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.

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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.




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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.





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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.

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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.







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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.







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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).


16 Comments on Lovin’ my library

  1. LOVE it! I’m especially eyeing Thyrone as a potential candidate for DK lurking in my stash … I’m a sucker for chevrons! I do the exact same thing … buy yarn, buy pattern–then get distracted. It’s been exciting to finally knit up some of the stuff I’ve had “waiting in the works” for so long now!

  2. You’ve got some really nice stuff lined up! It looks like a pretty good variety too-the last time I tried something like this I ended up with a queue of 20 pairs of socks and crashed and burned two pairs in :/

    • Oh no! I hope that doesn’t happen here. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself to get a ton of things accomplished. I’ll just take them as they come and work on whatever I feel like at that time. Because I already have the yarn and the patterns, hopefully I won’t feel like I’m wasting money/energy/yarn on the project.

  3. what a brilliant idea, to knit from your library! I go through my ravelry queue regularly, and sometimes if I lose interest, I just take it out of my queue. My goal is to ever have more than 40 projects in my queue, and I try to have a range f styles and yardages, so that there’s something there to fit whatever timeslot or need I’m feeling at the moment. It’s not a perfect system, but it helps keep me focused.

    • I’ve been slowly trimming my queue when I have a few spare moments (and think of it), but I still have too many projects on there I want to get through. Hopefully with this challenge, more things will be taken off the queue than are added to it.

  4. Oh, I LOVE what you’ve picked. This is exactly my motivation for the whole challenge–I keep acquiring yarn/pattern/plans, and don’t follow through enough. It is super gratifying to finally make the things I’ve had planned in my head! 🙂

  5. I have been meaning to join Emily with her Love my Library thing! I just need to sit down and make goals about what I want to knit!
    Great list though, I love that old romance sweater!

  6. What I’m learning here is that I don’t take advantage of so many features in Ravelry! I don’t think I’ve ever used (or seen) the queue option.

    I can’t wait to see what you do with Henslowe. I’ve been seeing it all over the place lately and its on my mental to-do list at the moment. I’m curious if it’s easy to size up, because I have a really special yarn set aside for it and want to use every last inch.

  7. This project is definitely resonating with me right now – I might have to join in! I think it’s so smart to have a small, thoughtfully selected list, and I love the patterns you’ve chosen. Thyrone and Old Romance in particular – graphic, pretty cardigans, yes please!

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