I like what some knitters do, where they take a pattern book and commit to knitting some or all the patterns from the book throughout the year. I don't have a pattern book that I want to do this with, so I went through my queue and chose 12 patterns I'd like to complete this year. Some are big, some are small, but I think it'd be fun to knit them all! I also want to use stashed yarns for them, whenever possible.
In no particular order they are:
A Better Bucket
It's been in my queue pretty much since I joined Ravelry, I think it's time to get it done, don't you? I have a couple of yarns in mind for this one - both MadTosh - Vintage left over from Tea Leaves, or Heritage leftover from Eileen.
I've long wanted to knit a rectangular shawl, but I tend to get bored with scarves, so I figured a rectangular shawl would be a billion times worse. I think the construction of this pattern will help with that. I have a whole box of green shawl yarn that could be used on this one... but I think I'm leaning towards to some lace I have from the Sanguine Gryphon. This would satisfy my long-standing goal of knitting a shawl in lace weight too.
SmokingHotNeedles gifted this pattern to me on my birthday. I absolutely love it. I love the colour it's knit in there, but I don't have anything like that in my stash. I do however, have some copper cotton, or some burgundy cashmerino that would work. (Though I'd love to knit this in a warm brown... but I'd have to dye something)
Another one I've been meaning to do for ages. I actually started it once with some Top Cat but they were short skeins and I realized I wasn't going to have enough, so I frogged it. This is one of the few that I probably won't knit from the stash - I want to dye something up special.
This is probably the most ambitious project on my list. But it's something I've wanted ever sine I first saw it. I tried to convince Mom to make it for me, but to no avail. Now that I'm better with stranded colour work, I think I can do it. I am going to cheat a little though - I'm going to dye a gradient, so I don't have to keep track of the colour sequence - it will just happen. This pattern will also give me a new skill - steeking!!!
Another one in the queue forever. I've got some lovely Cascade Indulgence set aside for this (in natural white). It's a mix of alpaca and angora. Though... I am a little tempted to dye up some Top Cat Aran in a soft grey....
Another one I fell in love with when I saw it. When we got Desert Cat in, I squirreled away three skeins in Dormouse, a colour very similar to the above picture. I can't wait to have a Desert Cat cardigan.
I'm ashamed at how many times this shawl has ended up on my goal lists and still hasn't been knit! Well 2014 is the year! I have some white recycled silk set aside for this one, but I may switch it out for the Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single in Shadow that I have in my stash.
After gushing about this one a few posts ago, I couldn't leave it off my list. It's knit in DK too, so should be a nice quick knit for the list. I have some beautiful Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in wine that would work well for it.
Who couldn't love pirate socks. And in a wicked deep red House Cat? To die for!
Susie Rogers Reading Mitts
Another one I'm incredibly ashamed I haven't knit yet. Seriously... they are fingerless mitts - how hard is it to get around to them. I have some Zara in Stone that matches my Wildwood beret.
A cute, quick little cover-up that will help extend my sundresses into the cooler seasons. This one I will have to dye something for - I don't have anything in the stash for it. Any suggestions on colour?
Of course, none of this can be done until I get my remaining Christmas knits done, as well as Sweet Dreams... and lets not forget LeStrange.... I've got a busy year ahead of me!