Friday, March 18, 2011

Parker Cardigan Progress, Mystery KAL

The latest and greatest with Parker Cardigan. Back is done, and got couple of inches on one of the fronts.

Most knitters I know usually have multiple projects on the needles, but I'm stubborn and I'm a monogamous girl, I always have only one main project at a time. There are small, plain, carry around things I do, but big projects, always one at a time. This one project may take a few months, and when it ends, it's like saying goodbye to an old friend, or a special child, or a limb. Then I get into the planning mode for the Next Big Thing. I start flipping through all of my books and magazines, digging up yarn from each box, running random searches on Ravelry, asking silly questions on Ravelry and Facebook -- I'm lost, can you help me? I'd go crazy for a cute pattern, but can't find the right yarn for it (because I don't have enough yarn, duh); or I'd be determined to use the long discontinued Passport Yarn that I bought from Michael's years ago, but of course I wouldn't be able to find a pattern I like.

Lately I've been wondering about life after Parker. I have a bunch of very pretty sock yarns that I didn't want to use in Que Sera Sera, because they are too pretty to be a blanket. They, or maybe just one of them, wants to become a nice little shawl for the cool nights in the summer.

But of course I can't find a good pattern for it.

So when my friend Jocelyn posted on South Bay Knitters Yahoo group that there is an interesting Mystery Knit Along coming up with designer Laura Nelkin, to make a small shawl that uses 400 yards of fingering weight (sock) yarn, my ears went straight up. Since it's a mystery, all I can show you is the yarn I'm using. This is Watercolors Sock Yarn hand dyed by my friend Karin, aka Periwinkle Sheep. Aren't they pretty? I think the green one will be a perfect spring shawl.

Don't forget to visit Andrea and my other fiber friends at Fiber Arts Friday on Wisdom Begins in Wonder.


WonderWhyGal said...

oooooooh! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors you are going to use! I told Jill, who dyed the yarn I'm using for my caplet KAL, that if I were to knit another one, I want greens and oranges. Your colors are fabulous!

I can't wait to see the mystery KAL unfold. I also have tons of sock yarn but haven't knitted socks yet...maybe a shawl is another option.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Word Lily said...

I just finished a little green shawl, myself! That reminds me, need to go block it.

Voie de Vie said...

Green is definitely in the collective mindset - I'm also working on a green spring crocheted shawl. I'm also working on a peach knit stole for charity. And I'm now trying to decide on the next few projects. Decisions, decisions. But I will definitely enjoy the current WIPs.

Cheers, and happy fiber arts Friday!

Knot By Gran'ma said...

Gorgeous work and fab colors! Sounds so exciting. I haven't done a KAL or a CAL yet. On my list!

Kathryn Ray said...

I agree with one big project at a time but I seem to do best with at least one more in work... 1 big and 1 or 2 smaller different types of projects. I have a few too many right now tho because my current big project got a restart this week. :-/

The Mystery KAL sounds interesting.

Spinster Beth said...

Oooh, lovely yarns! Can't wait to see the finished mystery!

Melissa said...

At last I have found someone who believes in 1 large project at a time. I do the same thing. I must finish up on one before starting another.

Your mystery shawl should be lovely with the colors you've selected. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Kathryn Ray said...

Vivian - thank you for the link to Keys to China.

I shared it with my brother who has been to China several times and has mentioned an interest in working there one day. :-)