The knitting on Bee Fields is complete, and there is a huge void in my knitting life even though it is not “done”. To be sure, it has to be blocked, and pinning it out to dry will take a while. But that isn’t something I can do in my weeknight knitting because I like to block during daylight. I still have to weave in the ends, which I did manage to conceal successfully.
But for the rest of the week, I need something to knit.
I’m not yet ready to go back to my sweater WIPs because they require some thought. I still want to try Lucy Neatby’s buttonholes on the red Calvin Klein sweater. That will require sitting down with her DVD and following along with her as I try them out on a swatch—not something I can do on the same weekend as I’m devoting to blocking Bee Fields. The Devonshire jacket needs to have its fronts reblocked, and if Bee Fields dries in a day, as it should, I’ll do that. I still have to verify my sleeve-cap adjustment, and that may require morning time on another weekend.
So I’m turning to my planned scarves, and to a charity knitting project. Helena has talked about a mitten drive run by her Knitting Guild in Rochester, with the mittens given to inner-city children. Although I haven’t knit with acrylic a lot, and I’ve said many unkind things about acrylic, I do have some that isn’t terrible. I used Phildar yarn for my son when he was small (and I don’t think Superwash was available back then). The French imports, which I was able to buy in a small LYS in Greenwich Village, felt nice and wore well. I used this 100% acrylic
for this sweater, from a Pingouin pattern.
I also used a Phildar wool-acrylic mix for this sweater
So some stash diving is in order to see if I have any more of the heavy tan, or to find something else to add to it. This pause to knit some simple things and to finish a small project for someone besides me will be a nice break before taking on the difficult tasks of completing the WIPs—and working out some self-designed patterns that have been spinning in my brain for the three-plus months I spent on Bee Fields.