Do you knit big projects? Not necessarily big, as in large afghans or socks for people with size 13 feet, although those certainly count. I mean more in the line of the kind of project that, while not particularly complicated, just seem to take forever. On and on they go, seemingly without end. I'm working on two of those right now.
The first, Cecilia, started off innocently enough. I saw the pattern in the Top 20 list on Revelry and queued it. I don't usually work with bulky yarn, but it was pretty and I thought maybe I'd do it someday. Then, wandering around Tuesday Morning, as you do, I came across five skeins of Juniper Moon Yearling, a bulky wool/cotton mix, in a pretty shade of very light dusty pink. Perfect, I thought! Bought the yarn, grabbed the pattern, and then realized I did not have enough yarn. After searching high and low on the internet, the only place I found it was from a Revelry member. Not the same dye lot, but whatever. Four more skeins of yarn in my possession and off I went. It's a circle. The first part went like the wind! But it's growing, and growing, and GROWING!! And it's cottony and on size 10 needles (which for me is huge). The pattern is insanely easy, but when will I finish this thing?! I've taken breaks to start and finish other stuff, and it continues to sit and taunt me from the coffee table. I'm a bit more than half way through the last main motif before the edging, so progress is being made, but very, very slowly!
The other "big" project is a mystery knit a long - the Earth shawl. I"m definitely enjoying it, as both the yarn and pattern are really nice, but it has a knitted off border of 12 rows. There are 306 stitches to be bound off, with six disappearing after each pattern repeat. This sucker is taking forever!
Both will be well worth the effort, but I'm seriously ready to move on.
Not to say there haven't been other things knit before and during my efforts on these two projects. So far this year, I've finished seventeen items. Not all of them are blocked yet, but I'm working on them this week and making good progress. Photos of the blocked ones (info on each can be found here.)
Albatross aka Perfect Storm
Twisted Rib Watch Cap
Washington Park Shawl
Fuchia Nouveau Petite
Cool Breezes Cowl
Romi's Mystery Shawl 2015
Blueberry Waffle Socks
A word about these socks. I had one skein of Gale's Art Wonder Sock Yarn in the Graffiti & Asphalt colorway. Wound into a center pull ball, knit until first sock finished, start second sock. I started these in January and finished last week. The first sock was in the bottom of the project bag, so until I finished the second, I hadn't seen them side by side. Uh-oh. Now, I don't know if the skein was supposed to work this way or not, but it was a surprise to find them so unmatched. I know Gale, so I'll ask the next time I see her.
That's my knitting adventures so far this year. I'll try to be good and get the rest of my completed stuff up here as I block them, including the two never ending projects. When they end.
In other news, my husband, who has been living in the Washington DC area for the last five years, coming home one week out of three, is moving back to Atlanta the first of September. He's been working for a government agency up there, but has taken a job here in the private sector again. I think it will be a big change for both of us. I've gotten used to my solitary ways, and I'm betting he did, too. But he also learned to cook a bit while he was gone, so maybe it's not all going to be so bad! hahaha! Another perk is that we will be going to a conference in November - in Hawaii!! I've never been, so I'm super excited about that.
My horse, Gracie, has had a lameness issue since last April. And still does. It's really frustrating. The vet keeps saying she's making progress, but after the treatment he gave her two Saturdays ago and seeing a setback, I'm not so sure. He's due out on Monday and I'm going to lobby for taking her to the big vet center at the University of Georgia to see if we can't figure this out once and for all. If she'd broken her leg she'd have been over it by now! She's such a sweet girl, and I know she'll be super fun to ride. I can't wait. Here's a photo of her with my trainer when we were doing a video for the vet on Tuesday morning.
The cats are still making life funny around here. Mittens is his old mellow self, but we have some health worries for Socks. When I took them for their yearly checkup, the vet said Socks has a heart murmur and is starting to show signs of kidney problems. So we had a urinary tract ultrasound first, and lo and behold, the little guy has only one kidney!! How did that escape attention for eight years? Then we went to a specialist for a coronary ultrasound. Upshot was neither are a big worry yet, so we are just keeping on as usual. He's still running around like crazy, meowing me awake at full volume, and just generally being the sweet, lovable, frustrating guy he always has been.
That's it. Knitting, horse, cats, husband . Pretty much sums up my days. I need to get out more!