I was not knitting (or crocheting) much for quite some time but fortunately, I have gotten back into it. This is good because (a) I enjoy it immensely and (b) it keeps my hands busy so I am less likely to snack while watching TV. The problem is that I get excited about new projects then jump into them with both feet, buying materials and making plans even when I have a plethora of unfinished (or even unstarted) projects taking up space in my home and brain.
In the past two weeks, I have started one project in earnest and bought yarn for two more. Additionally, I have a project on my spinning wheel along with several on crochet hooks or knitting needles strewn about my apartment. I know for sure that I have at least the following:
- a beaded lace shawl which has been in progress for years
- a double-knit scarf that has one direwolf head knit so far
- most of a bunny in various scattered pieces
- the legs and tummy of a sky bison whose back I could not figure out
- a doll sweater that is unfinished because I ran out of yarn, leaving the sleeves on DPNs and a stitch holder
- a colorful cotton blanket meant as a wedding present for my cousin who got married three years ago
- A sweater that I started at least five years ago for which the body is complete but I have started and lost the sleeves no fewer than three times
- A pair of fair isle mittens that I haven’t touched in probably ten years
There may well be more, but those are the ones that occur to me. I don’t even want to think about the multiple quilts, dresses, pillowcases, and curtains worth of fabric I have bought and done nothing with for a long time now.
Anyway, all of these piles and shelves and boxes of shame do not keep me from making new plans. I decided recently that I want a Captain Marvel sweater. After spending a lot of time looking at pictures online of Carol Danvers’ movie and comic costumes, I sketched out an idea for which I am pretty excited. I even have some yarn (superwash wool) in blue and yellow already. Of course, after finishing my bear stack, I needed something to do right away, so I turned to a bag of yarn I had lying around.
Even though there are a ton of great sweater patterns out there, even if limited to free patterns and those I already own (in book form or otherwise) I felt the need to design something unique for the beautiful turquoise merino yarn my parents bought me on a trip to New Zealand. I was disappointed, however, to find that on the first ball I used, there were many places where a ply was cut, requiring me to cut the whole yarn and join it to the project in order to prevent future unravelling. I hope that it is not indicative of the next eleven balls I have. At first I tried spit joins, but they did not work very well, so I just have hanging tails for now. Pattern-wise, I am using The Incredible Custom Fit Raglan Sweater for advice. I am making a V-neck with cables. The one on the back increases with the raglan increases, which is kind of awkward but I think it is working. I plan to have some 2×2 ribbing on the sides, probably in lieu of shaping. At the front, I will pull from the body of the sweater to twist with the cables when I get that far – at least I plan to. So far, the sleeves just have a simple cable running down the length but once I separate them from the body, I am thinking about doing something more complex although I am not totally sure what yet. There is a cable in the Vogue Stitchionary that inspired me but I changed several things and recharted it, so I am calling this cable my own even though I am sure it has been done before – haven’t they all?
While I have not yet finished the blanket I started for my cousin who was married in 2016, I have already started planning a blanket for my cousin getting married in June. I decided that I wanted to try that picture crochet thing but not with a photo because that seems a little too cheesy plus I would feel guilty if it did not turn out to be a good likeness. So, I ran a map of the world through a pixilation thing and came up with a seven color chart. I ordered acrylic yarn from KnitPicks when I saw that they had a coupon code for 15% off and threw in enough superwash wool to make that Captain Marvel sweater of which I have been dreaming. So, I am getting $90 worth of yarn (and one impulse book) delivered next week even though I am nowhere near done with the sweater I have already started.
So, I guess I need to get to work! I also keep planning to make curtains for my windows but instead, I wake up with the sun, so I do not have the highest hopes regarding my stick-to-it-iveness. Still, hope springs eternal!