What is your relationship with your Ravelry queue? Odd question perhaps, but I have been thinking about it for a few days.
After bravely battling
manflu my cold and after finishing a new shawl pattern (more on which later), I was itching to knit something. The obvious thing to knit would be Frontier (the pattern is a lot of fun) but I lost one of my needles somewhere in Casa Bookish. The tidying mojo is absent at the moment and so I turned to my Ravelry queue.
I have 30 patterns queued at the moment. I know most knitters struggle to keep their queue under control - I struggle to add to my queue because I think so very, very carefully about what I add to it. In my head, the Rav queue is the creme de la creme of what I want to knit. Many of the queued patterns have been there for years and I know exactly what yarn I am going to use and in which colour. I don't often cast on from my queue but when I do, it feels like the height of knitterly luxury and indulgence.
I cast on Acer by Amy Christoffers this week. I can see it has been in my queue since January 2011 though I am positive I had been wanting to knit since I first saw the pattern. So far I am just beyond the first few rows of ribbing and the first few rows of the chart. It is a fairly intuitive pattern - and very well-thought out. Loving how the ribbing melts into the cable/lace pattern.
I bought ten hanks of Rowan Silky Tweed (a heavy worsted/light aranweight wool and silk blend) in a December 2010 winter sale with Acer in mind. So far the pattern and the yarn match each other as well as I had imagined. Heavenly.
What will replace Acer's place in my queue? There are plenty of patterns I adore which I haven't queued: Sarah Hatton's Stevie (Paula's version is gorgeous - I have seen it in real life), Heidi Kirrmaier's Harvest Moon, Kate Davies' Deco, Amy Christoffer's Windsor cardigan, this charming Drops pattern and Lene Holme Samsøe's Lily - to name but a few. Will they join the queue? Who knows..
..I do think I overthink my queue way too much. Thing is, I am rarely disappointed when I finally knit something from my queue. It just feels right.
I have a pattern currently being test-knitted. Social media is the best: I idly mentioned on Twitter needing to have my next pattern test-knitted and within ninety seconds I had more than enough offers to have several patterns test-knitted. My mind, she was blown away.
I sat knitting in the backyard today and I had my new shawl draped around my shoulders to keep the spring breeze at bay. Total love.