Forecast for Knitting

Thanks, all, for the iPod advice! My leaning is toward the Nano because of its flash memory and the sexxy factor, plus it appears to be functionally durable (nevermind the scratch factor... as David said, "It scratches when you look at it scathingly," as I often do with my technology). But I'm holding off till the next big Apple announcement to see whether there's a second generation or price drop forthcoming. (a side note - it seems Amazon has dropped their price by $20 on the 2GB and 4GB Nano in a promotion that ends 2/27... do they know something we don't about the Apple announcement I'm toldis forthcoming on 2/28?)

It has now been four days since I've had something on the needles. Four days! Sad as it seems, I can't think of the last time I didn't have a project going. True, I'm busy. True, I need to write my A-paper in order to graduate. There are things to be done. But at the very least I need a project for the train!

So today I turned to my "Inspiration / Future Projects" photoset for, er, inspiration...

Some old things were edited out, some things I've completed or that have ceased to inspire are gone too. I stumbled across some new things and added them. For instance, in browsing the new Flickr Group Stefanie Japel has created for "Glampyre Reader Knits," I saw two examples of her pattern "Forecast" that made me see the sweater in a new way. I've always liked the pattern, but would never have made it for fear that those huge bobbles and the proportions of the thing would enhance my natural "stockiness" and "shortness" rather than my natural "petiteness," if you know what I mean. But since seeing Pinku's and Winnie's, I have been emboldened to consider giving it a go (can you be "emboldened" to just consider something? well i was.). They've lengthened the ribbing at the sleeves, changed the body proportions a bit, and reduced the size of or eliminated the bobbles. I'm thinking, just to be different, of doing it in emerald green - possibly this one from Beaverslide or this one from Elann. Kim has alerted me to Forecast Knitalong, so if Forecast comes to fruition you betcha I'll be joining up.

UPDATE: Realizing I had a PayPal balance to spend, I already bought the green Beaverslide. Faster than a speeding bullet.

green beaverslide

Yay Beaverslide! That's pretty fun to say... Beaverslide Beaverslide! Ha!

Speaking of Beaverslide, I ordered a couple of color cards from there. Their natural colors are lovely! I'll likely order the natural grey fisherman weight for the self-designed, shawl-collared aran, too-many-modifiers sweater for Chris that may eventually get made.

To come... my first Japanese craft book! A gift from our friends Mike and Kyoko, who just moved from Japan to Korea. There's knitting and crochet, including hyper-cute captions like "Three chicken brothers of vigorous curiosity" and "Wan is knowledgeable." (Wan is a hedgehog with glasses, btw).

Posted by jess at February 24, 2006 9:00 PM

Beaverslide is such lovely stuff! You can't go wrong.

Posted by: Beth S. at February 24, 2006 10:18 PM

Thanks for the links -- they really did make me see that sweater in a new way. It's really detailed and fun, and I hope you give it a go.

Posted by: Michelle at February 24, 2006 10:41 PM

Forecast is beautiful. You must knit it. Just because I want to see it in that green. :)

Posted by: stephanie at February 24, 2006 11:10 PM

Knit Forecast! Knit Forecast!

(I didn't start the KAL, though. Christina did. :)

Posted by: Kim at February 25, 2006 12:12 AM

Oh, that's a lovely, lovely green - I think Forecast will look great in that shade. But, um, yeah - lose the bobbles...

Posted by: Chris at February 25, 2006 12:43 AM

I've heard the second gen nano will be worth waiting for (from my partner, who's a techno geek).
Love some of your future project selections!

Posted by: di at February 25, 2006 2:15 AM

The Japanese crafting loveliness sounds fun. Are there English translataions?

Posted by: knitannie at February 25, 2006 3:12 AM

That is some inspiration. At some stage I should set up a set like that in my flickr... but for now I will stick to my tasks and wait to see if you can make Forecast work for us Petites :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at February 25, 2006 6:26 AM

i really like forecast. i think that it would be a really good knit for you without the bobbles like kat's. that green yarn is a lovely color! so bright.

Posted by: gleek at February 25, 2006 11:43 AM

funny how one person's mods can completely change how you look at something. i recently went from meh on forecast to completely enchanted with kat's version too.

Posted by: heather at February 25, 2006 1:15 PM

I am not surprised - we have several of the same knits planned! I love the Forecast, Saun's pattern, the yoked Fair Isle, and those awesome socks... can't wait to see yours knit up!

Posted by: Lolly at February 25, 2006 1:50 PM

Winnie's version of Forecast caught my eye too. Thanks for linking to Pinku's because it's more inspiration!

Posted by: Gina at February 25, 2006 5:42 PM

I love that name, Beaverslide. HA! I'm going to look into it...thanks for the mention. That is one lovely shade of green you picked out, there.

Posted by: Julia at February 25, 2006 8:48 PM

will NOT make 10 year old's joke about a yarn company's name... will NOT! see? i'm growing up!

Posted by: heatherfeather at February 25, 2006 9:32 PM

i had no intention of knitting forecast until i saw winnie's and pinku's and now.......oh my how cute is it!

i have the beaveslide shade cards here beside me and have been lusting after those colours forever now. perfect choice! i can't wait to see it knitted up.

Posted by: jacqueline at February 26, 2006 4:31 AM

Hello--I'm a fairly new visitor to your site. [Introductions completed.] Just wanted to let you know that Apple just came out with a 1GB Nano which is slightly cheaper than the 2GB; they're just hiding it while they try to sell off their similarly priced but less desirable Shuffles, but if you ask someone at their stores, they will reluctantly bring it out. (Can you tell I dislike Apple? And yet I have 2 iPods.) May not be enough memory for you anyway, but just so you have all the info....

Posted by: Angela at February 26, 2006 7:59 AM


You're going to wear something called Beaverslide! Brave girl.

JK. I can't wait to see Forcast on you! I'll be smashing!

Posted by: Aimee at February 26, 2006 2:41 PM

I really love those felted embroidered coin purse. Where is the pattern from?

Posted by: Kristi at February 26, 2006 4:30 PM

If you ever want to check out something besides an iPod give Creative's mp3 players a look over. I've got a Creative Sleek and boy is it sturdy.

Posted by: Casey at February 27, 2006 8:29 AM

When you think about it, wouldn't you most of all like to knit Eunny's Deep V Argyle Vest? ;-) Come join our knitalong at!

Posted by: Linster at February 27, 2006 3:02 PM

I like Forecast much better with the longer ribbing on the arms and without the bobbles. The green is gorgeous - I can't wait to see it. Will you let me know what you think of their fishermens weight? I'm thinking of trying it for Rogue, but wonder if it will work. I may just have to order a sample card.

Posted by: Stephanie at February 27, 2006 4:27 PM

I absolutely LOVE the green you chose. I would have knit another colour but I had that Rowan Cork sitting in my stash. AHA, you have scored a copy of Knit Marche - it's a brand new knitting mag here in Japan by Nihon Vogue. I was a little disappointed to see it is more about knitted accessories rather than clothes though. And if you look carefully in the back you'll see a picture of ME!! It was for an article for the Tokyo SNB!

Posted by: kat at February 28, 2006 12:10 AM
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