For the last year and a half, since I’ve begun blogging, I’ve been disciplined enough to stick to two projects, and I dutifully tackled some languishing UFOs that are now wearable sweaters. That restraint has now broken down, and I attribute it to the effect of the summer solstice. It is not the increasing light that demolishes my resolve, but the heat and the prospect of more heat, for days on end. Those of you in warm climates will consider me a wussy, and you’re right. I consider “warm” to be anything over 70° (F).
I thought I could deal with the summer more effectively if I had lighter projects, and the Seasons of Lace and Summer of Socks KALs seemed just the thing to egg me on. So last night, I cast on for Bee Fields and got to the point where I’m almost on automatic pilot--at least for a while.
In addition to having beautiful patterns, Anne also has the loveliest prosaic names for her shawls. Bee Fields is in three parts, as you can see from the picture in the link, the first being Bee Hive. This is followed by Bee Swarm and Bee in Field. I think Bee Hive will be the easiest for me because it is the kind of lace I’ve knitted before. The border is not straight purl on the wrong side, which I’ve never knit before, and so I do have to pay some attention (probably a good thing since I haven’t yet had to tink more than a half-dozen stitches, and that only twice).
When I learned to knit, I don’t recall finding patterns with interesting names. To me, I’d be knitting a “red sweater” or a “blue scarf”. Or it would be #25 from a VK. You can see my lack of ingenuity in naming projects in the title of “Ed’s Sweater”. What could be more boring than that?
Things haven’t progressed at all for the sock project. More planning and swatching are needed, and I want to start with an original sock design. Now in addition to coming up with a nice design, it is time I started thinking about its name. I hope I’m up to the challenge.
The shawl is still at the instant gratification stage, where each row is short enough to give you a real sense of progress at the end of a night’s knitting. But that won’t last, and so getting through the Bee Hive section seems like a satisfactory and no-pressure objective for this week.