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So. What Comes Next?

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Now that the gray cardigan is finished and in my closet (well . . . technically, it's not in my closet much because I'm wearing it all the time, but you know what I mean), what comes next?

I can honestly say . . . I'm not sure.

I do have a little "palette cleanser" knitting going on at the moment.  (And it's not going well, truth be told.)  Last fall, I made a fun little curling hat for Tom.  Another curler saw it -- and admired it.  (Like . . . she wanted to learn to knit so she could make one for herself.)  I really like this curler -- she is kind and good and fun and VERY knit-worthy.  So I decided to knit her a hat as a little surprise.

It didn't turn out like I had hoped.


I know some of you are going to look at this finished (without pompom) curling hat and think it looks just fine.  But it isn't.  I made it a size smaller than the one I made for Tom -- and with that color work band in there, it just doesn't have a lot of give right where you want a hat to have a lot of give (y'know?), so it feels pretty tight.  Plus . . . I made a poor color choice for the handles of the curling stones.  The gold and the red are too close in value, so the handles just disappear in the design-- and especially from a distance.  I tried some duplicate stitch (no photo) with a more contrast-y color, and although it's better, it's not what I want.

If it were a hat for me, I'd just move on.

But it's not.

So I cast on for another one (bigger size) last night.  I'll make better color choices this time.  It'll be fine.  Which means . . . I still have about a week to decide what to knit next.  Here are three things I'm considering:

1 -- Ray's Crop.  As soon as I saw this design, I knew I'd need to knit it.  (I'm a sucker for garter stitch, and I love the shape of this sweater.)  Pros:  Big yarn, big needles, crop length means it'll go quickly.  Plus I already have the perfect yarn.  Cons: I can't really think of one.

2 -- Stashdance Cardigan.  This is the one that has been haunting me!  This is the design I wished I'd been knitting while I was knitting the gray cardigan.  I was obsessed with the thinking about it.  I went through my stash multiple times to check out my options.  (Found several. . . )  Pros:  I'm motivated and obsessed, I have great yarn options, it looks like fun.  Cons:  The contrast yarn I want to knit with is a long-run gradient and I'll need to plot out the color changes carefully for the sleeves to (at least sort of) match up with the body . . .which will take a bit of finagling.  Also, the main color will be gray (again) (I know), and I'm not sure I can do more gray quite yet.   I WILL knit this; I'm just not sure it'll be next.  

3 -- Little Rabbits.  I have two very sweet and very knit-worthy little grand nieces.  I've been planning to knit them little rabbits (with some outfits) for a while now.  If I don't get to it soon, though, they'll be too big to play with them!  (Not exactly true.  I have a couple of years before that happens.)  Pros:  Cute and adorable, will be well-received by the girls.  Cons:  I need to knit 2 of them, and they are futsy.  I will also need to figure out something else for their big brother who IS getting too old for a stuffed toy (although he might like it if it came with Star Wars outfits).

(I also need to knit another baby sweater, but I have a bit of time yet for that one.  While it's percolating in my head, it's not on my "what next" radar quite yet.)

So.  There you have it.  Opinions?  Thoughts?
(Also, how do YOU decide what to knit next?)




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The bunnies are adorable -- futsy, yes, but at least they'd be fast because they're on the small side. Perhaps use the crop sweater as your dangling carrot to encourage you to knit them quickly?


Ray's Crop would be perfect right now! Almost a palate cleanser, too, given how quickly it'll go. Perfect for layering as we head into spring!

Stashdance also looks fun!

Little Rabbits are SO CUTE!! If it makes you feel any better, their futsy factor can't possibly hold a candle to Claire Garland's KOALA -- a 27-page pattern! (Or, arguably, to any of her patterns!) (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/koala-49)


I've made several of Julie's bunnies and other animals as Christmas and birthday gifts for the littles in my life. Very enjoyable knits!


Oh gosh. Such great choices. I have Favorited the first two. (love the bunny but know I will never do it unless put in Solitary. It takes a special skill, plus patience, to do stuffing:). For Ray’s Crop I would need to lower neckline a bit, make it slightly oversized and do short-sleeves. Better for my body-type. Worth it for those radiating lines! Love the proportions and fit of the Stashdance, looks like it sits well on the shoulders One of the very few cardigans I have ever considered. This was so helpful and fun, Kym! Looking forward to your versions. They always turn out so well.


Great choices Kym! Decisions, decisions, decisions. I like Sarah's idea of using Ray's Crop as a carrot (HA!) dangling in front of you as you knit up the bunnies. Looking forward to seeing what you do (and seeing the new hat as well).

Carolyn Seymour Thomas

DEFINITELY Ray's Crop! I always admire the photos you post of crops--such a perfect style on you, I think. My vote is do the Crop and then the adorable bunnies. They'll be a perfect early spring knit--and a crop is such a perfect Feb. knit! You know...shorter month, shorter sweater... Have fun, whatever you choose!


I don't think you can go wrong with any of your choices! I really like Stashdance, it looks fun to knit and like something I would wear. Whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy the knitting!

Linda W.

I'm for Ray's Crop sweater. You've got the bulky yarn and should knit up quickly. You should be able to wear now through Spring.


Oh those rabbits would be so nice for my great nieces! I agree with the carrot theory too!


I'm a big fan of Stashdance, but what if you just asked Tom to pick a number 1, 2, or 3 and then knit whatever project his number corresponded with? (Of course, you could reserve the right to knit whichever you wanted to if you weren't happy with Tom's choice!)


I am a sucker for knit animals! (and Genevieve loves them!) those bunnies are adorable!

I love the crop sweater and I have also been percolating Stashdance around in my head for a bit! (gmta!!)


If it were me I would start Ray's Crop (it looks like a quick knit) and a bunny at the same time. You can bounce back and forth as they call to you. I like having a couple of projects because a futzy project needs a fun project as accompaniment. At least you have some really nice choices in your queue! A friend is buying me a kit for Romi's new mystery shawl (she's at Stitches West) which is a (one of many) birthday gift to myself (70 deserves A LOT of gifts). I'll start as soon as she gets it into my hands!


several good choices is a nice problem to have! from the pro/con lists, I'd start the first sweater and the two bunnies ... one fast/fun project and one fiddle-y with a nice payoff. (maybe you could sew a star wars pillow case for the older brother? Charlie and I made one the last time he came to sleepover and he LOVES it!) I am mid-project on a few things right now and looking forward to what I'll make next. Right now I'm in the stage of making lists and pondering. (stay tuned. there might even be some sewing on my list!)

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