I want to cast on all the things, but I won’t…

Now that the holidays are over and I am done knitting gifts I am consumed with the desire to cast on all the projects that have been calling to me.


  • Ariel by Brandy Velten because I have the most perfect yarn ever for this in my stash. Northern Lights, by Cyborg’s Craft Room. Can’t wait for this sweater.
Image from Cyborg’s Craft Room Instagram feed.
  • Sheep Heid hat by Kate Davies.  Because no one can have enough sheep to wear on their head.  Perhaps I’ll clean up and spin some of the Shetland , CVM and Cormo fleece I have in my stash and knit the entire thing from handspun, naturally colored wool.  That would be a good project. And not nearly so intimidating as spinning enough yarn for a sweater.
  • Peerie Flooers mittens by Kate Davies. I think I have enough fingering weight scraps of the right colors to knit these now. I’m not much of a sock knitter, so colorwork mittens are my purse project of choice.

As I said, I’d like to cast on all these projects…but I won’t, because I have far too many neglected UFOs to tend to first.

  • Nearly-Headless Noodle. Poor little thing. He’s not only headless, he’s missing all his limbs, his tail, his ears, and well…pretty much everything. I’ve got to finish this little guy. Although I might start him over at a tighter gauge.


  • Docklight. I put this one aside to knit my husband’s #NaKniSweMo2015 sweater. But now I can knit away on this one full speed.


  • The little Clara dress I started over the holidays. I don’t really have any guilt feelings about this one yet. But I should try to finish it before next Christmas.
  • Evenstar shawl, which I used to find so stimulating. I’m sure I would again if I would just pick it up. The yarn is amazing (Grinning Gargoyle 100% silk!). The pattern is amazing. The only thing not amazing is my progress. It’s been sitting for almost two years. Time to reenergize.


Willpower. Must use willpower.




    • Thanks. It’s a lot of fun. It looks so complex, but like so many lace patterns, it isn’t all that bad when you take it section by section. I tell myself this when I think about picking it up again.

  1. I feel ‘ya! I seem to be spinning in circles in regards to knitting. I don’t have too much going on but I just don’t know what to do first.

  2. You had me giggling at “squirrel!”. Like you, I am resisting the urge to cast on all the things. Am diligently working on my UFOs, but have so.many.plans. for all the exciting knits once they are done! Hiro looks amazing. I want some colourwork in my life… I might have to add that to my list too!!

    • Its hard to stay focused. I have to remind myself that my knitting isn’t a duty, a job, or a sport. I don’t have any obligation to finish the things I start before starting new ones, except that it’s nice to occasionally finish things. Plus one eventually runs out of needles.

  3. I’m in the same exact place – tons of projects to work on, and so many more I want to cast on RIGHT THIS MINUTE!

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