I sometimes find myself in the unfortunate position of having cast on so many projects that I actually run out of needles. My Ravelry queue and favorites list grows much faster than my fingers can knit and it's far too easy to talk me into a knit-a-long. February offers me the perfect opportunity to take a breather after the holidays and work through some of the UFOs (unfinished objects) I have accumulated.
Last time I talked about three different patterns I was thinking of making and yesterday I picked colors to start the ValentinesSox by Wenche Roald. Translated from the original Norwegian, this is an interesting, and delightful little pair of socks. The pattern definitely makes the assumption that you have general knowledge of sock structure, so if you are a newbie make sure to knit this with a good instructor. However, the flexibility of the pattern makes it easy to incorporate your favorite sock tricks, and the heel flap has a garter border on each side.
So here are my selections to work on or finish this month.
My first ever MKAL (mystery knit-a-long) was Exploration Station by Stephen West. I had such a great time that I knew I needed to make the next one. His patterns are always interesting and new, combining color and pattern in ways I wouldn't have thought of. Started in November, my shawl has had a nice timeout and is ready to be finished.
My last rescue from the project basket is the Geology Shawl by Very Busy Monkey. This started from two separate loves that merged to form a perfect project. I kept staring at this pattern and the color Zarzamora for months. Finally, I bought both and they just sat, waiting, until i realized they are a perfect pairing.
And because I can't seem to help myself there are a few additions I have (or will) cast on as well.
Lastly I bring you one of my constant pattern obsessions. Arrowhead Cardigan by Anna Cohen. This oversized sweater jacket, keeps calling to me from my queue. I have to find time, and the perfect yarn, to make this.
What patterns, or yarns do you keep getting drawn back to, and how do you deal with the problem of casting on too many projects?
I just buy more needles.