When it comes to knitting and sewing, I’m full of ideas and pretty lousy at the follow-through. There are 75 patterns in my Ravelry queue – and that’s after purging about 50% of it a few months ago – and nearly 200 on my sewing board on Pinterest, mostly patterns I want to make. I’m also turning into quite a pattern hoarder: 416 patterns in the Rav library and a growing pile of pattern envelopes, PDFs and Japanese books in my sewing collection. Then there’s the stash… I recently sorted my fabric and I have two big tote bags of fabric destined to become garments, and about six sweaters worth of yarn, plus all of the single skeins and leftovers.
One reason I started this blog was to try to give myself some accountability in my projects. If I join a sew-along or Me Made May, I have to finish, right? With that in mind, here are the next few projects I want to dig into, not including the ones that are already in progress. Patterns and materials are all lined up, I just need a nudge in the right direction:
1) Beatnik sweater by Norah Gaughan, in Berroco Remix in “strawberry.” I’ve had the yarn for two years and it’s been on the top of my queue for even longer, but I haven’t even swatched! As soon as I finish the second sleeve on my current project, this is what I’m pulling out of the closet.
2) View G from Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday Wear, in this blue bicycle print from Girl Charlee. I’d already been eyeing this pattern when I saw Tea’s beautiful version on Kollabora. It’s always nice when someone else has made the pattern work before you attack it.
3) The Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files, in black-and-taupe polka dots from Girl Charlee. This one has a bit of a deadline, since I’m going to Seattle and Michigan in three weeks and I don’t have a wearable bathing suit. If I don’t finish before I leave for Seattle I’ll just take it with me and finish on my mom’s old Elna, but I have to finish it by August 1 or no beach for me.
4) McCall’s 6600 in black and white Anna Sui cotton-silk twill from Mood. My fabric is a pretty bold graphic floral, so the whole thing will be a little more “statement-y” than I’m used to, but I love Clare’s version at Sew Dixie Lou and her fabric is even wilder than mine!