I've been getting such great encouragement on all my crazed OCD/ADD knitting - was blown away when I checked NMjewel's wonderful blog Yarn and Ivories yesterday and saw she was sending people over to my humble little blog to check out my projects. Thanks!!!
But I really don't want people to think I necessarily LIKE keeping up this pace of having ten or more projects going on at once. Whew! A girl gets tired! This is my strict self-discipline at work here. During March and April, I cast on an absolutely stupid number of projects...and I'm not allowing myself to start any NEW projects (other than holiday knitting or projects I can complete in a day or two) until I've finished all these old projects. It's killing me...it really is. You can't imagine the cool projects I have waiting in the wings. But it's really firing my determination to get caught up - and YOUR support helps, too! So thanks, readers!!
I'm making steady progress on all my projects and am really thrilled to say that, other than the Ten-Stitch Blanket (which is hibernating till cooler weather), I only have three small projects to retrieve from hibernation and finish from my raging case of Spring Startitis! This means I can start working on NEW projects very soon! Just the other day, I finished a big project and woke up another from it's four-month nap. Progress...
I don't have new pics of all my projects this week since some of them really don't look markedly different this week. I'll start with them...
Project: Mystery Blue Holiday Thang
I worked on this project both Saturday and Sunday at knitting groups. I can do this pattern stitch in my sleep, so it's just perfect for knitting while engaged in lively conversation.
Project: Citron Shawl
This is starting to turn into a long slog. The ruching for this one ended up being 444 stitches long...ouch! But I love the way this project looks and feels with the Mini Mochi. I've started the last ball, and my goal is to use up the ball. It might not turn out as large as I anticipated, so I might really be farther along than I think - which would be a very, VERY good thing!
Project: Evenstar Shawl
YAY! I'm at the halfway point of this puppy! At this point, I'll be done in...oh, about six more months... Oy. I truly wish I could sit down and really hammer out a big patch of this edging, but two patten repeats (40 rows) takes about 90 minutes, and though it's easy and fun, I'm twitching to do something, ANYTHING else (even scrub floors!) at the end of that time.
Project: Merope Shawl
I'm still not certain about my choice of yarn for this project, but I ran it by some of my knitting group friends, and they all seem to like it so... I love how clearly this pattern is written.
Now for the Project eye candy...
Yarn: City Tweed DK
Purchased at: Knit Picks
Date Started: 4/15/10
Just brought this one out of hibernation last week. I have six balls of Tabby, and will make the shawl large enough to use all six. So far, I love knitting this simple pattern, and I love how soft the yarn feels. This is going to be one very soft, drapey, perfect little shawl.
ine and Ivy Shawl
Even though I've only knit seven more rows on this project this week (each row takes about 15 minutes, a significant chunk o'time!), there is something very significant going on here that I'm really excited to share. Look - you can see the taper of the shawl beginning!!! My quick & dirty calculation is that I've decreased about 60 stitches so far, and every stitch less on this baby is a cause for celebration!
Olive Entrelac Neckwarmer
This is a fun little thing I'm just messing around with, seeing where it goes. I might even be starting to develop some fondness for this yarn which originally just looked too "camo" to be wearable.
Project: Cradle Me Blanket
I decided to push aside my guilt at knitting an Anne Hanson pattern in an inexpensive acrylic yarn and see where this goes. I'd read some reviews that said this yarn (Bernat Softee Baby) is very splitty and hard to work with, so that was an added cause for hesitation. However, 11 rows into the pattern, with plenty of split-inducing K2togs and ssks, I have not had a single split. This yarn is knitting up like a dream, and I'm enjoying the pattern a lot. I'm sure Raechel will also love the fact that she'll be able to machine wash and dry this blanket, though I admit I feel a pang of sadness that I won't be able to block it out like I would a nice wool.
Ten Stitch Twist Rug
My assistant, Wilbur, decided to help me showcase my progress on this rug. I have about 1 1/2 rounds to go as you can see from the fluffy white rug underneath (which is the "temporary rug").
On Friday, I'll have TWO FOs to share! In the meantime, keep yer