I love the way the words ‘cast on’ sound. Kind of like sailing words, a new adventure on the high seas of knitting. Every new project is a a journey, full of promise and hope and some trepidation- will I be able to do this? will it look good? will they love it? do they know how much work this is? Also full of danger and thrills – do I have enough yarn? can I do this in time?
Will I ever finish it?
I cast on for the Houlland Shawl designed by Donna Smith from Kate Davies newest book on Haps. It is a delightful book if you are a knitter with any interest in Haps (wraps) or wool or Shetland knitting, or beautiful pictures or lovely knitters. Or anyone.
I chose the Houlland because of the beautiful elegant lace and because I could use some bits of yarn I have left over from other things. I am going rogue a little bit on the yarn choice because I run that way. I am using fingering in different blues and grays maybe, and maybe a tiny bit of cream. I have so much yarn and I am really trying to use up what I have.
So far I have done ok with my ayrn diet, but there have been a couple of slips, and new stash has been acquired. It is no mistake that is is called stash. Ahem. It is a yarn balance thing. Some old. Some new. But in my own defense I did use it right away to make a hat for Mike and a pair of socklets for the Mason Dixon Knitting KAL back in March. Okay! Okay! I just finished those socks. But they are finished. And I bought another sock pattern for which I thought I had bought more yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Art but as the weeks went by and no new sock yarn arrived I realized that I had never actually pushed the button on the sale and did not buy it. It languished, forgotten, in the virtual shopping cart. And then reason prevailed and I realized that A. I have a multitude of sock yarn skeins- Mult. I. Tude. and B. I am underemployed and have run out of hiding places to store the yarn. So.
I finished a sweater for Katy for her birthday using yarn I had stashed for a long time. Knitted in Shelter by BrooklynTweed, the sweater was Waipi’o by Kristen Tendyke and it was a fun fast knit and great for some one like me who needs and yearns for fast knits. And all that ribbing is just lovely on a shapely body. And I mentioned it was quick. Top down and seamless. I finished it in two weeks of monogamous knitting. I have learned about myself that I like to make things that I can finish in a week or two, or I lose interest. There is nothing as tragic as an AdHd adult in a yarn store. Of course there are many things more tragic, but you get the pic.
All this is by way of saying that I am owed a new project. I deserve it. No matter that I have two blankets and two sweaters on the needles that I really do want to finish. Just not right this minute. Kay Gardiner reminds us that Rhinebeck , AKA New York Sheep and Wool Festival, is right around the corner in October; just a few months. I will finish one of those sweaters before that weekend in October, when all Northeastern knitters converge in a frenzy of wooly love, as Yarn is my witness! And right after that is my sixtieth birthday!! But that is another post. A whole nuther post.
In case you are wondering, I am not knitting actual rabbit holes, with bunnies in them, but giving them to you in the form of fabulous and legendary yarn links. You are welcome.