Yes, I know that’s way too cheerful for many of you but, sick as you may think it, I love Monday mornings. I’m not behind on anything yet, and there’s a fresh new week to embark on. The Husband and my daughter are off to work, and the house is quiet except for the dishwasher running and the occasional bark I hear from the back yard (Tigger barking at dirt again, no doubt). I’m also on my second cup of coffee, which just makes everything better.
Yesterday, I finished the Athos socks and they are actually both the same size (hurray!) and came out really well. I’ll be gifting them this coming weekend, so I’m ahead of schedule for once. The second sock would have been a breeze to knit since I’d already done one, but have you ever had those moments when the fact that you’ve done something before works against you? For instance, because I’d just completed one, I got on a roll and assumed a couple of times that I remembered what came next so I barreled through and several rows later I realized I’d skipped an integral part which lead to much frustration and tinking. Lesson learned. The hard way. That’s just how I roll.
I had no trouble deciding what to cast on next, as I’ve had Aurelia in my queue for quite a while now. There’s something about its simplicity and nautical feel that I am really drawn to. Plus, I already have yarn in my stash – I’m trying really hard to be good and not purchase any new yarn for a while (read: I’m saving up for the fiber festival at the end of the month). I’m using Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo for this project. I know it’s a baby yarn but it’s soft and bamboo is supposed to be good for summer, plus I got a slew of it on sale several months ago at The French Knot. So why knot? Er…not?
I also ordered the buttons for the Hello Baby Cardigans that I knit for the coming twins. Not sure when they’ll come in (the buttons – not the twins), but the cardis are complete except for that finishing touch. I have another baby project lined up for Baby C and will cast on for that probably this week. It was a real boon that I found the perfect buttons for it while shopping for the cardi buttons. I’m a little nervous about the pattern because I may have to make some adjustments. The original pattern calls for it to be knitted flat and seamed. But I’m all about not seaming if I don’t have to. The designer gives a few sparse instructions for doing it in the round, but hasn’t covered all the bases so we’ll see how it goes.
I also still have (dare I say it) a lace project that I cast on a while ago but since I have no deadline, I haven’t worked on it for a while. I’ve completed precisely one row. But it was a very, very, good row…with beads even! Every time I look at the Summer Blooms Shawl, I get happy. I’m determined that mine will look as good as the one in the pattern photo. Well, minus the gorgeous model.
And speaking of happy, after looking through the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Knits last week I’ve added several patterns from it to my queue, including the Regatta Tee by Olga Casey (I must be on a nautical kick). I’ll be casting on for this as soon as I finish Aurelia.
In the midst of all this, I’ve got three skeins of sock yarn just waiting to be made into socks.
I remember when I used to knit one project at a time. Those days are definitely GONE.
And so am I...
What is the largest number of projects you’ve had going at once? What’s on your needles or in your queue?
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