Has anyone else stayed up way too late to finish something you’ve wanted to get done for a while? The whole time you sit there, you know you should go to bed and get some rest, but the light at the end of the knitting tunnel is in sight. You have to make the call of going to bed and finishing in the morning or afternoon, or just toughing it out and just getting it done. I had one of those moments last night, I was able to make some really good progress on the Rhinelust this past week. I took a bit of time off of work, just to relax and recharge, not to mention get some serious knitting done. Well this is not a serious about of knitting, but I am still proud of myself. I spent four days with my significant other and while he played video games, I knit a lot. I was able to get through about four or so repeats of the main chart and by the last evening, I was ready to start the decrease chart. Which I did not knit that night, since it was late and we both needed to sleep. So then when I got home the next day I proceeded to knit through the first repeat of the decrease chart, but I did not stop there. I went into the second repeat of that chart and ended about halfway through it.
Yesterday I was able to go to my knitting group for more then a few minutes after getting out of work early and I knit on the chart again. Granted I did not get a lot of knitting done, but I was able to get the chart complete by the time I got home. Then it was just decreasing to complete the triangle shape. I knit and I knit like a fiend, my needles were a little concerned I think. Around midnight I could see the end of the project coming closer and closer. I had to make the choice to just finish it or knit a little more and get some sleep. I decided to finish it and I was super excited when I bound it off. I just need to weave in the ends, block it, and get something to wrap it up in, so it can go to it’s recipient. When I am back at work, I will give it to my coworker as a thank you for covering me while I was away for Stitches, where I got the yarn, and for this long stint. I think she is really going to like it, I mean who would not love a Merino and Silk scarf like this? If there are people that would not, I think they need to have their head checked, because it’s gorgeous and will get softer when it’s blocked. I still have a little yarn left, which just might be waste yarn or maybe I’ll make something out of that as well.
When I was getting closer to the end of this project, I started to really think about what I wanted to make next. I had a few ideas of what I wanted to start next, many of them demanded I start them right now. But I could only choose one, since this monogamous knitting kick is still going fairly strong, well I am working on two projects at a time. The socks you must be wondering about, lets not talk about them right now, I have not touched them in weeks, but I will get back to them since they are super fun. But for now I needed something new, something exciting, and using the yarn I bought at stitches. I narrowed it down to The Nelson Pullover or The Joker and the Thief which I still could not decide on which to start. I swatched for the pullover this morning/afternoon, for which two swatches were needed. One in plain stockinette and the other in the cable pattern that runs down the sleeves. Let me tell you something, I forgot how nice standard super wash merino can be, this yarn knits like butter. That yarn is Yowza by Miss Babs in the color way Blue Slate and it just spoke to me when I was at stitches. I really like knitting with it, but the gauge the pattern requires makes this yarn a little looser then I would like for a sweater, but I am going to let the swatches finish drying before I pass judgement. Yes I did pin it out to get the needed gauge, it kind of looks like I’m performing some kind of voodoo on my knitting, which is kind of true. I am bending the gauge to my will, hopefully, but as we all know gauge does what it wants.
The other contender is all wound up, just in case the swatch does not come out like I want. I think that this will be a perfect yarn combo for this pattern, especially because it is Canon Hand Dyes Bruce Yak for which I bought the natural and a 6 color set in the same base. I am super excited for this too, it is just so deliciously soft and screaming at me too.
I think I am going to just have to sit here and wait for the swatch to dry, or maybe I should do something more productive. Maybe I’ll finish the seaming on my sweater on the machine, I’ll talk about that a little later. But I will say, I can no longer fly with this sweater, which is a good thing.