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what comes next?

November 2nd, 2010

Sometimes when I finish knitting a project, I feel kind of lost after. What to work on now? Do I go back to a long-languishing WIP? Start something new? A new design?

I’m feeling very much stuck in that kind of place right now. I have two things on the needles that I want to be working on. The first is a mohair wrap sweater. It’s a bit bright, and that’s definitely appealing on these darker days of the year.

I had thought, for awhile, about using the stripes throughout the pattern. After working the first eight or ten inches, it became pretty obvious that a fully striped bright mohair garment would probably be too bright for me…. and most people I know. So, in the attitude of ‘less is more’, I’m keeping the stripes for accents around the edges, and using the purple-pink color for the body of the sweater.

I know what you’re thinking right now.

How much yarn do I actually have?

Well…. I probably have enough to do it this way. I have 5 skeins of the mohair in each color; somewhere around 1,000 yards. I’m knitting at a gauge of about 4 sts per inch, so that should be fine.

Hopefully.

The second project are my fair-isle slipper socks. I’m nearly done knitting the first prototype, and am only stuck on how to pattern the afterthought heel. It needs to be able to be positioned at any point in the sock. I can’t do any neat chart work to blend it into the foot or leg pattern without making it impossible to fit on different shoe sizes. So, I’m still pondering where to go and how to take it. Ironic, because I probably only have about a half hour of actual knitting left to do.

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Thanks so much for all the excitement around Every Last Yard! I had a record first week of pattern sales, which is helping offset the gigantic car repair bill from last week. Thank you for that!

I was able to snag a much-coveted Ravelry featured pattern ad for mid-month. I had a few ideas for the creative, but ended up with this:

Thoughts? Is it intriguing that you can only see the detailed parts of the sweater, or would that make you not want to click through? In the past, I’ve used more full-length images of garments for this ad spot, but in this case, the photos lost too much detail when reduced. I wanted to focus on the mood of the garment, and the detail of the lace.

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Speaking of Ravelry, the Watershed Knitalong officially began yesterday! I’ll be excited to see how everyone’s projects shape up as the participants begin posting photos. I just finished up a “how to” video on my favorite provisional cast on, and I’ll be posting that shortly. Hopefully it’ll help!

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5 Responses to “what comes next?”

  1. maureen Says:

    I like the ad. Because shawls and socks are the go-to projects for using up every last bit of yarn. But a sweater? A lovely sweater? Let me click through and see!

  2. Cindy Says:

    I like the ad too! When I see ads on Ravelry, I’m usually drawn in by either the garment type or the designer’s name. If either fits, then I’ll click on the ad.

  3. Natalie Says:

    I like the ad – there’s enough texture there that I’m interested to see more & I’d click through. The fact that it’s you means I’m even more likely to click it.

  4. Carrie Says:

    I like the ad as-is. You can see enough to tell that it’s a sweater/jacket-type of garment. And personally, I think it’s more interesting to just see a small section of it. Good luck!

  5. Leigh Says:

    rem, I click on the picture before even reading the post, so it worked perfectly on me.

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