Monday, August 31, 2009

Top Secret Knitting!

I am officially knitting my Top Secret project. YAY! And true to my predicition, I did not finish any of the previous mentioned projects prior to starting this one. Although, that had more to do with me getting distracted by a potential landscape overhaul than lack of knitting time.

As promised, here are the recent yarn additions that have arrived. They are (in order): 3IG Key Lime on Glenhaven, 3IG Passion Fruit on Glenhaven, 3IG Erin on Kells, Classic Elite Yarns Solstice Calais. Not pictured are my Top secret project yarn and a skein of 3IG Arboreteum on Lindon that has been given to Rowena.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Projects Galore!

I currently have a number of unfinished projects.

First, I have Ben's Naughty/Nice scarf. This is scarf #4 for me of this same pattern and I'm bored to tears with it. I knit the first half, then had to take a break and start something else.

So I started something else. My tiger eye's scarf in orange & black. This is awesome because it will work for SF Giants games, as well games for my alma mater (University of the Pacific). However, lace drives me batty. I'm always missing a yarn over or knitting two together, instead of three. I can really only do one full pattern repeat in a day or I start to get twitchy so I started something else.
I started something else. This time it is a Featherweight cardigan. 700 yards of laceweight yarn, all in stockinette stitch. Ahhh, monotony. Perfect for knitting while watching TV. Although this picture isn't current, the project is almost done. It is THIS close. However, I'm starting to run low on yarn (maybe knitting a project that has a yarn of requirement of 960 yards, when I only have 700 yards wasn't such a good idea?) and the project is starting to require more thought. That being the case, it wasn't the easy, mindless knitting I needed for airplane knitting so I started something else.

I started something else while in flight from Fresno to Dallas (are you starting to see a pattern here?). I started my sister's hat, using hand-dyed and handspun yarn from the Vildish Twist. It's awesome and Vilde is awesome. I knit this happily on the flight to Dallas and on the flight back. It was perfect airplane knitting.

There you have it. I currently have 4 projects on the needles, not to mention that I still need buttons for that baby sweater, so I can call it officially completed. You would think that I have more than enough knitting to keep me happy for a while, finishing up these projects, but no. I have a top secret project with a short deadline. As soon as that yarn arrives, it will become my obsession until it is finished. I am really excited for this project and can't wait to get started. While I (impatiently) await the arrival of yarny goodness, I will no doubt make some progress on the above projects but finishing any of them might be pushing it.

Tune in tomorrow for the most recent additions to my ever-expanding yarn stash.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Preview of Things to Come

In the interest of full disclosure, here is a list (with pictures!) of the yarn that is currently on order and will be arriving at my house in the near future.

First, we have July's Stash Menagerie Club yarn - Glenhaven Worsted in Key Lime (3 Skeins) and Passion Fruit (1 skein)

Next, we have Kells Sport in Erin (2 skeins)

The next ones won't arrive until September, but I have preordered them. They are Finley in Alchemy (2 skeins), Zephyr (1 skein) and Starry Starry night (1 skein).

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Yarn called to me.

I tried to resist starting any new big projects. For the sake of conversation, we'll say a big project is anything except socks and scarves. I have a Special Project (SP)coming up that has a deadline. I'm not sure what I'm knitting yet for this SP, but I know that it will be a sweater of some sort and I'll have 4 weeks to complete it. The yarn is supposed to arrived in mid-August. Knowing that the SP will be my obsession for the weeks it takes me to complete it, I don't want to be burnt out on knitting. So last week, I read a trashy book, knitted the first half a Naughty/Nice Scarf for a friend, and had some friends over.

Yesterday, I couldn't take it anymore. This is my 4th Naughty/Nice Scarf and I'm so tired of this pattern. So I cast on another project: Tiger Scarf. It's a lacy scarf and lace takes quite a bit of concerntation. This will be an ongoing project. I was happily knitting when something called to me.

It was my skein of Dream in Color Baby in Beach Fog. It has long been destined to be a Featherweight Cardigan. The yarn was no longer content to be stashed, so I thought I would wind it into a cake. That would surely appease Beach Fog, right? I also made the gesture of purchasing the required pattern and writing down the required modifcations, but I don't think it's enough. I know that when I get home tonight, the Beach Fog will be calling to me to start my Featherweight Cardigan.

What's a girl to do? I can't resist the call of the yarn.