Go-to projects

I’m sure most crafters have them. A go-to project or pattern that is almost like comfort crafting. What is yours? Is it a vanilla sock pattern, or a hat, or maybe a shawl or scarf? Or maybe your default crafting is to crochet amigurumi?

I tend to binge on one sort of project until I’ve really had enough, and then I’ll move onto the next sort. This year, I’ve made lots of pairs of socks.

Blueberry Waffle Socks in Cuddly Owl Sock, colourway “Pollock’s”
Vanilla Socks with a slip stitch heel flap
Skew socks, pattern on knitty.com. Yarn is Turquoise Obsidian on OAY Cuddly Owl Sock
Pay Day Socks, pattern by Leah Oakley , handspun yarn.

And they’re still coming! I’ve got three pairs on the needles at the moment. I have one sock done of a pair of Butterblümchen socks (pattern by Christa Hartmann and it’s free on Ravelry), one and a bit of Fork in the Road socks by Lana Neel (also free on Ravelry) and one and seven eighths of a pair of Froot Loop socks (by Kristi Gelaci and guess what, the pattern is free on Ravelry, and also on knitty.com).

I feel the end of my sock phase approaching. But what will be next? Knitted toys?

Bugle the baby elephant – pattern by Susan Claudino, yarn by me!
Three Bonbon Bunnies for my daughter and two nieces – again, the pattern is by Susan Claudino

Or jumpers? Hmm. I’m thinking it might be shawl time. I’m feeling the call of the shawl!!

I’ve not knitted any for a while, but I think it’s time I brushed up my shawl skills as I’ve got a couple of design ideas blowing about in my head.

Butterfly Vines shawl – my own design
Pattern is Multnomah and I knitted this as a gift a couple of years back. I dyed the yarn.
My own design – Bonus Shawl – and my own yarn!
Haruni – a gorgeous pattern by Emily Ross. My own yarn.

At Yarningham I bought some lovely yarn from Little Boo Yarns. Two complimenting colourways on a sparkle base. I’m thinking that they will become a Duchess of Devonshire shawl. But first I’ve got to finish all those pesky socks!

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