Okay, it has been a long time since I’ve updated on here. I’d say that I’ve been busy, but that wouldn’t be entirely truthful, lazy would probably be a better word for it. Anyways, so this is the first in a couple part updates on life. This update focuses on my knitting world.
I’ve finally finished the Dax Jacket for Silas, you know, the one that was supposed to be his Christmas present. I think that it turned out pretty well.
I can never get the colors of my knitting projects to come out correctly. The sweater is actually an emerald green and sapphire blue striped. Anyway, Silas seems to like it.
And the sleeves look pretty long on there, and this is after they have been shortened.
They also turned out pretty well.
One of my New Year’s goals for 2010 is to complete a pair of socks per month. The purled ladder socks are January’s and I’ve got February’s on the needles. I considered joining a monthly sock club, where they send you the yarn and pattern each month, but last night I was inspired when reading the Yarn Harlot’s blog. I decided to use my immense stash of sock yarn and patterns to create my own sock of the month club. I dug through my patterns, matched patterns to yarns that I thought would go well with them. I printed out the pdf patterns, and made copies of the book and magazine patters, but them in a plastic bag with the yarn and tossed into a storage box. Now, each month, I’ll reach into the box, draw out a bag at random, and ta-da! My own sock of the month club.
I undertook the project today, and by this afternoon I had 14 different bags with patterns and yarns.
Hours and hours and hours of knitting fun. However, this project made me realize just how much sock yarn I have acquired in my knitting career. These baskets are all sock yarns that have yet to be assigned to a pattern.
I’m going to use the other half of the storage box (which is my childhood toy box) to store similar bags of other project yarns with the patterns. Usually what happens is I see a pattern, get inspired, find yarn for it, and then by the time I’m ready to cast on, I’ve forgotten which pattern I wanted to knit with which yarn. This way, I’ll know, and I’ll also have a better idea of what yarns I have in my stash that are not assigned to projects.
I’ve also cast on for a new sweater. The Owl pullover. It is a pretty plain crewneck pullover, but the yolk has little cables that look like owls. I’m knitting it in Malabrigo yarn, which is so soft and smooshy, I wish I could make a nest out of it.