Suddenly, everything is craziness. It's finals week, I have to write a paper in two days, the yarn for Francie is not cooperating, my gauge for Ink was perfect for row gauge but way, way too tight for column gauge so I had to rip it out and reknit it in a larger size if I ever wanted to actually wear it...
Oh, and it's snowing outside. Again. Yes, on the first of May.
So instead of dwelling on the mess of what's going on right now, I've begun to dream about what elaborate striking things I want to knit when I have the time and leisure. Things that I know are within my capabilities, but maybe just within them, projects that I'd have to dedicate big chunks of time and concentrate on. Finished pieces that are iconic and amazing. More Nouveau Beaded Capelets, essentially.
Here are some of the things that are sitting on this list (pictures link to pattern pages on Ravelry):
Girasole by Jared Flood
I have to admit, I don't really know what to do with circular shawls. How do you wear one? But it doesn't really matter. I want to have knitted this, even if it's only destined to be draped over a sofa afterwards.
Old Forge by Stephen West
The fact that this is listed as a blanket and not a shawl does much to reconcile me to knitting a Large Circular Thing. In the midst of so many delicate airy lacy things, this pattern speaks surprisingly strongly to my hearty Norse/Dwarven/metalworking/runic soft spot.
Raven-shawl by Gari Lynn
Speaking of Norse, here's another thing I don't usually go for - a shawl knitted up in worsted weight. Named after the two raven companions of Odin, this shawl won me over by its construction that actually looks like feathered wings.