!  I know the Magic Loop technique, because that’s just how awesome I am.”  Then, as I got started, I remembered that I hate the Magic Loop technique.  Just too much sliding for me.  So, I set that down and proceeded to dive into my stash and come up with one skein of Quince and Co.’s Osprey in the split pea colorway.  (Is “colorway” just interchangeable with “color”?  I dunno... but it makes me feel fabulous, so I’ll just say “colorway.”) After an hour or so of clicking through ravelry, I had Brooklyn Tweed’s Rosebud hat pattern in my hand and off I went.

Here's the beginning of the sweater...

Madelinetosh Vintage in Baltic, and the beginning of a sleeve.  How many times do you think I've tried on this three inch sleeve?  About a hundred...

And here's the start of the hat...
This pic is a little awkward, but you can see the cable beginning to form in the Rosebud hat.  I sure hope this hat takes only one skein of Osprey, because I only have one skein!

Osprey Split Pea
So, I proceed two fisted in my knitting.  Which will pull ahead?  Which will be “cast” aside?  Only time will tell...

1 comment :

  1. I remember those days of 2 projects to choose from. 45+ later I'm still working through my project basket. ::sigh:: I think you'll find that enjoying the project may depend on mood and mental ability. Some days you need something simple and mindless.

    Great colors for them both and that hat will be lovely. I can't wait to see these finished!