The thing is, right now I'm feeling very happy and peaceful all alone at home. Just me and the cat, my ever-faithful companion. We have all of the windows open and there is a soft breeze blowing over my embryonic new projects which are spread out around me. I'm all zingy with creative juices - I love it!
First of all, I completed yet another set of stripey armwarmers... this time for a gorgeous 11 year old with a 'thing' for Tim Burton. I hope she still likes them by the time it's cold enough to wear them... http://www.ravelry.com/projects/flockhartsl/dr-seussesque-stripey-wrist-warmers-3
Secondly, I want to make a felted bag. Preferably a big, oversized bag that can accommodate all of the junk that I insist on carrying around with me daily. I have got as far as purchasing yarn and felting a swatch.
But here's the thing... A while ago I bought this pattern... which is, to my mind, unadulteratedly gorgeous and MUST be made:
But then... another part of my brain is wanting to design my own bag, and I started thinking about how this could be an excuse to learn intarsia (aka 'picture knitting'). It occurred to me that designing picture knitting must surely be no different to designing a tapestry... e.g. if I made up a chart out of little squares, where each square represents a stich, then surely the world is my oyster... no? As far as I can work out, the only thing I will need to take into account in the design is that felting shrinks the length of the knitting more than the width.
So... as always, I have launched straight into a design based on bare trees, which I consider to be the most beautiful forms that nature has to offer. So here is my embryonic chart design... I have no idea whether this will really work, but could be worth a try?
In addition to the above, I cast on stitches for two new projects... yes, I really am getting carried away.
Firstly, a lace shawl, using the unvelievably beautiful kidsilk yarn in 'ripe cherries' that I was winding on my nostepinne a couple of weeks ago. This is going to be a project that takes for EVER to complete and only gets worked on in a silent room with no disturbance. (I suspect it is going to challenge me, so I may just see how it goes.... the combination of this yarn and Addi Turbo lace needles has potential to be a slippery-dropped-stitch-hell waiting to happen!)
Secondly, a pair of fair-isle socks, using cheat's yarn that does the fair-isle pattern all by itself. Its like total magic - just wait and see! This will be a mindless project for when I am on the tube or watching TV - and hopefully quite quick.