Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Ooh, shiny!

Monogamy is not my strong suit in knitting. Lately I tend to flitter from project to project. I want to finish what I start, but the drudgery of stockinette sleeves can deter even the strongest among us. The signs are evident. I start browsing Ravelry for patterns. The slightest hint of a beautiful knitting project on facebook or a fiber blog can pull me right off the wagon. This week I was caught looking. 

A friend innocently posted a pattern and photo of a headwrap she knit. I really liked it, and I had just the right yarn. I told myself when I completed my Shalom cardigan I could start it. The stitch pattern looked very similar to the lacy Baktus which I made last year. I just knew it would be a quick knit. I tried valiantly to resist. Truly I knit a lot on my sweater. The body flew off the needles, and I was working on the sleeves. But I have really long arms. And the weather was really hot. So I cheated. I cast-on for the headwrap. 
Ginny's Yarn Along - Headwrap
So now I am working on my sweater while at home and on the headwrap while facing the hot summer temperatures. The headwrap should be done in a day or two as it knits really quickly. My sweater may take a bit longer. Stockinette sleeves are a bit boring and tedious especially when you have long arms.

I am reading a bit here and there. I started Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I seem to be on a non-fiction jag, and I am liking it. This story is riveting and brings up many thoughts on war. The books are not read very fast though as I keep adding more knitting to my pile. 

10 comments:

  1. you could jazz up those sleeves with some cables. i'm sure that would make them go faster :D

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  2. I have a deeply-held belief in variety among knitting projects.
    One must have projects of varying degrees of interest and difficulty to keep one's mind fresh.
    Great colors on that headwrap!

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  3. Knitting monogamy...haha, not one of my strong suits either. My long arms are one reason I'm afraid to cast-on for myself...good luck! It's always good to take a break to refresh that knitting passion.

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  4. Ha, ha, you were caught looking and at that yarn harlot Ravelry site no less! I was browsing there yesterday myself and now I want to cast on the headwrap you're doing too. We have no shame!xx

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  5. I always feel if there is yarn and needles available, they all should be in use on some project ;)

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  6. I can be a bit of a harlot when it comes to projects, too.

    Not to worry. The sleeves will get done all in good time.

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  7. Oh, I also have a several knitting projects going on at once - that way depending on how much I can concentrate, there is a project appropriate for every moment.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  8. That beautiful yarn was begging to be knit up into something!

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  9. I need variety too, but I do go through times where I want to finish everything that's in progress before I move on.

    I love the colors you're working with right now!

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  10. Oh I have to have a project or two going at a time. Eases the boardom and lets me pick the right project based on where I'm knitting and how much I can concentrate. Love the colors of your headwrap. And I made my shalom without sleeves.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

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