Friday, May 16, 2008

Having a bit of a whinge

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted. Other things just seem to get in the way. This is what I was afraid of when I started this blog. I feel guilty if I don’t keep it up to date, but I also I feel guilty if I spend time blogging instead of cleaning the house, cooking nutritious meals, trying to keep up the correspondence with all my friends and family overseas, actually knitting, etc. How come others just seem to be able to do it all and make it seem easy? Ok, finished whining now.

Also impacting on the blog has been the fact that I spent most of April designing and knitting a large shawl, which I am going to submit for publication (hopefully), so it’s not bloggable. I am very pleased with how it’s turned out and it’s torture not being able to brag about it, but anyway…

Now that I’m done with that, projects have just sort of sprouted up like mushrooms after the rain. I am normally a monogamous knitter, I get anxious if I have more than one project on the needles, so I tend to knit one thing until it’s done, then move on to something else. Imagine my surprise then, when I looked yesterday and found that I had not one, not two but 4 projects on the needles! 4?! Here is the photo inventory:

The Neverending Socks
As I have mentioned before, I loathed working with this yarn. That’s why these just seem to have taken FOREVER, but they are finally done! Ok, so I guess they don't quite count as a WIP, but I'm still recovering from them.

Handspun Cropped Short Sleeve Jacket
Based on the Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet by Julia Allen. Adding a bit of length in the body. I’m loving knitting with my first Navajo plied handspun.

Brown Jacket
I’ve been meaning to make the Sunrise Circle Jacket by Kate Gilbert for ages. I’ve just started spinning from my 1.2 kg of brown/grey corridale fleece to swatch for gauge and needle size. I was hoping to spin a 2 ply but I might end up Navajo plying given the success I had with my lovely multi-coloured merino. Here is some 2 ply I spun and washed to swatch, but it has turned out about 2 stitches too much for the required gauge, so it's back to the drawingboard.

Cabled Socks
These are back out of hibernation, about 1/3 of the leg done on the second sock. Managed to sneak them on to the airplane during the trip to Sydney as they are on 2 short circular bamboo needles and nobody seemed to pay any attention to them.

Additional Project, Patons "Shadow Tweed Lace Jacket". Pattern booklet was a birthday gift from husband, and he picked this jacket as the one he'd like me to knit from it.

Mental Note to Self: must start making and stockpiling gifts soon for Christmas trip.

Closet Confession: I’ve been a bad girl…couldn’t resist sale on sock yarn…and some Rowan Summer Tweed…and a knitting bag…and some needles…all 50% off, what’s a girl to do? Photos up as soon as I get a chance…

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