New Projects!!

Just when my UFO count was seeming manageable I find myself casting on & ordering yarn for new projects.

I recently started Autumn Rose again after it had sat idle with just the ribbing done for about 6 months. I’m going to New Zealand at the end of September so I have some incentive to get it done now. And I love it! I’ve just completed one pattern & love the way the colours work so well together. I’ve gone with the recommended colourway…no way I was going to try choosing my own online.

Now, one of the reasons for casting on new projects when I wanted some monogamous time with Autumn Rose is that I find my hands getting sore. Autumn Rose is knit in 2ply. 2ply means small needles, so my hands cramp. I’m also spending more time knitting this because I just love watching the pattern develop, and it’s in the round so it doesn’t matter if I get called away part way through a row.

Besides needing a break from fine yarn & needles there are all these great patterns out there, arriving at once!

I’ve started the May shipment from The Seven Deadly S(p)ins club. This was a “spin” on the sin Wrath & the whole package was put together around the theme of Peace. This caused a bit of Wrath amongst some of the members but the package is lovely. The knit component is a soft Pima Cotton in a light blue colour & the pattern is for a washcloth & soap bag. I’ve made a start on the washcloth & think this will become a gift.

I’ve also dug out Tickled Pink (well purple in my case) & it’s nearly finished, so not a new project.

As a member of thicket (Aussie website selling Jo Sharp yarns) I receive free patterns. The latest pattern is for a wrap, Faolin. I ordered & just received the yarn for this. I’m using the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in Posie…what a gorgeous colour…I can see more of this in my wardrobe. Knit on 7mm needles in garter stitch, this will come together quickly and be a good break from the finery of Autumn Rose.

And if you’re on Ravelry you may have noticed the flurry surrounding the February Lady Sweater. A KAL was started on the Over The Fence group & then within hours, there is now a worldwide group set up for a KAL for this sweater (a “cardi” for us gals down under). Of course not wanting to miss out I’ve ordered some Cascade 220 & will be casting on as soon as it arrives.

So much for being monogamous to Autumn Rose but I can justify it. I figure if I don’t break up the knitting with some “bulkier” projects then I run the risk of permanent damage to my hands or at least some days/weeks to recover. Also I’ve got through one pattern repeat in a week so surely I can have the whole thing done by mid September….can’t I?