What goes with a quiet evening at home, watching a silent, peaceful tank of fish, better thank knitting? Nothing. I’ve gotten increasingly excited about the knitting in the past week . . . between friends and co-workers picking up needles for the first time and yarn shopping (including a KnitPicks order that showed up today!) I’m in knitting bliss. The only problem: there are not enough hours in the day for all the knitting I want to do.
Up to now, I’ve thought of myself as a single-project knitter. Sure, dragging the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl all over creation was hardly practical, so I worked my Simple Socks over the summer too, bringing the socks along when an easy, portable, mindless project was called for. The last time my dad visited we talked about the joy of completion — how satisfying it was to finish a project, and how that joy is something we have in common.
If finishing a project is the best, starting a knitting project is the worst part. There’s the picking out and purchasing of the yarn and pattern (fun), the researching for pattern errata and advice from other knitters (a good time-killer on slow days at work), the swatching (not so fun, duh) and the eventual cast-on and set-up (which can be a huge pain, though not always). It just feels very labor-intensive, kind of a drag, and I can usually motivate myself to get started only by thinking about how cool the end-product will feel, all neat and folded up, ends woven in and ready to be gifted.
Suddenly, though, it feels like I’ve got Works-In-Progress everywhere, with no hope of finishing anything anytime soon. Here’s how it started . . .
The Monkeys: Once the simple socks were done, I was all jazzed about getting another set of two-at-once toe-up socks started, so inspired by the internets and especially January One, I cast on for the Monkey socks (yeah, yeah, I’m a follower, what of it . . .) and got as far as the first repeat before things went south. Yeah. The socks are now hibernating, as Ravelry so delicately puts it . . .
Peacock Feathers: Wanting a break from lace, I got a whole bunch of cool sweaters and things together in my mind as “next” projects. But sadly my fingers were faster than my knit-prep, and I soon realized that the only project that I a) wanted to knit and b) had pattern, needles and yarn for, close at hand, was Peacock Feathers. So I cast on. And then, proud of my progress and too lazy to put in a lifeline . . . disaster struck.
Charity squares & dishtowels: Since the whole Monkey thing didn’t pan out, I needed some quick, easy portable knitting. Enter charity squares for work and dishtowels for The Baron’s sister in law, visiting shortly. The charity squares are done, the dishtowels are coming along quickly . . . maybe too quickly . . .
Baby gifts: I am horrifyingly overdue on baby gifts . . . one child is now six months old and still has not gotten any hand-made love. Shocking. Another little girl was born last week, and a boy is expected in February. To say nothing of The Baron’s little nephew, the tasty dumpling who will be visiting with his mom in the next few weeks . . . (ok, he got a blanket, but no booties! The horror!) To rectify this situation, I got a huge shipment of Knitpicks Swish DK (it arrived today – joy!) as well as the Blue Sky Alpacas cotton I picked up over the weekend. Not actual, cast-on WIPs, but still . . . the prep has already begun.
Hourglass Sweater: I got a ton of Mission Falls 1824 Superwash to start this sweater for myself . . . and although I’ve been carrying a ball with me for two weeks now, I have yet to cast on for a swatch.
Tangled Yoke Sweater: What I’ve been itching to do, and the initial impulse behind the Peacock Feathers shawl, is a handknit for my stepmom. Even though we’re both super-verbal people, I feel compelled, driven almost, to express my affection for her in the form of a hand-knit. She signed off on the yarn (Jaggerspun Maine Line in French Blue), she likes the pattern (a simple but elegant cardigan by Eunny Jang from the latest Interweave Knits) , swatches are done, and I’m now just waiting for a final set of measurements so I can (hopefully) cast on for the correct size.
And finally, my very first non-bloggable 🙂
So looking over that list, I guess things aren’t that out of hand. I just have so much I’m aching to knit! Guess I should head home and get started . . .