Too Many Projects, Too Little Focus

I feel like I just posted, but I do have new knitting I haven’t talked about yet. Part of me feels like I should wait until after this weekend. I might have some finished objects to share and not just lots of in progress ones. We are headed to the Upper Peninsula for MI for the Labor Day weekend which mean a lot of travel time in the car and a lot of uninterrupted knitting time for me.

I have cast on all sorts of things recently. Sometimes when I start new knitting after finishing up knitting that is a gift for someone or has a specific deadline attached to it I have trouble committing to one project. It is like I have too much free time to just knit whatever and it all goes to my head. I wish I thought that imposing a deadline on myself would work. Unfortunately the procrastinator in me would still know that I was unbounded and my knitting would run wild.

The Ramona Racerback Tank by Katherine Vaughn seemed like a great thing to knit because I enjoyed the other tank top I knit for Minnie this summer. I have not been enjoying this pattern as much though. I did knit pretty seriously on it for a week or so and then got annoyed because it is knit flat (in pieces) and not in the round. I really hate knitting things that need to be seamed. So, as much as I was liking the idea of the finished piece I was not really giving this a lot of my time. I also realized that it was not that smart to be knitting a tank in mid August that I would probably not finish before school started again and that I couldn’t guarantee would fit her anymore next summer. (If I was being totally honest with myself I would tell you that this is probably destined to be frogged very soon.)

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Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is one of those patterns that I’ve had in my queue forever. It is such a cute little pattern and who couldn’t use some sweet little socks/slippers? I knit the whole first slipper and even cast on the second one but I haven’t made it real far on the second. Normally I would plead second sock syndrome…but these knit up so quick that it really can’t be that. It is more likely because of the seaming (again.) There is minimal seaming on this item and while I succeeded in seaming up the first one I’m not sure it is a very flawless job. I should just finish these…I know I would wear them!

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The Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland is the perfect pattern to finally use the Yowza! skein of yarn I bought from Miss Babs for the Brickless shawl that I decided I wasn’t really that into. I have tried out this yarn on multiple shawls/cowls and not found the right thing…until now. I love the texture that this pattern produces! I am looking forward to wearing this when the weather gets cold again. It is just not that exciting to knit. And I have to pay more attention than I want to during the slip one, purl one row. I pull this out and work on a row or two here and there…it will get done, but it is not one of my all-consuming sorts of projects. I have also picked out a hat pattern that I want to knit out of the same yarn. Maybe I will even have enough yarn to make some mittens! (A Yowza! skein from Miss Babs is 560 yards!)

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The Zigzagular Socks by Susie White was cast on because the Honey Cowl was a little slow to knit. This is the project I’m making the most progress on right now. It is also the project that I carry around in my purse incase I have a few spare minutes (like that ever happens anymore) to just knit. This pattern is advertised as the perfect pattern to use your wildly variegated yarns with. I love how great the yarn on the printed pattern sheet looks knit up as this pattern, the zigzag really pops. My yarn isn’t quite as stunning…but I do like it. I have been thinking about possibly making these pedicure socks (no toes.) For some reason I have been wanting a pair of socks like that. Probably mostly so I can wear socks and flip-flops at the same time! We’ll see though. This has been weighing on mind as flip-flop season is probably quickly coming to a close. Flip-flops are probably my favorite kind of shoes.

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I also keep looking back at other works in progress that I should hurry up and finish. If I ever become a knitter who can fully dedicate herself to one project at a time it will be a miracle!

I hope I can narrow it down to a project or two (or three) for the trip to MI. And I hope that I have some finished objects to report next time I post!

Happy Knitting!

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I Survived My Christmas Knitting

Happy belated Holidays! I don’t know about everyone else, but as much as I love Christmas, I always breathe a sigh of relief when it is all over. Mostly because I can be done knitting and knitting on gifts for others. I am wise enough to know that I don’t have the time or ability to knit gifts for everyone on my gift list, as much as I would like to. This year I knit gifts for 1 niece and 1 nephew (out of 9 total nieces & nephews), 4 teachers, my Mom, my Mother in Law and 1 item for the gift game we play with my husband’s family. I choose fairly simple knitted gifts because I know how much knitting this is. I knit 6 pairs of Simple Garter Stitch Slippers (which another of my friends on Ravelry put on their favorites list), 3 dish cloths, 1 hat, 1 cowl and 1 shawl.

The slippers were very easy, but I was pretty bored of knitting them by the 5th and 6th pair. They were a great project though because I could use left over yarn in my stash. I didn’t buy new yarn for most of these.

The dish cloths are my standard and not worth mentioning, but here is a picture of them. I always pair them with a nice bottle of hand soap for the teacher getting them.

Our kids draw names with their cousins in my husband’s family. There are just too many kids for us to buy gifts for all of them. For my niece I knit a hat. I found a cute pattern (Hat In Bloom by Lisa Gentry) and loved how the hat worked up. The pattern picture also featured a cute crochet flower. I thought, “Sure, how hard could it be?” Well, as it turns out…extremely! I cannot crochet to save my life (or my Christmas gift.) I decided I would knit a flower. The pattern I chose had you knit up all the petals separately. I knit 3 of 6 and then realized that this flower was going to be stupidly large for this hat. In the end I use 2 petals and did some beading. I think it turned out well and my niece seems to like it. At Thanksgiving my sister-in-law  and I were knitting and my nephew kept coming over and seeing how our knitting was going. Eventually he told me he would like me to knit him a black and red scarf with skulls. Imagine my delight when my son drew his name in the drawing! I LOVE how this project turned out and I think he was pleased as well. It wasn’t a scarf, but close enough. I used a hat pattern with the exact pattern I wanted for the cowl. (Skull Hat by Gina Davidson.) On a side note, every time I do a fair isle project I wonder why I don’t do more of them. They are SO satisfying to me.

Finally, everyone who has read my blog knows about this shawl already. The Saroyan! I finished and decided to give it to my Mom for Christmas. It turned out so pretty. I hope she will wear it! I want to knit another for myself in a neutral/solid color. Like Gray. I had hoped to finish this in the fall and photograph it with the pretty leaves, but the photos of it with the snow are lovely too.

It only took me a matter of hours to dive right back into my own knitting projects that were put on hold for the last month or so while I was a Christmas knitting whirlwind! I finished the After Thought Heel Socks that I have been kind of loathing. I will probably not knit this pattern again. I need some excitement in my knitting. But, the finished product is nice and I will wear these socks!

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I have been fantasizing about what to knit next and dreaming of all the new things I could start up…but I should be good and continue finishing things that got set aside previously.

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Happy Holidays and Happy Knitting!