...often go astray." Oh that Robert Burns was wise, was he not? I wasted, I mean, devoted some, I mean, a lot of time the other day to planning my summer knitting projects. That's not usually how I roll, and I may end up with a bunch of unfinished projects scattered around my house, in random project bags and tote bags and dog bowls and probably down between the couch cushions. But I got excited about summer knitting for the first time this year and I wanted to explore some new yarns and patterns (and de-stash a bit, too). Wish me luck!
SOCKS FOR TWO-LEGGED JULIE
My grandmother, Muna, was a voracious needle-worker--knitting, needle point, cross stitch, sewing. You name it she did it until literally the day before she died. She was working on a cross stitch. She finished everything except that cross stitch. Muna didn't know how to not finish anything she started, unlike the rest of the Wilson women. She told my Aunt Nancy she hoped Nancy married a one-legged man because Nancy had one sock syndrome--finish the first sock and find it unbearable to start the second one.
I found a way to finish sock number 2 and stay married to a two-legged man...have a sock give-away. Thanks to Julie, who has two legs and won this pair, I am racing towards the toe of sock #2.
By the way, I love these cable needles by Brittany. You get 3 sizes in a package and because they are made of wood, they are grippy and super easy to manipulate while you cable on.
OMG, I bought yarn!
I can justify this. It's cotton. It's summer soon. I don't spin cotton. I need a white tank top. There...justification done. How easy was that? A lot easier than knitting a swatch and counting the stitches in this ripply, ribbony yarn from Tahki Yarns, that's for sure!
I love a short sleeved cardigan for layering on cool nights. I found this pattern on Ravelry and it is perfect!The yarn is Noro Cash Iroha and it's pure decadence with silk and cashmere blended with a little wool. It's already a favorite and I haven't even started it yet.Again with the swatching. I like things to fit.LITTLE SECRET ABOUT THIS YARN...I've already knit it up twice into two different sweaters. Pullovers. Fronts. Backs. One sleeve. Part of the second sleeve. Only to realize I wasn't feeling the love and it had to be yanked. I wonder if my grandmother ever frogged a sweater. I wonder how she would feel about frogging it twice.
UGH...I FROGGED THIS ONE, TOO
I went on an unraveling rampage a few months ago. Just took a deep breath, cranked up some music, probably angry hip-hop, and started ripping.This is one of the things that had to go and it was heartbreaking for two reasons:1. I'd never cast on that many stitches for a project EVER. 288. A s**t-load.2. It fit really well...from the waist up.
From the waist down, though, a disaster. The pockets were funky and the linen yarn stretched so that by then end of the one day I wore it, it went from tunic to maxi dress.
I'm giving it another shot, though, with modifications. The yarn in Euroflax sport weight linen. The pattern is Liesl from Cocoknits. I love her stuff so much for it's Japanese aesthetic. So, much, I bought two more patterns for more summer knitting...Maude and Paulina.
I'm gonna need a lot of luck and a long summer to get through my list!
What are you making this summer? Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite summer projects.