We all have it, right? That bin of leftover sock yarn or skeins of yucky yarn that we can’t get rid of or maybe that old project that’s still on the needles but we KNOW we will never finish because we hate it? I definitely have all of these things, but to me, my knitting clutter was even more than that. It was all the objects in progress that I WANTED to finish, but didn’t knit on because I wanted to cast on something new (a very common occurrence) or maybe I got to a tricky part so I put it down to work on something easy. It felt oppressive even though I don’t really have that many UFO’s (comparatively speaking), but to me, it was just too much. Why cast on another sock for the new month of Sockdown on Sock Knitters Anonymous when I have four still not finished? Why start a new sweater when I have two already in progress? That’s what prompted me to finish up Rosalind (see last post). I then finished another year old project – an original design – Hidden Diamond Cardigan:
What’s hidden about these diamonds? Nothing, but this one -
is on the back, close to the neckline and if you have hair like me, it’ll be covered up most of the time, so it IS hidden!
There are also a few diamonds on the sleeves:
I used Knit Picks Gloss DK and this will eventually be available for purchase, but it’ll be awhile. I’ll let you know! (Modeled shots to come later.)
But, at least I’ve got it off the needles.
I still have the following though:
From left to right:
Whispering Pines Shawl by Anne Hanson – I’m only one the third or fourth chart, out of…a bunch. It’s overwhelming.
Harika Socks by Stephanie van der Linden – I’m on the gusset decreases. Nothing is hard about these, but they’re fair isle so a bit fiddly.
Rhodie Gus Socks by Kirsten Kapur – More about these below.
Popped Socks by Hunter Hammersen – a very old Sock Knitters Anonymous sock. I didn’t finish on time (which means I didn’t finish within two months), so these have been on hold ever since.
Paraphernalia Socks by Taina Anttila – another old SKA sock that didn’t get finished by the deadline. These even lost their needles to a newer sock.
Hallett’s Ledge by Elinor Brown – This is my latest cast on project. I started on November 1st thinking I’d do NanKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month) in November. I made a lot of progress during the first few weeks, then my efforts went south.
What I needed to do was make some decisions about theses projects. After finishing up the two tops, I decided to deal with the socks like this:
1. Frog the Rhodie Gus socks because of the natural puckering occurring. This is due to the way the increases and decreases work together. It’s enough to really annoy me and I love this yarn (Socks That Rock Rare Gems – Fire), so these are history. I’ll think of something to do with the yarn eventually.
2. Keep Harika and Paraphernalia on hold for awhile.
3. Finish Popped as these were the furthest along.
#3 was suggested by my husband who said that if I finish the project that’s the closest to being done, I’d get the feeling of accomplishment sooner. Makes sense to me!
So, I cast on for the second sock. I will work exclusively on these until I finish.
Whew! That was a long post. I put Tiger to sleep.
Tiger says, “I’m not asleep! I’m just resting my eyes.”