|Swatching for a sweater|
|Madelinetosh Pashmina: Baroque Violet|
I knew I needed a strategic plan to figure it out. I decided to focus on four different yarns that I was interested in knitting with. I then went through my Ravelry queue and Favourites list. I wrote down the names, kind of yarn, gauge, and needle size that would work with those yarns. I then knit some swatches, and from there I am going to see if any of the swatches will work with any of the patterns. This way, I will have figured out not only the next sweater I will knit but hopefully the next two or three.
|Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label: Painted Jeans|
|West Yorkshire Spinners DK|
|Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport: Tannenbaum|
So what's a girl to do while figuring this all out? Knit socks is what I highly recommend! I've had this beauty waiting it's turn for some time. Julie Asselin's Piccolo, a 80% merino, 20% nylon yarn. It is incredibly squishy yarn, so I can imagine how lovely the socks will be to wear. A recent convert to sock knitting, I have to admit that I choose handknit socks to wear everyday over all my commercially made ones. They are so comfortable and breathable. I never used to see what the big deal was about sock knitting, but now I totally do.
|Julie Asselin Piccolo: Plume|
The pattern I chose was Business Casual by Tanis Fiber Arts. It is a cuff down construction with a simple cable running through. As I knit through these socks, I will continue to swatch and look through my sweater pattern options. I find sock patterns so much easier to choose than sweater patterns despite there being so many to chose from.
Hopefully no more new and amazing patterns will be published that will divert my attention from my final decision. That won't happen, will it?