As I mentioned on Tuesday, I currently have four projects on the needles — a number virtually unheard-of for me.
The first one you know about. It’s my latest lace tunic, knit from Hand Maiden Swiss Silk in the Raven colorway. I have completed the front and the back and have joined them at the shoulders via a three-needle bind-off. And I crocheted around the neckline.
I did start a sleeve last night but only have an inch or so done on it.
As I was working on this project towards the end of last week, I suddenly became extremely sick of it. This is what happens when you think it is a good idea to kn it 4 lace sweaters in a row. I abandoned it on Saturday and knit up the hat I was going to work on for “Knit Whatever the Heck You Want Day” on Sunday. That left me without a new project on Sunday.
(Can you see where all this rationalization is going?)
So on Sunday I decided to knit a Trillian — a pattern so nice I bought it twice. (I bought it last week and discovered I also bought it on June 28. Whoops!)
The pattern is perfect for 1 skein of Wollmeise sock yarn, I went into the stash room and stood before The Wollmeise Wall of Shame. I decided on a 100% merino skein in “Im dunklen Wald” so plucked that from the shelf, wound it up and started in.
After an hour of knitting I ripped it all out because I did not like the way the increases looked on the long straight edge. I started again, moving the increases in one stitch. Much happier with how it looks now.
Since Sunday, I’ve knit a couple of rows per evening on this.
But wait, there’s more.
I have no rational explanation for why I did this, but on Sunday afternoon I wound up one of my skeins of Tempted Good Grrl in “Moondance” and started Thin Ice.
I spent the remainder of Sunday knitting and enjoying Thin Ice. Since then, I’ve done one or two rows per evening.
That’s three WIPs. The fourth one is this:
This is a really big sock, being knit from Online Supersocke 8, a worsted weight sock yarn. This is commuter knitting only: it gets knit on the train to work and sometimes a bit during my lunch break.
The reason I’m using a worsted weight sock yarn is because this sock is destined for someone with a very large foot. But I’m on the fence about this yarn. I’m knitting it at a pretty firm gauge (5.75 st/inch on a U.S. size 2 needle) because I want it to wear well. I guess it’s okay, but for thick socks I do prefer DK weight. But it seems to be getting harder and harder to find a DK weight sock yarn that has a good amount of nylon in it. I see that Opal is allegedly coming out with a 6-ply line called Polar Lights, but it doesn’t seem to be available yet. I’ve got a decent-sized stash of 6-ply sock yarn w/ nylon in “guy” colors, but it is dwindling.
Anyhow, those are my four WIPs. I have been working on all of them this week and haven’t yet gotten too twitchy, so there is hope for me yet. Still, I think I’ll be going back to project monogamy once this experiment is over.
Lucy is nonplussed by my behavior. So much so that she has deviated from her normal behavior of ignoring my yarn. The other day I came home to this:
She claims it was not her. She looks so innocent, doesn’t she?