A crocheter friend whom I have just introduced to knitting commented recently that knitting is so much slower than crochet. Yes, that it is. And ideas about what to knit flow even faster! It can be very frustrating!
There are so many exciting patterns I come across, and pretty New Zealand yarns that I know will match beautifully, but I just don’t have the time to actually knit the project. Yet.
I started knitting Eala Bhan this week. And almost immediately fell in love with yet another project that I want to knit at the same time.
Catkin was recently gifted to me by a very sweet knitter friend in return for finishing a project for her. Catkin is a beautiful two-colour shawl which is amazingly not fair isle, but rather slip-stitched to achieve the two-colour effect. The reason I suddenly decided that I had to knit it right now was because I became aware that I had some beautiful yarns sitting in my collection that were perfect colour combinations for Catkin:
These hanks of beauty are Knitsch‘s 100% merino wool in Forest Floor and Joy of Yarn‘s Fibre Alive Sock yarn in Spring Meadow. If you have been reading my blog recently, you will see that Spring Meadow closely resembles the pretty Petals colourway of the same yarn brand. Spring Meadow has a lot more green in it though, and there’s a subtlety to the yarn that matches the dark green/rich browns of Forest Floor very nicely. It’s horribly difficult to photograph accurately!
Here we have Knitsch’s Genevieve and Malabrigo’s Solis. (Although Malabrigo is not a New Zealand yarn, I think this colourway will go very well together with Knitsch for Catkin). This is my very first hank of Mal ever, and was an extremely generous Christmas present from my friend Kb. I’ve been saving it for the right project. Which could just be this one…
But then yesterday, I decided to pop into the Holland Road Yarn Company, and what should I find but this:
Which one should I knit!???
Now, this is where reality starts to bite. I’m currently knitting two scarves (almost-complete state), two socks (various stages of completion, awaiting the recovery of the Sore finger), Eala Bhan, the V-Yoke Cardigan, and a sweater for a friend (90% complete). I am also attempting to finish a design for a hat that’s taking a while to develop.
Catkin’s pattern is an astounding 12.pages.long. You do not read wrong. I need to knit this one when my head isn’t in a million other places at the same time or disaster will strike my knitting mojo in a very big way. It will have to wait. Despite the mouth-watering combinations of yarns I have lined up, ready to swatch for this pattern. Dammit!
Many of you have commented that you enjoy reading about patterns and yarns I’ve found and am inspired to knit. (Thanks for the encouragement!) And I’ve wanted to share more of these ideas with you, especially the very exciting ones. But as you can tell, I hadn’t quite got the time to knit them.
So… partly to stop myself going crazy, partly to document ideas that I can go back to in time, and partly because I hope you’ll enjoy reading them, this post is therefore the first of a regular’ish series about yarns and patterns that inspire me to keep on knitting. Fast.
In the meantime, this means you’ll have more fun stuff to read and more yarn p0rn to see!