"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


What I Aspire to in Knitting

Day 2 Topic: Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to. Whether it happens to be because the skills needed are ones which you have not yet acquired, or just because it seems like a huge undertaking of time and dedication, most people feel they still have something to aspire to in their craft. If you don’t feel like you have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb, say so! (Tag knitcroblo2)

I'll be first in line to tell you I don't know everything about knitting. There are so many projects that I consider extremely challenging that I would like to accomplish. Just a few of them are listed here.

The Enchanted Forest Cardigan by Donna Karan has been on my list for a very long time. All those gorgeous aran trees going all the way around. How delightful that would be!

A second one on my list is the Pretty as a Peacock lace shawl by Jae Koscierzynski. I want to do it in the color the model on the pattern cover is done in. Stunningly gorgeous. This one would take a lot of hours for me to do. It just looks like a time taker.

There's a vintage 1940's pattern for a double-bed sized intricately cabled afghan done in DK weight yarn that I even have all the yarn for, waiting patiently in storage for me to get to it.  Any one of Alice Starmore's Shetland Wool Fairisle sweaters and one or two of Kaffe Fassets intarsia coat patterns with the dozens of different colors would be right up my ally for a challenge. Just weaving in all those ends puts me off. I think that would take me longer then the actually knitting of the garments.

Then there's Entrelac. It's probably the only technique I haven't had the courage to tackle yet. Me? Afraid of a knitting technique? You bet! I've tried it a couple times and couldn't get it. So I know it's a doozy for me. Some day I'm gonna conquer that one.

Have a great day!


  1. I made the enchanted forest sweater years ago. I loved working on the pattern. I knit it in a deep purple, and really want to rework it. Your post reminded me to go pull it out and put it on (cold here today).

    And that Peacock. What can I say? It is on my list also, and so beautiful!

  2. Linda Jo...you are making me feel
    so mentally challenged! Oh my gosh!
    I will NEVER show you this baby
    afghan...luv u

  3. That shawl is incredible. I share some of the same pattern envy you have expressed.

  4. My into to Entrelac was the Danica scarf on Knitty.com. It was super simple. Give it a go.

  5. I have tried Entrelac & I just can't seem to get it down I am missing something along that way I just need to figure out what is it.