It was a horrendous winter here. Really, really cold. One morning, it was 6 degrees. SIX DEGREES!! Ok, for some of you that is no news in winter, but this is the deep south. Anyway, we all promised not to complain about the Summer heat when it arrived because the cold was so bad. Problem is, it showed up with a vengence. Last week was sweltering. But this week is better, and although there are the usual late afternoon thunderstorms, they are very isolated and don't happen on top of me every day. Overall, I'm ok with Summer so far.
What I'm not so ok with lately is some of my knitting projects. Two in particular. I'll preface showing them by saying that the yarn is fabulous (Miss Babs - no way it could be bad), the patterns were well written, and in fact, very interesting in their construction. However, my satisfaction with them is less than optimal considering the amounts of time and money spent.
The first one I really should restrain complete judgement on because it isn't really finished. It's Albers Cowl, for which I bought a polydactly kit of seven Miss Babs yarns, colorway "Ansel." I look at how nice and drapey it looks on the models, and then I look at my roughly 12"x12" squares and wonder how it's ever going to look like that. Seems too chunky to be comfortable. Here are the squares.
These have been sitting on the table in front of me for at least a month waiting to be seamed. I am just not motivated (outdoor temperatures nothwithstanding). I really need to go ahead and get it done. There might be a pleasant surprise in it for me.
The other project also leaves me conflicted, although I'm more set in my opinion - I think. It's Tubularity, also done in a Miss Babs polydactly set - "Miss Babs." This is an extremely clever pattern. Knitted as a giant tube, it can be pulled over the head like a cowl (although there is way too much fabric to sit gracefully on my short little neck,) and can be wrapped several different ways by utilizing the three buttons that are to be sewn on (I still haven't found any to match.)
Up until I was halfway through that lighter purple section (it started at the pink end), I kept threatening to rip the whole thing out. Endless stockinette! That odd, although pretty by itself, pink at the beginning. The bulk of it. I don't know, it may have to sit for a while before I can really decide if it's a keeper or not.
On the other hand, I've really enjoyed everything else I've knit so far this year. Last night, I started the Wave shawl with some pretty dark green fingering weight numma numma from my stash. Now this is a very enjoyable knit! Photos when I've finished, which shouldn't take too long. Bonus, it's a freebie!
I'll leave you with a picture of my newly blooming hydrangea. Not my favorite plant, but I do love this one for it's interesting color. This lighter pinkish purple will darken to a richer bluer purple as summer goes on. I never tire of its changing faces.