It Feels like I’m Slowing Down
The Belle Greene was a surprisingly long project. It took about a month to knit the body of the shawl, then three times that to work the beaded border. So now I’ve only got two works in progress, and they are both a bit bogged (but more on them later).
I may feel like it’s a slog, but the fact is, I’ve started eleven projects since I cast on the shawl, and I’ve finished eight of them. Two projects a month isn’t really dragging along. When I think about it, I’m actually pretty pleased with myself.
Problems With the WIPs
I think what’s irritating me is is that the two projects I’ve got left have both got their own issues. Well, one has an issue, for the other it’s more like a hiccup.
I’m just about done with the heel of the second picotty sock. I’ve had to frog a bit (not a biggie) and the TOFUtsies yarn just frayed on me (much more annoying). I’m not going to be looking for more of this yarn when the project is done. Even that’s not the issue. The issue is that the pattern calls for a larger crochet hook for the cuff, and I don’t have the right size. I could jump three hook sizes, stick with the one I have, or go out and buy a new one. I’m thinking I’ll try it with what I have on hand first, and if it doesn’t work I can certainly spring for a larger hook, but it’s a bit frustrating, and it does dampen my enthusiasm for the project.
The hiccup is with the Goat Bag. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern I chose, I just realized I’d be playing Yarn Chicken with it, and I’m not in the mood. There’s 100 stitches and 60 rows in the ‘base’ (40% of that is pocket). When I was a third of the way done (about 2000 stitches) I looked at the dent in the yarn ball, and realized it was time for plan B. So I frogged it all back, cast on 60 stitches (provisionally) and started to knit back. If I knit 37 rows I’ll have (more or less) a golden rectangle.
What to Cast On Next
So here I am, two projects, four project bags, one yarn diet. It does seem like such a shame to keep both those bags empty. One empty bag feels like I’ve got potential to start a new project. Two empty bags and I start to feel like I’m lagging behind.
Fortunately, I’ve got some great projects in my Ravelry queue, some challenging and some simple. I’m probably going to start a new ‘no brain’ project fairly soon. Here are some of the things I’m thinking about. There’s a ‘Shawl for the Fall’ group in Ravelry which hosts a shawl knit along every year in August, so I’m going to hold back at least one shawl for that.
This is Swans Island fingering in the Tiger Lilly colorway. I bought this environmentally minded yarn at an online going out of business sale several months back. I’m thinking that this would look gorgeous in Very Busy Monkey’s Tesla shawl.
I knit a Bigger on the Inside shawl before, then lost it. At some point I will definitely replace it, using this yarn from Ashton Studios (which I got at Sheep and Wool last May).
The black has some pretty sparkly fibers in it, and will be awesome for the ‘vortex lace’ section and possibly the ribbed border as well. The blue will be for the TARDIS lace section, although I think I will use the ‘Daleks and TARDIS’ variation.
I have a lot of random fingering weight remnants, and a great pattern called Octopush. It’s a really neat toy.
I’m pretty sure it’s both a ‘mindless’ project and an ‘endless’ project. I know I want to do it some time, and it really looks like I have enough yardage in enough different colors to make it work.
This is another really fun yarn from Bohemia Fibers. It’s their ‘Potluck Zombie Lace’ – a one of a kind variegated colorway which I found while I was looking for the sock yarn bag.
I had definitely remembered this as more of a ‘clown barf’ colorway, but it’s less vibrant than that. It might work for a Citron shawl.
Of course, I do have some truly clown barf yarn – it’s recycled sari silk. Amazingly there’s a pattern called “Artful Infinity Scarf” by Tamara Kelly which could make that work.
I’ve got a lot of beautiful yarn in my stash, but these are the ones I’m pretty sure what to knit with. Shawls and scarves, so that might be a bit of a rut, but with one skein… I’ll let you know when I settle on the next project.
In Other Blogs
I never heard of Mad Man Knitting; until his recent
slashdotting exposure on various mainstream outlets got picked up on Ravelry. I picked up a copy of his patterns on Craftsy, and may buy his novel at some future time. He seems like a good person, he’s had more than his share of bad luck, and who wouldn’t love “The Teddy Bear that Saved Me”?
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I entered a giveaway for a Red Heart Swag Bag sponsored by B Hooked (15 July) and another Mooglyblog giveaway, this time for a Stitchen Stacy crochet hook (27 July)