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Oh my aching queue!

Dear designers,

Please stop releasing pretty patterns long enough for me to catch up  My fingers are sore!


Ok, just kidding… keep releasing them and I will queue away happily!  This week has seen the release of Amber, the new book from Kim Hargreaves.  I, of course, bought it right away – I have made more of her patterns than any other designer.

There are a few repeated patterns (for instance, if you liked my “Honey,” it’s here resized for Cashsoft Chunky) but most of the patterns are new to her books – some come from previous winter collections, and some are new patterns all together.  What do I want to knit?

It is sad, truly… and this is the edited down list.  Apparently I’m a sucker for the whole “english countryside” thing.  The first sweater up there is just gorgeous, but it’s knit in cashsoft chunky, and you don’t even want to know how much that would cost (or the weight of the thing, probably…)  The second sweater (Ginny) is in felted tweed, easily subbed with Silky Wool, which I have in a nice mossy green color.  The wrap is knit in the new Colourscape chunky, which I might want to try (or I might sub Silk Garden chunky, depending if I can find a good price.)  The scarf is knit in kidsilk haze, which I have never knit with, and I think it’s time to give it a try.

The sexy knitters club on Ravelry has chosen two patterns that I would like to make this time around (I haven’t participated in ages, because they kept choosing things I had already knit.)

Baby Cables and Big ones too, in Green Mountain Spinnery Sylvan spirit (I am slightly short in yardage, but it won’t break my heart to have to buy another skein.)

The Silken Scabbard in Malabrigo Silky Merino.  I love this sweater, and this may be my motivation to actually start it!  I never seem to make pullovers, but I think I should try more.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to buy these patterns yet(well, I have the silken scabbard, but I like the first pattern more,) since my paypal account is sort of broken.  I have a long history of hating paypal very much, but this is really annoying.  They insist that my account was compromised and are making me verify my identity in a million ways, including by phone.  But we don’t have a land line, and they won’t use a cell, meaning I have to wait for a letter… so annoying.

It had better get fixed before the Twist collective comes out in a week.  They aren’t doing as many previews this time, but I’m in love with this one already:

This is Knitscot by Norah Gaughan.  I know, I said never again, but this is a shape that is reliable on my body, and it looks like it won’t need resizing (although the sleeves look a little big.)  I can’t wait for the rest of the issue to come out, even though I haven’t made Linden from the last one yet (I had a yarn choice crisis, followed by a sizing crisis, so it’s on hold.)

Finally, check out the preview of the new Knotions, coming out in a week and a half also.  Lots of great looking patterns that are free(!)  I’m looking to see what Swing Swing looks like, because I have that exact amount and color of Colrain in my stash.  There are also some great accessory pattens (check out the isotope hat, I like the cables and the yarn it’s knit in (Cash Vero, very nice yarn.)

If you’ve read this far, I’ll give an update on my WIP.  Petersburg is getting there.  I’m halfway through the 2nd front, and it should be done tonight.  This is actually a quick knit with the chunky yarn, even with the cables.

I can’t wait to wear this one – the weather is just perfect for a vest right now!