For all my bad knitting habits (and there are plenty) I’m usually not so reckless about starting more projects than I can reasonably tackle. Things started innocently enough — I wanted to use one of my Fiberista Club yarns (blood orange shawl) then I needed a project for the car ride to Michigan (gray sweater). While in Michigan I picked up some amazing new yarn and wanted to immediately see how it would work up (yellow and pink shawl). Then I needed a small project for our long drive to Cheyenne (brown sock) and picked up some yarn for Alan’s Grammy while we were there (blue shawl). Blatantly ignoring my current WIPs, when a friend pointed me towards a beautiful shawl pattern I couldn’t resist casting on something new (blue/green shawl). If you’re curious about specifics, I’ll run through them:
The blue shawl is Henslowe using a lace weight merino/silk/sparkle blend, dyed in-house by Your Daily Fiber in Fort Collins, Co. Needles are US 3 Knitter’s Pride Karbonz for the garter stitch, US4 for the lace work.
Last, but certainly not least, the orangey-red shawl is Artesian in Love Spun Merino/camel fingering weight, Blood Orange colorway. The needles are US6 Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina.
So, clearly, I have a lot going on right now. Too much. Fear not, though! I have a plan!
My primary focus, one that needs to be finished like… tonight… is this blue Henslowe. I’m knitting this for Alan’s Grammy and he’s hopping on a flight to see her in just a few days. It didn’t start out as such an urgent project, but she’s had some medical concerns recently, so I don’t want to send him away empty handed.
Though you can barely see it in these photos, I cannot properly articulate just how amazing the yellow/pink/teal yarn is. I feel like the yarn and color scheme was made just for me. I’m really enjoying the pattern and adore the yarn, but I think it’s pretty clear that they aren’t a good fit. I’m definitely going to frog this one and save the yarn for the perfect project. I’m seriously thinking about having another go at this pattern using my NBK in Matcha from our recent Fiberista Club box.
I’m pleased with my current progress on the Hermione socks but have stalled on things while I decide if I want to continue with the gusset heel as written, or change things up for a simple short row heel. I barely wear shoes in summer, let alone socks, so these aren’t a huge priority.
Although Westminster is my most recent cast on, it is a bit of a win because I actually frogged another project in order to use this yarn. You may (probably not) remember that I was working on a pattern of my own ages ago. I loved how the pattern was going, but randomly added a wonky set of increases during the final 1/3 of the shawl and totally screwed the entire thing up. That shawl and this yarn have been sitting in a box for many months so I’m pleased to be putting the yarn to such good use now. I was one lace repeat into this shawl before I decided to frog and re-start and I’m so happy that I did. Remember how I always see things going awry but push through and end up regretting it? That’s one bad habit I’m really trying to work on. This second attempt is going perfectly. If I can reeeeeeally push myself, I’m thinking about finishing this up to send with Alan for his sister, but doubt I can mange to finish and block both shawls in less than 3 days.
The orangey-red shawl has been pushed aside for quite awhile, though I’m not certain why. The pattern designer, Romi Hill, hosted a fun Egg Hunt for Easter and I found one of the pattern codes before they were all claimed. I used the code to purchase Artesian and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve started to appreciate the color but it’s definitely still out of my comfort zone. If I self-analyze a bit, I think that I have suspicions that I won’t know how to wear the final shawl, so I’m not prioritizing the project. I normally have the stitches bunched up on a too-short cable, so this is actually the first time I’ve stretched the shawl out and gotten to see how things are coming together. I’m surprised by how great it looks and I’m excited to move things along again. This one is forth in line behind Henslowe, Westminster, and frogging Eyeblink.
Finally, a project that I discussed at length in my recent Yarn Chat, Ivar is my first sweater. After pointing out all the reasons why its so ridiculous for this to be my first sweater, I think I’ve convinced myself that I’m better off starting with a simple top-down raglan sleeve. I’m not unhappy with the work I’ve done so far – quite the opposite, in fact – so I’ll make detailed notes then put this sweater into storage until I have a bit more garment experience under my belt. I have so many question about fit, construction, seaming, shaping, etc. etc. etc. I’m certain that I’m better served starting with something a bit easier while I figure out what works best for my body.
So… it’s a lot, but there’s a plan… If you’re looking for your next project, I’m not unhappy with a single pattern in the bunch. Consider checking one of these out! Let me know what you guys are working on right now, too. I imagine I’ll have finished or frogged 4 of the 6 by the end of the month, so I always need something new on the horizon!