I’ve been on a huge finishing kick lately, polishing off projects I’ve had on the needles for a while, sometimes years. Once a project gets stalled, I find it can sit for years when all it really needs is a concentrated burst of effort to get it done. In the past week or so, I finished my Cognoscenti shawl for Looped, finished a moss stitch pullover that’s been on the needles for two years, nearly finished my Holden shawl, and started working on a fair isle cardigan that I started in 2011 and have worked on very little since. Over the past few days, I finished the first sleeve of the cardigan, which had been two-thirds done for a long time. Fortunately, my stranding technique had improved a lot over the past two years–unfortunately that means my gauge changed a whole stitch per inch somewhere in the middle of that sleeve. I went up a needle size and I think I’m back on track to have the sweater turn out the size it is supposed to, but the sleeve is a little wonky. I’m going to knit the second one and compare before I decide whether the first one had to be redone.
May 6: Making progress on the Holden Shawl, knit in Crazy Zauberball. Great mindless knitting, which I seem to need a lot of these days.
May 7: Boy did it feel good to finish this pullover, started in early 2011. It’s not knit with my own yarn…because I barely even dyed yarn in January 2011! It only took about three days, a couple hours each night. Why did I not do that in 2011? I’m lucky the recipient still wants it.
May 8: I was feeling so self-congratulatory about finishing the sweater than I bought myself new yarn. It’s Quince and Co Sparrow, a 100% linen fingering weight yarn that has a really interesting feel and shine. I’ve been eyeing this at Looped for weeks and talking myself out of it, because I have so much yarn. The colors are Vibernum and Truffle. I’m going to try making Different Lines with it and see how it works out.
May 9: Trying to snatch some moments outside before the summer heat arrives.
May 10: The fountains in the park are back on, and not green with algae yet. My own little fake waterfall.
May 11: Tea and fair isle. This is my other sweater I started in 2011 and have sorely neglected. But this one has a long way to go.
May 12: At the National Harbor, enjoying the nice weather and, can you believe it, not knitting…