I swear this summer has been not very summer like here in Appalachia. That cool edge to the air that usually indicates Fall just around the corner has been around since August. But alas, tomorrow is the last day of summer. It is also our fifth anniversary.


Photo by Meg Reilley

Five years ago tomorrow I said good bye to a super long single girl life and said yes to the rest of my life with my best friend. What a long strange trip it has been, but I would not change a thing. To celebrate we are doing not much more than hanging out at home and maybe dinner out somewhere that will not be over-run with tourist.

So, today I am dusting off the Friday Five. The beginning of fall usually has me turning to my big knitting projects again. While I do spend an obscene amount of time knitting samples and tests with my yarn, I do have a Ravelry queue filled with meaty, complex larger projects that I crave when a full 3 seasons of knitting time lies before me. Here are my favorite Five big-ass projects from my queue.


1. The #11 Wrap Front Pullover. Don’t you just love that sexy name (<–sarcasm alert). I only say that because it in no way describes the absolute beauty of this hoodie. I fell in love at first sight years ago when I saw this project in Vogue Knitting. I finally found the perfect yarn at my LYS a few years ago and have actually finished the back panel. I have high hopes of one day finishing this thing before it goes completely out of style.



via Francoise

2. Dale of Norway’s 7901 Polar Bear. I covet this pattern hard. It is long out of print and hard to find for under $75.00. Well, I could get a kit for about $200, but I am not sure I want to use the Dale of Norway yarn. And chances are I would mess with the design just a bit (collar, maybe length). So, this is on the some day list…as in I get lucky finding the pattern for cheaper.




via Acornbud 

3. The Portland Sweater. I have actually worked about 7 inches of the body in the round…that I need to rip out {{wimper}}. The gauge is right, but knit too loose for cables. I have big plans to actually make two of these. One with commercially spun yarn and one made from a tri-color finn fleece that I have been hoarding for this very sweater.


via Mårten Ivert

via Mårten Ivert

4. The Acorn Sweater. This sweater begs to be knit in an agora blend. And maybe even made with a complimentary short sleeve sweater to turn it into a classic sweater set…to be worn with pearls…to the library…so not me, but I love love love it for some reason. I do have the angora blend yarn in a dove grey ready to go.


via Doodle

via Doodle

5. Sant’Angelo. ::::Drool:::: I envision this sweater made with my S. American monochromatic sock yarn in something outrageous and Frida Kahlo-esc color combo.


Yep, a wide open weekend full of possibility.