Why this journey?

I've been retired now for over a year. Husband has been sick but is now doing quite well with new pacemaker. I continue to knit and knit and crochet. Recently I became friends again with my sewing machine so you will see some of those projects, too. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

NAS! Not Another Scarf!

Officially speaking I now have at least 4 scarves on needles or hooks -- with me on 'pins and needles' hoping to finish each one in time for Christmas gift-giving.  Every year a vow not to do this -- it's not that I don't love knitting for others; it's that I always get the "just right for this person" idea with too few days left to knit.

I'm not the only knitter that does this.  If you are a knitter or read about other knitters, you will have heard or read the story of "up til 3 am to finish that one."

Inventory --

This one is crochet.  The pencil is added to give you a sense of the size of the hook.  It's a B US, for those who also crochet.  The yarn is lace weight, meaning tiny and fine.  It's also variegated.
Crochet.  Lace weight yarn.  Hook size B.  Pattern from
This one is heavier yarn, called worsted weight.  The needles are from my special set of Brittany wood needles; they are warm to the hands and smooth so the wool slides.
Needles about the size of the pencil, size 8US.
Wool yarn from Rowan.  Pattern from a new book
Textured Stitches.
Next is a progress shot of the mohair lace scarf.  When I first showed this one it was wider.  I knitted until it was about 5 inches long and decided two things:  1) not enough yarn; and 2) too wide for the type of scarf (as in, "it's not a shawl.")
This time the needles are actually a bit larger than
the pencil, in diameter.  10 1/2 US.
Pattern is from One Skein Wonders.

And finally (as a reminder to me that I really must go knit), another showing of the Checkerboard Lace scarf using the Darliss Yarn, with pattern from Purl Bee.  No pencil in this picture.  Needles are smaller than the pencil.
Just gorgeous, that pattern at  Purl Bee

Back to projects.  Each one offers something different and I like knowing that my mood and my projects can be coordinated.
  • Checkerboard Lace -- when I'm feeling sassy and ready to take on the world; no pattern is too tough
  • Burgundy Cables -- when I need a reminder that I know how to do cables and a project that's working up quickly
  • Mohair Lace -- when I just need to knit.  There's only one pattern row and then three rows of just knit knit knit
  • Crochet scarf -- when I want to rest the knitting brain and work on a delicate difference
How wonderful that I can review the inventory, pick up a project and put it down for another.  Oh, that life allowed us to do more matching mood with to-do's.  Not always easy to be enthused about some tasks, but even mundane 'chores' like unloading the dishwasher can be a reminder that we are blessed with abundance.  Lots of women have to haul water just to quench their children's thirst.

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1 comment:

  1. On my needles I have three socks, 2 hats and one sweater! On different needles, of course:)