The last several weeks have been topsy turvy as far as knitting has gone. I’ve had time to knit, but not time to blog because my early morning photography hours, when the light is the best for capturing the color of my yarn, have been preempted by work. Part of this frenzy is self-imposed. The installation of my new windows and siding begins about three weeks from now (weather permitting), and I expect my work hours to be disrupted—although I am really eager to have a new office window and to have siding that deters squirrels and sparrows from trying to nest in it. I’m attempting to turn in assignments quickly, so that I can finish a book I’ve been working on since last May and to get ahead on another. The goal of getting ahead has been elusive for the more than a quarter of a century I’ve worked out of my home, but this time I’ve tried to convince myself that it is possible. Unfortunately, the reality has been quite different. I’ve encountered snags and problems that need long hours to resolve, and I suspect I’ll be doing my best to work through the hammering and noise.
The work assignments that stubbornly refuse to end have contributed to a burst of enthusiasm for several WIPS and UFOs. At least I can get the sense of finishing something.
The Wool Peddler’s shawl from the Foxhill Farm yarn is done, but not blocked:
This photo was taken in haste as the first flakes of what promises to be a major blizzard started falling. The loose ends have been neatly woven in, and the shawl has now had its bath of Eucalan and is consuming much of my living room floor as it dries. (You can also see from this shot the repair that is next on my list—replacement decks. My hope is to schedule new decks, masonry on my front steps, and a new front door and garage door for later in 2011.)
I also finished the Multidirectional Scarf out of bits of Noro Silk Garden (color 230) that were left over from my entrelac jacket. It will get a light blocking when the shawl is dry and the blocking pads available.
There is still enough Noro left over for some other small project. I suppose I could use a tea cozy, now that old age has made it necessary for me to eschew my coffee addiction and become an herbal tea drinker. Or I could manage a pair of mitts.
And one of my Traveler’s Socks is knit (but not blocked), and I’ve cast on for the second.
I was really on a roll with these socks, but my efforts to complete them were derailed by the need to start some fingerless gloves (the tipless variety) as presents. Here are those I finished for DS:
These are from Socks That Rock, Medium, color: Corvid, and there is enough for another pair out of the skein. Ed got a Christmas raincheck. One of his gloves is nearly finished, and I’m now skilled enough at glove knitting to do one of these every two to three nights. Then I’ll be knitting a pair for me, to round out my 2010 knitting. With all my unfinished projects and my newfound zeal to finish them, I wasn’t eager to start anything new. But having warm hands seemed to be a worthwhile goal. And before I get back to some of my unfinished stranded sweaters, I want to knit DS a hat. So it looks as if more things will be started before the finishing resumes.