They say it’s Spring, and I can see it, at least from where I’m standing. I spent, practically, all of winter recovering from this cold bug or that one, and knitting when I could. I dove deep into the pile of UFO’s that had accumulated during my Christmas Sock Project, which was a complete success. I knit socks for everyone of my East Coast family members, and hand delivered them. From what I’ve heard, my project was a complete success. But, starting back on things that were not socks after making seven pairs of socks in-a-row was difficult.
In an attempt to reignite my creative spirit, I contacted a friend about a sweater request she had made a year ago. I know, I’m a little behind but I’m trying. Anyhow, after getting some key measurements and letting her pick out the main color, I whizzed straight through the first half and onto the second. Half way through, I stopped. I had been staring at this half-finished blanket I’d abandoned thinking, “I should finish that.” It was stuffed in a project bag with an accompanying tote that carted the remaining yarn required for the rest of the blanket. It was intimidating, and probably more work than I had originally anticipated, which is why I started a new project instead of finishing the blanket. But, my enthusiasm for 11 inches of stockinette ran out somewhere close to my goal. My stamina had been weakened by the two-socks-at-a-time method I’d been using in the previous few months. So, I did what any crafter would do: I dropped the sweater and picked up the blanket. It was a much larger project, and I knew I should have stuck with the sweater, as it was a gift, but that didn’t stop me from doing what I wanted.
The blanket, indeed, was a much more time- and work-intensive project than I had expected but it wasn’t technically difficult. The Kex Blanket by Stephen West was my plaid dream. I had originally chosen some of the yarns I used for a vest, but on the brink of starting, I decided those colors would be put to better use in the blanket. I’m glad I did because it turned out great. I call it the Stolen Blanket Project since I stole half the yarn from a different project. I also managed to finish the sweater since then, and have added a cowl and an MKAL to my 2018 accomplishments.
Though I have two more projects in my UFO pile, I’m not sure what to do with them. One is a vest for my Dad–yes, the very vest from which the yarn was stolen. The weather has warmed up so I am afforded the luxury of pushing the due date to next winter when things cool down again. For some reason, I’m having difficulty getting it done. It’s another Stephen West creation, and it’s beautiful, but my brain isn’t in the right place to repeat moss stitch as much as is required. The other is a sweater for my sister. I started it before I knew she was pregnant and she won’t need it for another two years so I can either finish it and sit on it until then, or I can use the yarn for something else, though I don’t really see her as much of a cardigan person. I may have to rethink everything. Since I have been gifted time on both, I started something new.
My oldest is turning 11 this year and I want to represent my Hogwarts House Colors in time for that occasion. If I can find the right colors for my Husband, I’ll knit him a little something, too. While I wait for that to happen, I will be working on the Thayer Street Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle in Hufflepuff Yellow and Black using doubled up fingering weight yarn to achieve gauge. I went through a lot of trouble to find the right shade of yellow, which is why I’m equating gauge. This can either blow up in my face or be an achievement–only time will tell. But, I have to willingly start another project that needs to be done in the next two or three weeks, in time to be mailed out as a birthday present. I’m trying to build up my stamina with the sweater but the gloves are something I sat on too long. They have to get done first, but that doesn’t mean I have to quit the sweater, entirely. It’s all enough to keep my recently short attention span satisfied.