You may have heard me mention that I’m joining Emily over at Snapdragon Crafts in the Love Your Library challenge this year. That means making a real effort to use the patterns I have on hand and not letting myself be seduced by the call of buying pretty, exotic, persuasive, I-need-it-now, new patterns. I think this is a great challenge to undertake, because I know I am guilty of hoarding patterns that I bought in a spurt of excitement and motivation, only to discard it for the next oh-so-shiny and pretty project that crossed my path (why is it all so pretty?!).
So what do I, specifically, want to get out of this challenge? Well, I would like to use it to make a dent in my Ravelry queue of projects. Mine may not be as long as others, but it’s grown exponentially in the past year. So I want to make some progress and actually knit projects I’ve added to the queue, rather than just watching it grow. If I bought the pattern and it’s on my queue, it’s at the top of the list.
Second, I am making a real effort to use stash yarn for these projects. Many of them were added to the queue because they were projects I specifically bought yarn for, but never started, or are items that fit yarn I had purchased with no real project in mind. So I can’t use this challenge as an excuse to buy new yarn. It’s time to make use of what I have.
So what is on my Love Your Library project list?
First, lots of sweaters.
Pattern: Ravello by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: I plan on making my Ravello tweedy, using some Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal that I bought in November. I have one skein each of Autumn Gold, Fuchsia, and Snowdrift. I go back and forth on the exact color scheme, but today I’m feeling fuchsia and white striped top with a golden bottom.
Pattern: Old Romance by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: I couldn’t resist the beautiful blue of Knit Picks Diadem in Fluorite when it was on closeout over Thanksgiving. I should have enough for the body of the sweater. The lace insets on the sleeves will use up the last of some MadTosh Light in Antler that is left over from other projects.
Pattern: Thyrone by Tori Gurbisz
Yarn: This sweater looks sleek, cozy, but the colorwork keeps things interesting. I see this made with my Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in Sand, with bright fuchsia accents. Or turquoise blue. I don’t have enough of a DK weight yarn for the accent, so I will have to buy a skein or two, meaning I can still day dream about it and don’t have to commit to anything just yet.
And, of course, there are several accessories I hope to get to this year.
Pattern: Henslowe by Beth Kling
Yarn: I have been in love with Henslowe for a long while now. The garter stitch + lace border makes me swoon. I have set aside a beautiful skein of MadTosh light in Cousteau that will become this beautiful shawl, likely this summer.
Pattern: Cadence socks by verybusymonkey
Yarn: Maybe the bright pink Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer I have? I haven’t decided yet, but I love this sock pattern and I’ve been wanting to make it forever. It’ll get done. Soon.
Pattern: Storm by kBomb
Yarn: I have some Stroll Tweed that is just begging to be made into a pair of cabled socks, and I think this is the pair they are destined to become.
I think all of that is more than enough to get me started. I hope by planning them out a bit, I can get myself excited about each project as it moves from thought to tangible item on my needles. I won’t say that I will stay away from adding new patterns to my queue or library this year, but I hope this will at least make me stop and think about how much I actually need a pattern, pushing me to use what I have already and grow as a knitter. If you’d like to join in on the challenge, you should, because it’ll be a blast (and it’s never too late to start).