Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winter, you are confusing me

I don't know whether to bundle up or open up! We have 20 degree days alternating with 50 degree days. I suppose I should be happy for the easy ones, but it is confusing. sigh.

I an knitting so many projects that I love right now that I am having a hard time making a decision as to what to knit each time I sit down. That's a good thing. I never feel as if I have to "make" myself knit on something to finish it. Actually, I'd like to skip work for a few days and really get into fiber.

I cast on my Swirl sweater. It's a pretty purple color with light grey trim. I really like it a lot. I am on the 3rd welt (it's worked from the outside towards the inside) but had to stop over the weekend. I cut my thumb up near the fingernail and purling hurt. a lot. So, since the next 5 rounds of about 500 stitches each were to be purl, I put that on hold. My finger is better now so I hope to get back to that soon. I don't have any pictures, yet.

I am still working on Bob's sweater. The pattern is interesting enough that it's not tiring to knit.

I put the Jeweled Cowl on hold because of the other projects I am working on, but last night I did a bit of that again. I love that cowl. I love beads on my knitting projects.

Carol gave me an interesting gift this year. She bought the pattern and yarn for a project (a pair of gloves) and we will spend time knitting (at least some of it) together. We swatched and knit the cuff this past weekend and will start our fist KAL session today. Fun. The yarn is two colorways of a Noro yarn that will make it look sort of like Fair Isle. Here are my colors - pretty, aren't they? The cuff is finished now and the patterned hand knitting has started, but just barely.

I plan to start knitting Topiary this week. Elizabeth asked me if I was interested in one of the KALs at our LYS and this was one of the ones I liked. I think it will be a cozy but elegant wrap. I haven't chosen the yarn yet. She hasn't made a choice yet, either.

The mawata mittens are on hold because of the cut on my finger and they will stay that way for a bit longer. The silk fibers will get caught in the bandaid or the cut and neither prospect sounds appealing to me.  Same thing goes for the mawata scarf I was doing as practice for the mittens. It will get finished but not yet.

I still have 2 socks on the needles but they aren't going anywhere ....

Spinning - I want to do more spinning and I've been better at grabbing 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there. the end result is more spinning time and that's good. I am working on some Finn now that was a shipment from Spunky Eclectic's fiber club from several years ago. Blues, greens, some rose and white. I hope it will make a nice cowl since it feels so soft. I may ply it with something, but I have to see what more of it looks like spun up first. Next I'll get back to my grafton batt and finish that, then we'll see.

The weather has really caused a problem with my breathing recently, so my goal of walking almost every day isn't being met. I do plan to start again as soon as my breathing allows. That's the thing about goals - you can always get back to trying to meet them. ; )

I have been clearing out clutter in the house - old records and negatives from when DH and I ran a photography business. It's amazing how good I feel when I've cleared out a corner or few shelves. I'll be working on old magazines next. it will be hard to toss some of the crafty ones - you never know, right? But I am going to narrow it down to 3 or 4 magazines and keep those issues, get rid of the rest.  

I have to get out to the local Joann  store and buy buttons. I knitted a baby sweater for a friend and it's all done, way ahead of time, except for the buttons. This selection has to be fast - the shower is on Thursday! 

Have a great day. 

1 comment:

EGunn said...

I had to laugh out loud at the title of this post. It's confusing me, too. I have no idea what to plan for at the beginning of a day.

You do have a lot going! I'm having a hard time choosing between projects on the needles, too, but I don't have nearly as many things going at once. You must be an expert juggler!

You don't happen to have any lighting equipment in that photography setup, do you? We could really use some good lights to get better fiber photos...