I’m recovering from second-mitten syndrome and I feel a serious bout of startitis coming on. For the past week, I’ve procrastinated about finishing Norah Gaughan’s Target mittens while I worked on a hat for Ed.
I bit the bullet last night and got the second thumb done, and if I can muster the enthusiasm to sew the seams, I’ll have the mittens ready to send off to the mitten drive run by the Knitting Guild of Rochester.
Ed’s hat is not complicated. It is a pattern from Charlene Schurch’s Hats On! book, and I already knit this hat in the past for my son.
His hat has lasted for at least six years, and it looks brand new. If you could see the condition of his other clothing, you would realize just what a miracle this is. But my knitted garments for DH and DS come with “lifetime maintenance”—my lifetime. That means that I remove the garments from their possession in early spring, or as soon as they’re willing to part with hats, scarves, and sweaters, and I wash them and store them. Then they get the garments back in September.
Although simple, the hat is wonderfully elegant and it fulfills my need to create perfect garments. The tough part for me is the tubular cast-on in the round.
The instructions in the book are excellent, but it does take an entire evening to get the first 6 rows started. Both hats are knit from Heilo—on very tiny needles. My son’s hat was done on size 1 US, and Ed’s hat is being knit on size 1.5 US. It makes for a very dense and warm hat, with a lot of shape. The yarn for Ed’s had has been in my stash since about 1998—and I got it at Patternworks’ after-Christmas sale when they were in Poughkeepsie. Oh, how I miss that.
But ribbing holds only so much interest, and so my mind wanders to other projects. I need to knit at least one washcloth to give as a gift this Christmas, and I remembered those in Knitter’s Stash.
These call for Louet linen, and I don’t want to buy new yarn until I know I am “into” washcloths. Heretofore, I’ve knit only clothing. The cotton yarn I thought about is not as thin as the Louet…but (what a surprise) I do have other stash yarn that would be suitable.
I have no idea how old this yarn is, but I put it at circa 1975. It was intended for a sleeveless top. And even when I was thinner than I am now (and sagged less), the 7 skeins of cream and 1 skein of brown weren’t going to cover my chest. I figured this out after the yarn was discontinued, and so it has languished all these years. So will it make good washcloths? I guess it is worth a try.
While I was browsing Knitter’s Stash, I flipped to a sweater I always liked:
This is knit from cashmere, and I probably never could and never will be able to afford that much cashmere. But the sweater called to me for my Tess Silk and Wool stash yarn:
In my mind’s eye, I can see changing the shape of the sweater a little so it is fitted around the waist. The cables at the shoulders will give the very drapy Tess yarn some shape—but swatching that cable is the only way to tell. Some of the past week was spent washing the Tess yarn (the sales woman claimed it might bleed—but it doesn’t bleed enough to warrant doing this). It takes forever to dry. This project will take a bit of thinking, and if I have thinking time, I should spend it on my UFOs. So to avoid the guilt, my mind flitted to socks.
Should I use the medium STR in the rose color or blue-green in a design from Sensational Knitted socks? That would take no time, since I’ve knitted two pairs from that book already in the same weight yarn. Or should I work on an original design from the Fearless Fibers yarn (more brown than it looks here) that I already started to swatch.
Or, should I start the cabled sweater for the Fall Cable KAL and use up my blue stash yarn?
I suspect the answer is going to be “all of the above”.