What Knitting Project Will You Fall In Love With?

Is this "The One"? Rosemary's Swing Jacket

It never gets old. One morning every few months, I walk into my cubicle, and there it is, sitting on my desk chair: a brand-shiny new issue of Interweave Knits. This time, it was the Winter 2007 issue, and as usual, my email went unanswered and my other work came to a standstill until I had looked at Every. Single. Page.

As with every time I go through a new issue, I am looking to fall in love. I want to turn the page, and fall hard, fall fast, fall passionately in love with The Sweater. THE Sweater. You know which one I mean: The Sweater that will look adorable on me, The Sweater that I will stay up into the wee hours to finish because I love knitting it so much, The Sweater that leaps off the page, takes me by the hand, leans in reeeeaaaallly close, and whispers in my ear: "Knit me. C'mon, you know you want to knit me…"

(Of course, sometimes it's not a sweater that I fall in love with, sometimes it's Those Socks, or That Bag. You understand.)

This time, this issue, I was lucky enough to fall in love not once, not twice, not even three times…but four. Four beautiful, lovely, perfect projects. I am dizzy with love, and I am crazy to cast on—but which one to do first?

What are your favorite projects?

Wait…wait. I must not be selfish. I must not be rude. I must remember to let others get a word in edgewise about their new-found loves. So, Knitting Daily folks: Tell me which projects you fell in love with. I'll share the results of this poll, plus the names of my new darlings, on Friday…so let me know what you think!

Those of you with more level heads will note the irony of discussing our collections of UnFinished Objects in gory detail over the past few weeks, only to now turn to a new knitting magazine, with the prospect of yet more projects on yet more needles to add to our works in progress.

Open the new Interweave Knits. I dare you not to fall in love.

Annie gets ready for her close-up

Coming Up: The Winter Knits Gallery!

Ever wonder how that beautiful sweater in Knits would look on someone shaped like you are? Just as we did with the Corset Pullover and the 1824 Blouson, a group of us around the Colorado office got together to try on sweaters from the Knits Winter 2007 issue, to show off how the sample sweaters look on folks of different proportions and sizes. We'll have photos and customization tips starting the end of November and running through the beginning of December. Come join the fun!

Your Hints on Losing the Ladders

I never cease to be amazed by the cleverness and resourcefulness of knitters. So many people came up with their own helpful hints about how to avoid ladders: Use 5 dpns instead of 4; tug the yarn tight on the SECOND stitch of the new needle, rather than the first; and more. Read through the comments on Monday's post for a little mini-tutorial on losing the ladders, courtesy of all you brillaint Knitting Daily members. Reader tip that works for me: Keep the ends of the working needles on top of the others. I've done this for years and it really helps. But what is the BEST way to lost the ladders? I shall give the standard Sandi response here: The Best Way is the way that works Best For You. Try several of the tips mentioned until you find your "best way".

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I cannot tell a lie. I am looking for yarn for one of the Winter Knits sweaters, even though I have admitted publicly than I already have 14 UFOs. However, fear not: The Lace Socks are in the Meditation Bin for only a short time; there is one more technical problem which I shall share with y'all once I have meditated upon it for a bit.

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