Thursday, August 5, 2010

How Many Projects Can You Start in a Day?

I don’t know what got into me. Typically, I work on just one knitting project at a time. I enjoy the journey from beginning to middle to end. But on Sunday, some bug attacked me and I started three knitting projects.

It was getting late in the day, and I was watching TV (on the computer). Since I’d finished spinning “Sylvia”, I had a strong urge to make a swatch from that yarn. The size 1 (US) needles worked well to create a snug feeling fabric. I got 15 sts per 2 inches. A good gauge. Then I started to consider a sock pattern. I have a very old pair of commercially made socks that I’d always wanted to duplicate. So, I spent some time examining that pair of socks and writing down its pattern. But I couldn’t decide what to do with the cuff of the sock. I want to create a scalloped edge of some sort, but nothing struck me right away. So, I put that project aside. Here’s a picture of the swatch (30 sts knitted in the round):

Next, I started work on a shawl. This is a pattern that I created a number of years ago, and I’m just now getting around to writing up the pattern (“Dream Shawl”). This triangular shawl is knitted from the lower corner to the top edge. The lower corner starts with I-cord fringe, and I needed a picture of that beginning for the pattern. So, I pulled out some grey Cascade 220 and knitted the I-cord fringe. But it was too late in the day (not good lighting) to take a picture, so I put that project aside. I did take some pictures yesterday. Here’s one:

Still feeling the urge to knit the night away, I decided to start an afghan from a large stash of brushed mohair yarns that I’ve been collecting for years. I wanted to remind myself of the important strategies for knitting mohair in preparation for the goat fibers workshop I’m teaching at Rhinebeck in October. This has been a fun project. I’m using the old standby, “feather and fan”, in stripes of colors. The fun thing about knitting stripes is that the upcoming color tends to encourage me to knit more, faster, and longer. So, I get done faster. Here’s a picture of the afghan in progress:

Three projects started. Which will I finish first?

1 comment:

  1. The dream shawl gets my vote, but you already know that.