Over the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of projects on the needles, and while this can sometimes be overwhelming, right now it feels like a good mix of projects.
There have been two pairs of socks. The first is a brown
pair in Lion Sockease, that I thought would be good for work (I have to wear
brown to work - sigh). They are turning out all right, but I’m waffling on
whether or not I really like them.
The second pair is a one that I started when I needed
something completely mindless to work on while I ran a meeting. They are in
Zauberball Crazy, and it’s the first time I’ve knit with this yarn. I have
three balls, and this is the most colorful of the three. It’s entrancing how
the colors change from one to the other, much more gently than I thought they
It’s reminded me that there’s nothing wrong with knitting
plain old socks. So many knitters are working on lace socks now. They’re
everywhere. I made a couple of pair in the past, and while they are pretty,
they’re just not for me. I don’t like putting holes in my socks intentionally!
I am fond of cables and texture patterns, though, and I like knitting them,
although they take a little more work and concentration. But for pure
satisfaction, you can’t beat socks in simple stockinette stitch. They almost
fly off the needles, they’re so easy!
Aside from socks, I’ve been working on more baby booties,
washcloths, and catnip toys. These are all the “take-along” projects. At home,
I’m trying to finish the second square of the new cat bed, and I unearthed an
old toddler sweater that only needed a few rows of button band.
And I whipped up a pair of scuffs from Lopi yarn over a
weekend and then fulled them in the washer with the laundry. After three
cycles, I’m wondering if they’re done. They are still a little large for me, so
do I stop and use them as a gift or sell them, or do I try one more cycle? They
may not shrink any further.
I’m still hoping this weekend to pull out one of large
sweater projects and make some progress on it, but until a big chunk of time
comes along, these small projects are great for filling in. And since I’m still
on a mad dash to burn through as much stash as possible, the more knitting, the