I Apologize in Advance for Showing You All These Awesome Patterns

Before I show you these incredible patterns, these truly awesome finds, I just want to say I’m sorry.

  • I’m sorry that I’ve given you stuff to add to your Ravelry favorites
  • Because favoriting leads to queuing
  • And queuing leads to yarn buying
  • And yarn buying leads to casting on
  • And casting on leads to neglect of housework, children, spouses, and all the other UFOs languishing in your project bag

Really, truly, I apologize. From bottom of my fibrous little heart. I couldn’t feel more culpable for enabling you, my dear readers, in your fiber addiction. I might have to buy some yarn, just to get over it.

Gorgeous textured shawls

I’ve got a thing for these layered, interesting shawls. I love the color combinations and the almost quilted or embroidered look they have.  Scrumptious.

Fabergé by Laura Aylor as seen on Ravelry.
Suki by Miriam Pike as seen on Ravelry
Golden Lion Throne by Barbara Benson as seen on Ravelry
Gardener’s Shawl by Nancy Whitman as seen on Ravelry

Cozy cardigans (some sassy)

In the process of searching for the right pattern to use for my stashed Black Water Abbey yarn, I’ve managed to favorite lots of yummy cabled cardigans. At this point, I don’t know how I’ll ever choose. At least I can take comfort in the fact that not all of these are right for the yarn. That doesn’t change the fact that IWANTTOKNITTHEMNOW. Every single one.

Ink by Hanna Maciejewska as seen on Ravelry
Stonecutters Cardigan by Amy Christoffers as seen on Ravelry
Voluta by Rachel Erin, as seen on Ravelry
Rotation by Cookie A as seen on Ravelry
Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman as seen on Ravelry
Killybegs by Carol Feller as seen on Ravelry
Geodesic Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio

Stuff that’s so chic and modern I can’t believe it’s knit wear 

These are the patterns I show people to convince them that you don’t have to dress like a fuddy-duddy to wear hand knit clothing. This is the kind of ultra-hip stuff I would expect Buffy the Vampire Slayer to wear…if that show was still on the air. Except I would worry about her getting blood and demon guts all over it. What’s the procedure for hand washing ichor out of your hand knits?

Salamba Jacket by Carol Feller as seen on Ravelry
Rækkevidde by Bente Geil as seen on Ravelry
Burgundy by Lisa Richardson as seen on Ravelry
Lapis by Kessa Tay Anlin as seen on Ravelry

I promise to find myself a 12-step program to address this terrible problem I have, inflicting such horrible temptation on others.

Just as soon as I finish this row.


  1. LMAO!! I take that as a personal apology since I’ve been complaining that all of my blogging friends are leading me unto temptation!! After seeing these FABULOUS patterns I might have to filter your blog too! LOL!! Thank you!!!

    • *shamed face*

      Sorry Suzy. I hope the evil doesn’t hurt too much. It’s been telling me that it does no good to resist and that I should just give in. I have to admit, after sharing the evil with others, I feel much better. Not sure of that’s evil halved or evil doubled.

  2. I have been avoiding Ravelry lately, specifically because I don’t need to add to my already overfull favorites list – although a virtual list can never really be full, can it?
    This week will be the second week in a row that I did not knit a single stitch on the cardigan I am attempting to make for my 4-year-old niece for Christmas. There was definitely method to the madness of starting a piece intended as Christmas gift in August.
    I did knit a ruffled scarf from 1 ball of Red Heart Boutique Sashay. It’s adorable. As I knit it I thought if it were threaded onto a thin wire, it could be manipulated into a wreath or a garland. And thus, I bought another ball in a colourway that matches our bed linens, which will become a decorative garland over our closet doors.
    I’m also halfway through another ruffle scarf – this one in a bright colourway of Bernat Twist & Twirl. At least I’ll have something for the niece if the cardigan doesn’t pan out.
    It’s for quick projects like these that I am glad mass-produced yarns are readily available at Walmart and Michael’s.

  3. You should apologize…I want that one, and that one, and that one…Fortunately I’ll be well over it before I finish adding them all to my list. 😉

  4. I’m delighted to see some Carol Feller patterns in there (I’m Irish too). And that first shawl – already planning yarn choices :/

      • Hahaha. Yeah, not that simple. Yarn shopping might as well be ranked up there with heroine. I’m actually considering donating my yarn from before i discovered fancy yarn shops because I’ve had it for years and have never even considered using it. My stash is incredible, but 1/3 of it is walmart yarn that is five years old or more. She who dies with the most yarn wins??? 😉

  5. Oh my goodness–thank you a) for the wonderful, wonderful pattern ideas and b) for sucking any spare time I have, because yes, I WANT TO DO THEM ALL TOOOOO!
    I can’t decide which one I don’t have time for first! Is it that stunning dress? Or the high-necked dress up top? Or Voluta? Or Burgundy?
    I am quite in trouble.

    • I really hope somebody knits the dress. I’ll probably never get around to it, but if one of my blog pals does I’ll at least get the vicarious enjoyment out of it.

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