Thursday, June 30, 2011

up next

Now that the Ottawa cardigan is finished, I'm after a new project. I always have socks on the go, so they don't count, but I like to have a biggish project going as well - a sweater or lace project, usually.
And since I have an issue coming up that will allow me (potentially) some increased knitting time, I want to have a good one.
The issue is some day surgery coming up on July 13 - I have a growth on my thyroid (non-cancerous, I've had the biopsy), but it's big, and it's pressing a bit on the vocal chords, so they want to remove it. It's day surgery, but general anaesthetic, so the recovery will be about a week or so. There will be some working at home during that time, but I can still knit.
Because general anaesthetic and I have a history of not getting along, I think I will put lace on the back burner, and keep it simple. I was going to do a Featherweight cardigan with some fabulous Fleece Artist, but I severely underestimated my needs, and don't have enough of the wool to make it. So while digging in the stash, I found the Briggs and Little I bought for the Elizabeth Zimmerman Green Sweater.
I have already made this in red (and I LOVE it...) but the cream grabbed my attention. Rounds of stockinette? Easily done and hard to screw up. Once I get through the haze of the anaesthetic, there's enough shaping to keep me interested. Plus, it's a great sweater shape. But then I saw this,
Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier

and well, a quick swipe of the credit card later, and perhaps another dig into the stash, and well, now I can't quite decide. I mean, I love the cream Briggs and Little, and I know the Zimmerman sweater is lovely, but really, look at the Vitamin D sweater! All those lovely eyelets as increases! That wonderful drape in the front! And some lovely green kettle dyed wool that would really work well. (Or a black linen rayon blend, maybe.)
I think I may just take both of them up to the cottage this long weekend, and decide then...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

In case you were asking for opinions about the sweater patterns, while the Vitamin D is unusual and trendy, I think it will go out of fashion quickly, whereas the EZ is a classic. Just saying.
Did you have a chance to talk to your anaesthetist about your issues with general anaesthetic? They have so much choice now, they can mix up a cocktail which might not scramble your neurons. Worth checking out. It made a huge difference to me. Best of luck anyway--Marlyce in Windsor

Lucky Canuck said...

I think you could handle a few eyelets, even if you're feeling murky from those drugs. Full on lace is to be avoided, I agree there, but I think by the time you get to the eyelets for this sweater, your drugs hopefully will be long out of the system. Not a bad choice to have to make!

P.S. Was at the Joe Carter Golf Tournament last night. Gordie Howe and Johnny Bower were there!

Sel and Poivre said...

Oh there's nothing like contemplating a new project is there?

KnitTech said...

I like the first sweater better, but you're able to pull any style. =^.^=

Hope you recover fast and you're needles fly.

Needles said...

Be well Sandra. May you feel much better soon. Happy knitting time.

Brendaknits said...

EZ vs HK? I'd take EZ. I had issues with Heidi's Peasy. Just sayin'. Good luck withe surgery. Hope it goes well.

Anonymous said...

You can always make both! I made the Vitamin D sweater and it was a great pattern. Even though it's a small needle and lots of stst, the pattern was very interesting and it went quickly--and I made the largest size. Happy knitting and quick recovery. I also had the same benign tumor on my thyroid and surgery many years ago. Piece of cake!
Marcy in California

Acorn to Oak said...

Cute sweaters! With how fast you knit, you could make both! Well...maybe not in a week but maybe this summer. ;-) Best wishes for a speedy recovery when you have your surgery. :-)

Knit and Purl Mama said...

So glad to hear it was non-cancerous. I was hoping for some answers as I kept reading. I fell behind on my blog reading. I should be able to stay caught up now ;)