Decisions, decisions

I'm at loose ends this morning.

I finished a project in the wee hours of the morning (no, you can't see it yet - it's meant for another rare Friday FO) and am still basking in that self-satisfied glow that comes from being really pleased with what you've just knit.

Okay, just a sneaky peek!

Okay, just a sneaky peek!

(Personally, I think this is the 'high' that knitters chase. That smug, chuffed feeling of having turned string into something wonderful and useful and fabulous. It's our superpower! Also not to be confused with the knitters' 'high' of euphoria that comes from casting on something new, which as we all know is something else entirely...)

As thrilled as I am to be finished a project, I am completely paralyzed in terms of what to work on next for the month of March. And as we know with my WIP count, there's no end of options to choose from.

These colours remind me of those large, ornamental cabbages

These colours remind me of those large, ornamental cabbages

Option 1: Handspun and a WIP
Continuing on with the inadvertent garter stitch theme of 2015 would be returning to Rachel's latest beautiful design. I'm also conscious of the fact that I haven't knit with an SweetGeorgia in a while so this handspun in Spring Garden fits the bill. And since the shawl is already started, hopefully a WIP wouldn't take too long.

My SweetGeorgia handspun is all about gardens - this colourway is Midnight Garden

My SweetGeorgia handspun is all about gardens - this colourway is Midnight Garden

Option 2: SweetGeorgia Half-and-Half
Another SweetGeorgia and handspun option is the Lady Pearl vest. It would be a new cast on, but a perfect layering piece for the transitional weather we've been experiencing here in the UK. I'd use my SweetGeorgia handspun for the body and their Superwash DK in a complementary colour for the yoke.

Still a little more swatching to go to see if I'm on gauge

Still a little more swatching to go to see if I'm on gauge

Option 3: More Handspun
I've been itching to cast on for the Gradient Pullover and have been swatching diligently the beautiful handspun that Rachel made for me for this project. While I want plenty of time to finish it before September so I can wear it to this year's GLYC, I've also been thinking that this sweater is a great summer project for me and would work into the Yarn in the City pre-GLYC 2015 and Pop-Up Marketplace KAL that we're planning on having. (Note to self: come up with a better name for the KAL!)

Hmmm... do we think I could finish this in time to wear at the Edinburgh Yarn Fest?

Hmmm... do we think I could finish this in time to wear at the Edinburgh Yarn Fest?

Option 4: Malabrigo March
It is March after all, and I've not knit with any Malabrigo in a while. Handily, I have a WIP that was cast on in early 2013 that could potentially be a quick-ish knit. The Helix Vest by Shiri Mor has cables to really take advantage of the smooshy Malabrigo goodness, is sleeveless  and it helps with working on my WIP problem.

Do I dare try to tackle lace again?

Do I dare try to tackle lace again?

Option 5: A Different Challenge Entirely
This option fits in with being part of the Cold Sheep thread that I've joined on Ravelry. There are a  number of challenges to help keep people motivated and on the straight and narrow! The Rock Island shawl by Jared Flood is something I've been planning on knitting for AGES and there's a mini-KAL happening on the thread with this project. My hesitation here is that it would mean starting something new, I'm not sure I can knit a whole lace shawl in a month to qualify for the challenge (and I'm competitive like that!) and I'm not confident my lace skills are up to par. But, it would be using more deep stash, which would be awesome.

Help me choose won't you? Pretty please?

Overwhelmed by WIPs

It had to happen some time but I think I've finally reached that point where I've got a few too many WIPs on the needles. I know my stitchy friend Lara would agree as she helped me discover quite of few of them when we did a tidy up of my stash when she was visiting last autumn.

Lara helped me sort my WIPs and "next projects" into a specific bin for me to work from.

Lara helped me sort my WIPs and "next projects" into a specific bin for me to work from.

While I've been working away on a number of projects, as you can expect there wasn't too much forward momentum happening on any of them. I've had to adjust tacks and streamline my rotation of projects and now I'm pleased with how things are progressing (minor mistakes discovered notwithstanding).

Way to stash-bust! Hold two strands together and knit an afghan on big needles... This is Garter Squish by Stephen West - although in my excitement to get going on it I forgot to do the rolled edge noted in the pattern. Oops...

Way to stash-bust! Hold two strands together and knit an afghan on big needles... This is Garter Squish by Stephen West - although in my excitement to get going on it I forgot to do the rolled edge noted in the pattern. Oops...

It probably helps that a fair number of them are garter stitch, which right now seems to make me unbelievably happy. There's a comfort to garter stitch - it's familiar and squishy and dependable. Perfect for mindless knitting, you can just keep knitting without having to pay too much attention to the pattern (or any at all if you want to inadvertently omit part of it as I've just discovered I've done).

More cotton and another blanket - hmm... a theme with me right now, in addition to the garter stitch. This is the Munchkin Blanket by Amy Swenson and has been lovely to knit.

More cotton and another blanket - hmm... a theme with me right now, in addition to the garter stitch. This is the Munchkin Blanket by Amy Swenson and has been lovely to knit.

I'm still at the garter stitch portion of Rachel's new shawl design too. The rhythm of the garter stitch is keeping me calm while I "just keep knitting, just keep knitting" - and slowly chip away at projects, and my stash! 

All wound up and ready to go. Maybe my next theme will be colourwork?

All wound up and ready to go. Maybe my next theme will be colourwork?

But I think it will be time for something new soon. How about you?