Sometimes you are just ready for a project to be completed and you work on it for longer then you anticipated. Maybe you decide almost near the end that you need another skein of yarn so that you can finish the size you wanted. Then you think well I have enough yarn for the larger size, so let’s do that. And then halfway through it you find out that you don’t have enough to complete the pattern as written. So you decide to cut out a color and bind off. That’s exactly what happened with my Dotted Rays shawl, I ended it early on the larger size, ending with the charcoal. Wove the ends in as quickly as I could and even a week later I still have not blocked it. It look pretty good as it is, but I know blocking will make it even better. With that off the needles it was time to turn my attention over to another project. With more then one project on the needles I get a little antsy, but I’ll be ok with having the two that I decided on. The first is my Viajante, which I have had languishing for a little while now. It’s not that I don’t like the yarn or the pattern, both are excellent. It’s just the long amount of stockinette that I have ahead of me I’m not looking forward to. But I will say it’s perfect mindless knitting or traffic knitting (yes fully stopped) and just I can’t think knitting too. I did a bit of work on it after completing my Dotted Rays, probably a good 4″ or so, but it is hard to say. I will say that for how autopilot this is and for how little I work on it, it is making some nice progress. Maybe sometime before the end of the year I will have this done, but that might not happen. Stay tuned for that.
The second project is a new one that I have been looking at for a while. I was going to buy the book it was in, but I decided to wait and I’m glad that I did. It became a downloadable PDF on ravelry and so I bought that pattern (and 4 more, can’t blame me for getting one pattern free, I was weak). Then I had to figure out what I was going to make it out of. I decided to stash dive and pulled out two skeins of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Rain Water. So with yarn wound, needles in hand, and pattern at the ready I cast on. I first tried one of the patterns I bought thinking that it was borderline that it would work with the yarn. It didn’t work, the time and effort to get the pattern was wasted on the yarn. Even though it probably would have been fine, but I wanted to do something else. Remember that pattern that I wanted? I decided that it would be perfect for the yarn and I was right. Once it was cast on I just knit and knit, until the pattern was appearing on the needles. It is perfect for the yarn in almost every way. I decide to knit it out of a sport weight even though the pattern wants a fingering. And I’m using a needle size one smaller then I would normally, but I think the pattern and yarn will make a nice fabric once it is blocked. That pattern if you are wondering is the Open Waters Shawl and it is so much fun to make. I brought it along with me to my first day at a new job, oh I forgot to mention that, but it’s not important for this blog. I knit on it when I could, in the morning on breaks, and have been enjoying it immensely. I still want to knit with some of the Apple Tree Knits yarn that I have, but I have not decided which one I will work on first. I think for that I will need my U.S. 4s which are currently in my viajante. So once that is done I can decide then what I want to knit next. For now I’m going to rock these two projects until they are done. That might be a while though, since time available to knit has gone down quite a bit. But there are no complaints there, I’ll knit when I can.