I’ve really been on a finishing kick in the past couple of weeks. I have a million ideas for new projects bouncing around in my head, but I feel like I need to free up all the energy currently invested in half-finished works before I can start them. However, the universe seems to be against me.
Currently I have 4 active knitting works-in-progress: a sweater, a shawl, a scarf, and a pair of socks. The sweater is the only one that currently doesn’t require buying more yarn.
My “Everyday Neutrals” scarf, made from delicious Mirasol Miski yarn (100% baby llama!) using the pattern Both Sides Now. I’ve completely knit up 2 skeins, and it’s still far too short to be a scarf for me. The yarn store I bought it from is closing, so I either have to find time to run over there and hope they still have some, or order more. Sigh.
My beautiful “Threads of Life” shawl, the Skuld pattern by Anna Dalvi, is somewhere around 80% finished…and I ran out of yarn. Yay for knitting loosely. Or not. Since the Beckon Stretch Merino yarn I’m using was a club colorway (Forest Primeval) from Three Irish Girls, getting another skein is a bit more complicated. I did just resubscribe to the Pick of the Knitter club, fueled mostly by the desire to finish this shawl. Er…maybe also by the fabulous “Six Pine Trees” color that’s one of the current club offerings. Ahem.
Then there are these lovely socks, my “Second Try Sibleys,” after the first attempt turned out way too small. Pattern is Sibley, by SpillyJane. I didn’t notice this until I was an entire pattern repeat in, however, and as this is my first colorwork project I did what any feeling knitter would do and threw the yarn in a bag to languish for 6 months after ripping the entire cuff out and recasting-on. Now the cuffs on both are finished, though, and they fit. 😉 Since the yarn I’m using for the heel, Three Irish Girls Kells Sport (no, I do not have a 3IG problem…), is 100% wool, I need some Wooly Nylon to back it up before I can knit the heels. I suppose that technically I’m not out of yarn but I’m still stalled until I obtain said Wooly Nylon.
See what I mean? I guess this is all indicating I should work on my sweater, but it’s a bit frustrating to be so close to finished so many things only to not have the required elements to do so. 😛 We all know what a hardship buying more yarn is…but it really is if you’re trying to shrink your stash, not grow it. Ah well…the trials of a knitter. 😉
- Five Ways to Be More Earth-friendly With Your Knitting (shemakeshats.blogspot.com)
- A Year of Projects (twistedsticher.wordpress.com)