crochet · Knitting

Coming Out of Retirement

Last night, I finished the Kitty Pi,

and then spent several hours playing around with my stash, trying to decide what to cast on next.

This is never an easy process for me. There’s just so much to chose from! I have an okay-sized stash with some yarn purchased for specific projects and a lot of other random yarn from projects I was going to do, but have since changed my mind about. Take, for example, the 5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver that I picked up to knit into a bat costume for Isaac. Luckily, he changed his mind and decided instead to wear the awesome Jaguar costume I got for him at the second-hand store. But now I have a huge amount of yarn taking up an inordinate amount of space in my stash, yarn that I’m not all that excited about. I had considered giving it away, until I saw this on Ravelry. I’ll admit, I used to crochet a lot, but abandoned it entirely to make room for knitting. I really liked this project, however, and thought it would be nice to have a big warm afghan to keep in our living room. So, I decided to come out of crochet retirement and I hooked it on late last night.

Although, I wonder how much I will like this project when it turns into a gigantic plain black star, hah!

Also, I had this pair of toe-up Jaywalkers hibernating in my sock yarn stash. I decided to wake them up, in support of my friend Dawn who is wrestling with her own pair of Jaywalkers (knit in the traditional manner).

I figure these projects with keep me busy, at least through Christmas anyway, when Santa brings me a set of Knit Picks Options. Then I can cast on this and this and this. Yay! (Oh, and let’s not forget this.)

What is the process you use to decide what project to knit (or crochet) next? Do you struggle with it as much as I do?

4 thoughts on “Coming Out of Retirement

  1. How cool for you! A star blanket… I have been dabbling a little with the hook. Don’t really like the fabric for clothing, but I have to admit the shrug I made for the pre-school auction came together lickety-split! I’m hoping that if I’m a REALLY good girl, Santa will put some options needles in my stocking too… or I might just have to buy them the day after… :D

    The process of choosing what is next has been rather spontaneous for me… usually it starts with the yarn, and an idea of what I want it to become, and then I start perusing the net for possible patterns. Sometimes I find one, sometimes I make one up, using ideas from others. Although, I have decided that I need to knit the sock yarn I have on hand so that I can join another sock club. Sad, I know, but true. Sigh. The next thing is DEFINITELY going to be an all around sweater/cardigan for me. I have yet to knit anything substantial for myself – you know, beyond a hat and a scarf, etc.

    Hey, do you want to knit that tangled yoke cardi together? I think that would make me put more knitting up on my blog for sure. :D

  2. Hey!crochet yeah!, welcome to my world! The star is cute as hell but it’s gonna get heavy as you are working it. You still got a strong back? You might consider hooking several smaller stars together (like granny squares)
    Do you suppose there is a pattern to crochet a kitty pi from my 2 kitty?

    Love mom

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