Competing Priorities

Dudes, I am having a week. You all know the kind: Too much stress. Few breaks. Lots of overtime. Little sleep.  To say that I’ve been looking forward to the weekend is to understate my feelings by a factor of 1000.

So, anyway, here we are. The weekend! For the next two days the world is my oyster, and let me tell you, I am excited. I’ve got a few projects on the go that I’m looking forward to digging back into, and the only problem I have now is deciding how to focus my attention. So, without further ado, here’s my list of works in progress:

  1. Ishnana Cardigan

Once upon a time, I was a super speedy sweater knitter–I have even been know to churn out a complete garment, including all finishing, in a week or less–but there’s something about Ishnana that has forced me to slow right down. I cast on this cardigan in late August after a great deal of hemming and hawing about what my first fall 2016 project should be, as well as a couple false starts with other patterns and yarns. In the end, I’m really glad I went with Ishnana for a few of reasons: 1) it’s been in my queue for more than a year; 2) it’s the perfect excuse to put my beloved Montreal Vacation yarn to good use; and 3)  the pattern is beautiful and awesome and so much fun to knit! I have much more to say about this cardigan but I’ll save it for when I’m finished the project, which could be soon. I cast on the second sleeve last night–the last missing piece–so the knitting could be completed as soon as the end of the weekend. I’m going to take my time with the finishing, though… this sweater still needs a perfect set of buttons (I’m thinking grey mother of pearl), and I will definitely be reinforcing these button bands somehow.

2. Mosaic blanket

Anyone who’s followed my ramblings since the start will be familiar with my struggles to finish a blanket. There’s just something about a project of this size that causes me to seize up and become paralyzed at the thought of spending so long working on a single project before it’s finished. But I can say with absolute confidence that this blanket is definitely going to be finished.

In an attempt to brighten my winter days, I’ve elected to knit up a bunch of different colours into my blanket–6 in total–and the effect so far is pretty fucking rad. At the K-man’s insistence, I’ve added two more stripes to the original five, which means that the blanket is taking longer to finish than I originally planned. But I’m now over the 50% mark and, if I put my mind to it, I could probably finish the 5th stripe this weekend.

3. Sewaholic Granville shirt

The observant among you will notice that there is no picture for this project, and the reason for that is because I haven’t taken a picture. Right now, my shirt is in the muslin stage and, despite my big talk about showing you my flawed projects, I’m really not ready to share this one with the world yet. I actually think this project is going well for such a complicated garment and one I’m attempting for the first time ever. But dudes, progress is slow. So, so slow. Last weekend, I forced myself to finish the collar, a component that has taken weeks to figure out and has caused a lot of tears of frustration. To be perfectly frank, it doesn’t look great, but the one thing it does look like is an actual shirt collar. So, that’s some progress! If I can tear myself away from the cozy pile of knits I’ve already talked about, I’d like to take a stab at making a sleeve placket and setting the sleeves.

Knitters and sewers: Do you agree with my weekend priorities? How would you reshuffle the order? And, what are your top creative priorities for the next two days?

 

Death By Cute

Last week, while I was at work, I got a text message from my Mom. “At the hospital with Lara. Might be labour. Hope not.” I panicked briefly when I read this, for two good reasons. My sister Lara, as you may have guessed, is indeed pregnant, and her due date isn’t until November. My initial panic, therefore, was out of concern for her health and the health of her baby. But when I called and spoke to my Mom, who by then had heard from the doctor that things were going to be okay and that Lara was not in labour, I had another reason to freak out. This baby, I realized, could come at any time now, and I hadn’t yet done any knitting for him. 

Fortunately, and especially because I’m on vacation this week, it has taken me almost no time to remedy this. I knit this cute set in about 3 hours, starting last night. The mittens were finished first, started at about 11:30 PM and completed sometime after midnight. When I woke up this morning, I immediately cast on the hat and knit quietly by myself while Keith slept. The hat is one I’ve knit before, but instead of using my preferred magic loop, I knit this hat entirely with double pointed needles. As a result, I’ve avoided creating an unwanted seam down the middle front of the hat. I’m really, really pleased with how these have turned out in such a short span of time. Now all that’s left for me to do for this baby boy is to whip up an adorable little sweater…

Specs:

Pattern: Baby Mitts by Susan B. Anderson and Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho

Yarn: Knit Picks Capra in Wine

Modifications – Mitts: Used smaller needles, cast on 24 stitches and adjusted gauge accordingly, knit k1p1 ribbing for the cuffs

Modifications – hat: None