I think part of the reason I do this is that I'm a sucker for the yardage you get out a skein of laceweight. The hank below has a whopping 1531 yards in it. Dats a lotta yarn, dudes. And I can get a cardigan out of that, if you look at Hannah Fettig's designs like Wispy and Featherweight.
Except I knit a Featherweight a couple of years ago, and well... it took FOREVER.
And then there's this skein of BFL lace from At Knit's End (who is no longer dyeing yarn). It's in a gorgeous blend of greys that make me sigh and smile each time I pick it up. 880 yards there. Lacy top: possible.
And, in keeping with the grey theme, I have this of Paternayan Lace, 760 yards of possibilities. I probably couldn't get a top of of it, but a cropped cardi or bolero is a possibility.
It's not helping that there are so many beautiful garment patterns out there made with laceweight yarn. I'm fascinated by Joanne Lew-Goltz's Pianissimo, with it's drapey neck and flowy fabric. I've been daydreaming about making a version with some kind of sleeve on it...
Image from Joanne Lew-Goltz's Ravelry page
I've also been drooling over Melissa Werhle's Chiton Pullover, which I think would be beautiful in a laceweight yarn:
And I've also discovered how beautiful laceweight looks in a cable. Knittingfool.com has a huge library of knit stitches, most of which are knit in lightweight yarns. It's there that I began my obsession with this wide cable:
Which I am trying to incorporate somehow into this kind of shoulder/neck combination that I saw on Indigorchid's blog:
So, what do I have to show for all these daydreams, drawings and clippings? Well... ehm... hmmm....
You could say I'm a dreamer, not a knitter... at least at the moment. I'll get to it sometime, after I finish whatever that is going to be above. I'm not even sure what it's going to be myself, but it'll be something... sometime... Better go knit...