Are we there yet?

Over the weekend, I had tea with a knitting chum. She’s expecting her second little girl so I had a little something for both of them. Too bad I didn’t remember to take my camera to get a photo of the lovely little boy cardigan she was knitting.

I did remember to bring along my Citron Grande in Malabrigo Lace color Pale Butter. I’m working on the last purl row of the border. It takes forever to purl 1020 stitches. I keep holding up my project to see if I’m almost done. I’m not. I purl a bit more, hold it up and keep repeating the process until those little stitch markers are in sight. Right now I’m about half way through the row. I’m not sure I’m ever going to get to the end of the row.

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I’ve also made progress on my 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. You can just see the start of Mares. One four row repeat done, six more to go until something new happens.

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Last time I posted, I had 34 little teeth on my Holiday Hitchhiker. Now, I have 37! I wanted to get a photo, but the kitties were having none of it. Instead, they’ve all been hunting little bugs. This is Gracie hunting the bug just off camera.

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Lastly, Mr. Mouse passed away during the night. He was only with us for a short time. He had a moment of carefree motoring in the hubby’s convertible before continuing the next step on his journey.

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I had a knitting update 95% ready to post when I received a phone call from my hubby. He had a hitchhiker on his way to work. A mouse was currently scurrying around the inside of his car. Hubby was safely pulled off to the side of the road trying to coax the little guy out, but of course it was raining so why would he want to leave? Little mousy even tried to look out the window a few times to see the view.

Thinking it might be a bad idea to drive on the freeway with a mouse roaming in your car, Hubby decided to work from home. This little guy has been sitting in the car all day, barely moving.

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Currently the car is open to encourage him to find a new home, but it doesn’t seem to be working. We think it’s either pregnant or dying. Can we really put a dying animal outside to be eaten by the local wildlife?

Stayed tuned for updates on Mr. Mouse.

Eeny meeny miney moe!

How to choose my first eight projects for May? The free spirited process knitter says, “let’s see what inspires you in May.” The realistic part of me knows that’s probably not a good approach if I want to stay on target. It’s my free spirited side that is responsible for the 75 orphans.

It’s probably best if I do some type of combination. A few that I plan to finish each month, a few that inspire me and a few that are quick finishes. To that extent, many of the projects will require quite a bit of knitting time. I’m doing a little pre-May knitting on a few projects.

I decided to start my Christmas gift knitting early this year. This is my Holiday Hitchhiker in Malabrigo sock. The color is Tizano Red. I’m trying to knit one tooth a day. It’s a great mindless knit when you don’t have much brainpower to focus on a complex pattern, but it’s also well mindless. Staying focused on this one will be a challenge. Here’s a photo with 34 little teeth.

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Much more exciting is my Oceans of Malabrigo in Malabrigo finito. I’m using Pearl Ten, Paloma and Mares to make a 3 Color Cashmere Shawl by Joji Locatelli. The stripes keep it interesting. First there were big bands of stripes and then little stripes and soon I’ll add the third color.

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I’m still sort of crushing on this project. Finito is like knitting with clouds or kitten fluff. I’m excited to see how it looks with Mares. Stay tuned…

 

Orphan WIP Rescue

Life is about the journey. Finding yourself in unexpected places, taking the path not traveled and enjoying life’s great adventure.

My knitting reflects this. I’m a process knitter. I knit because I love to knit. I get a thrill when I find the perfect pattern for that special skein of yarn. Casting on new projects is like discovering a new crush. Could this be my one true love? I want to spend every waking moment with my new project until I find the next new project that sweeps me off my feet. Repeat this process for the last decade or so. Associating monogamy with my knitting projects seems sort of dirty and wrong. Abandoned projects have been lovingly named my knitting orphans (thanks hubby).

As my knitting was threatening to take over our lounge (you know it’s bad when your cats are secretly judging you), hubby suggested I clean out my craft room and round up all my orphans. It was time for our annual Spring clean, why not go through my knitting. What would happen if I did a Spring clean with my knitting? What would I discover?

Four bins and three bags house 75 projects. A few have moved all over the country with me, hubby and the kitties. At least one is over a decade old in the making.

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My quest is to have no orphan wips by March 1, 2017. This breaks down to at least 8 projects finished or frogged every month starting in May. This seemed achievable when the bins were safely tucked in my craft room. Outside in broad daylight, I feel a little daunted by this quest. Can I really stay focused for the next 10 months and not cast on a new project? Will I cave? Will I go through casting on withdrawal?

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You may be tall, but I’m sitting on it, and that makes it mine.