Okay, so this is me, baring my knitting soul (be kind with your judgement, I beseech you):
“Battersea” (from Rowan’s Summerspun Collection) aka "last summer’s jumper". Now some progress has been made since I last spoke to you about this: The back is finished and I'm working on the front – and its second side, no less. This is my current favourite "for Katherine" project and I'm optimistic that I will be able to wear it this summer. One of the motivating elements with this project is that I'd really like to start knitting with some of my "oh-so-lovely" new needles that I was most generously gifted for Christmas. (If there are any non-knitters reading this, then please take my word for it: Knitting isn't just about the yarn and patterns. There are needles and bags and accessories and more and yes, these can be ranked.) Now I know the ol' rule (don't change your needles part way through a project as it might alter your tension) but I figure that knitting both sleeves with the new needles is an acceptable place to make this change. And then I can return the needles to my mum (hopefully she won’t be too upset by the slight blue tinge to the light bamboo that seems to have gained from the yarn).
Obviously there's still Husband's Jumper ("Moon" by Martin Storey using Jaeger's Extra Soft Merino Wool). All knitting complete, just waiting to sew it up. Really, what is stopping me? Do have some deep, psychological need to keep this project and not give it to its intended wearer? Am I worried that he won't like it, that it won't fit? Or is that it will leave a huge void in my life once it's done? (As opposed to liberating me from the guilt I've had hanging over me for far too long.) Or is it that I just need a couple of undisturbed daylight hours in which to do this? Maybe if I blocked it and laid it out, ready for sewing, it would actually get done?
Oh yes, there's my sheep (Cornish Organic Loopy Sheep). Present from MIL along with the yarn to knit Oldest Son a jumper. I'm a whole 36 stitches in – which are almost worth undoing just to reduce the length of this list. Actually, that's not right: I distinctly remember knitting in loop stitch, which means that I've completed at least one leg. Completed and lost, brilliant.
There's also the baby vest. Complete bar the, yep, you guessed: Finishing.
Okay, this is getting very depressing. And it's very, very silly. There's no way I'm going upstairs to check for more.
I finally finished my necklace (from "Vintage Knit Knacks" by Sue Culligan using Rowan Milk Cotton). Truthfully, I'm a little disappointed with it, specifically with the colourway that I choose: I shouldn't have used the white. Too late, I learned from Kaffe Fasset that white isn't always a great colour use with others. Probably wouldn't have been as bad as going with yellow but it wasn't a good call. Following this discussion (in November, during his visit to Edinburgh to promote his new book), I "dumped" the project – emotionally, not literally, of course. Plus it had got a bit tricky – practically – as I hadn’t got a bead with a big enough hole to complete the work. But then I wanted to talk about iCords in a recent workshop and, all of a sudden, new life was breathed into the necklace. A successful trip to The Bead Shop Scotland provided the necessary beady solution and ta-da, project complete.
And this concludes the list. And now it's too late to actually knit. Still, there's always tomorrow.