As much as I tell myself I’m going to cut down on buying patterns and yarn, I keep on doing it. I still have a ridiculous amount of optimism on what I think I can get accomplished.
I never really take into account how much stash I already have that I’m not using. I am always like, “Ok, well, this will just be the pattern that makes me more stash conscious and the prolific knitter I keep coming across on Ravelry.”
It’s never going to happen, but I can dream, I guess. If you take into account how many projects I have frogged and fixed and restarted, I am very prolific. It just doesn’t show up as finished items.
Another thing about patterns that has creeped in is I feel like I am supporting amazing designers the best way I can by buying individual patterns. There are some patterns that are so awesome, I can’t not buy them. Even if I may never knit them or use them in something I’m making.
I am loving my Linda Marveng patterns. She releases so many, and they are all so striking. She has written one book, and is running KALS for the next one being published.
I have only bought about 3 of her patterns. Two of my favorites were gifted to me. She has 175 patterns and counting. And she has some dedicated knitters who show up in her Rav group and complete multiple sweaters (prolific knitters for sure!), while I am stalling at one.
My current goal where her work is concerned is to fully participate in a knitalong. I am not fully participating in her finish-along in that I don’t knit everyday, but I am still working on the sweater.
One future goal of mine concerning her patterns is that one day I will fully participate in a knitalong for one of her test knits and finish it before the KAL end date. Over the past year, she has had about a test knit a month. Some run concurrently. One day I’m going to be a contender. lol
Here’s a photo of Saga, one of her designs that I’m making a version of:
It only goes up to a large, and I am 2X, so I’ve had to reknit the fronts so they will fit me.
I am making it in a green Malabrigo Rios yarn that it’s hard to get a picture of.
I am so bad about another designer, Susanne Daum, that almost whatever she is working on, I want to buy it. And I have. Celtic blankets, involved sweaters and wraps. They are amazing!
I first came across her designs when she released the Beastie Celtic blanket, and I had to buy that too. It is complicated looking, and I felt like it was one of those I am never going to be able to do myself. After watching other test knitters go through it, I think I can do it, but it is going to be a while. I am going to try something simpler first, the Glencoyne Dale Celtic wrap. I may use the Cotton Viscose yarns in purple and black that I was using to knit a Juliet sweater. I hope my purls come out all right.