Half the fun of finishing old projects is that you can start new projects without guilt. Not that I have much guilt about knitting; there is enough obsessive-compulsiveness in my work life that I just let it rip when it comes to my “fun” time. I digress; it’s probably that after-work bourbon again.
Anyway, I spend the last few finishing days of a project dreaming about what I will knit next. I do try not to have more than three or four projects going at once. I am a relatively slow knitter anyway, and it makes me too anxious when I am not making any perceived progress on something because I have fifteen different things started. Three seems to be the ideal number for me. I know knitters who freak out if they don’t finish one thing before starting another, and others who have dozens of things going at once, and seem perfectly content with that! I have decided that for me it is perfect to have one “big” project (defined this month as a sweater), and one “little” project (defined as a hat or a scarf/shawl), and a pair of socks for the third project. These definitions may well change by October, so don’t hold me to it.
The “little” project at the moment is the Birch shawl. I plan to do another couple of repeats this week and get a picture for you. It’s starting to look somewhat attractive, even if it is only an inch wide.
The “sock” project is still up in the air. I joined the Six Sox Knitalong some time back, and have yet to start one pair. The first pattern was of course due to be completed last month, but I hate deadlines, so purposely planned to start late. (If you believe that lame dog-ate-my-homework excuse, we need to talk.) The first pattern of the six is a lacy one called Cloverleaf Rib. I decided to make it in some stash yarn.
That color is just so wrong. In reality it is a cloverleaf/kelly green. I could not get it to photograph accurately. The yarn is from Ozyarn, a company from Australia. They don’t seem to have this on their site anymore, but it is a very light fingering weight mohair/wool blend. Their needles are great too, by the way. I started these the other night, but got very frustrated after the first row. Mohairy, almost lace weight yarn on US 0 double points was something I was just not in the mood for at the time. I’ll start these again later this week when I have a bit of time, before I give up on this yarn.
The “big” project is a sweater. I was planning on doing the Eyelet Cardi from Chicknits, and still will, but the yarn I picked just turned into another pattern. I have the Sweater Wizard software and really just needed to use it to make an adult sweater. I’ve done a baby sweater using it, and the software really does generate very easy to use patterns. The web site is here, if you are interested.
The yarn I am using is Sonata cotton in a medium lavender that I got at Elann earlier this summer. It will be a crew neck style cardigan, button up, and very plain with the exception of a lace border at the bottom and at the cuffs. Here is my pattern/gauge swatch:
And with this photo, you can sort of squint and imagine what the sleeve will look like:
I’ve finished the lace border on the back piece and am a couple of inches into the stockinette portion. This should be good mindless knitting except for the borders. This ought to be a great sweater to dress up jeans, or go with a skirt as a more dressy outfit. Yee-ha! I love knitting!