I can't believe that it’s been almost a month since our first Crafternoon Tea! Like me, I imagine that you've been very busy, hopefully enjoying some of this glorious Spring weather and maybe even spending more time outside? Perhaps, like me, you've now stumbled upon some of those external jobs that had been forgotten over the winter (out of sight...), and are now trying to get a handle on those while balancing all of our other daily demands. And still trying to find to knit.
I'm looking forward to hearing about and seeing progress on your projects – knitting or otherwise. Is the jumper complete? How's progress with the blanket? Though I believe there are now several of those on the needles. Have the bootie and wrist warmers got matching pairs? The cardigan a front? Is the shawl still on the needles? And the crochet...?
You probably won't be shocked to hear that I've still yet to complete "Wee Cria" – the baby's cardigan that I was working on when we last met, although I'm almost there. It’' turned out to be a much more satisfying knit that I had first imagined: My first top down, knit-in-one-piece garment. I suspect that I'm going to feel a bit lost when I cast off and there's no joining to do - maybe I'll have to comfort myself with a hug from Wee Cria's recipient (if she is up to joining us). If, by any miracle, I have finished this by Sunday, then I'll be back to knitting "Svala", the Icelandic Jumper – and if you see me knitting anything else, you have my permission to challenge me, sternly!
I'm on a bit of a mission to complete some of my unfinished projects as I've decided that two, maybe three at an absolute push, is an acceptable number to have on the go. Not seven. Two projects: One main, one mindless, that's my aim. I finished a pair of socks last week, aka the "motorhome socks" - so called as I started them on our trip to Orkney last August (on our first holiday in the motorhome, aka the "Lymer Hymer"). Only nine months to complete (my friend D has a lot more to show for her last nine months – and she's beautiful). So that leaves:-
- One lace sock, "Alda", started summer 2013 (for me)
- One Icelandic Jumper, "Svala", restarted winter 2014 (for Oldest Son)
- One beaded hair band, started a million years ago when I attended a Debblie Abrahams workshop at McAree Brothers.
- One cardigan, "Isis Tailcoat", cast on at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last month.
- One lace dress, cast on Autumn last year.
Would you like to hear the Plan? It's somewhat unrealistic and will perhaps give you some insight into how I can delude myself about the knitting time available / how fast I knit / how I'm not going to look at any other yarn or pattern in the meantime (/ the pressure I choose to put myself under / how I set myself up for disappointment). But here goes. Since my life is now arranged into termly blocks, I will have finished "Wee Cria", "Svala" and the missing pair from "Alda" by the summer holidays (which start here on 1st July). This will allow me the summer to work on my "Isis Tailcoat" – so that it'll be all ready for the autumn – and then I can resume work on the lace dress. The 4ply lace dress. Hmmmm.
The reality: I'm starting a knitting group in school next week and I'll have to knit up a sample for that, so there's an extra project before we've even started. I'm teaching workshops in both old and new venues, which is always very risky as they tend to sell yarn and patterns, both of which can be very, very tempting. It also means that I'll be talking to other knitters and they can be very inspirational – which is also very dangerous. The summer holidays, though long, mean that I actually have even less time that now to do anything productive – although, of course, the longer days meaning that I have more knitting time (and the energy to go with it, ha, ha!).
So, if you do come on Sunday, perhaps you could bring a time machine with you?
Looking forward to seeing you soon,