Well, I actually do have something finished to report on.
Ribbed Chameleon II
During our very briskly cold December past, my son got to wear my Ribbed Chameleon I scarf and soon started to lay claim to it. It became clear that I would have to make him one. It turned out the yarn was on sale at Village Yarn & Tea, so there weren’t a whole lot of color choices in Karabella Chameleon, but I chose a blue/yellow combo. The whole thing was knitted up in a matter of a few car rides and he’s quite pleased with it and insists on wearing it even in the mildest of weather.
Pattern: Ribbed Mini-Scarf by Celeste Glassel
Yarn: Karabella Chameleon, colorway 3214 (one skein)
Needles: 4.0 mm/US 6
On the “non-progress” front—
Grand Duchess is in limbo until I can figure out how many stitches I dropped, and even a life line isn’t much help. For such an undertaking I need about 2-3 hours of uninterrupted time during the day. Now, where am I going to get that? Here’s a thought that crosses my mind when I knit this: mohair and lace are two words that probably should never be mentioned in the same sentence and, therefore, should never even enter anyone’s mind for a knitting project.
Nantucket Jacket is currently stalling for time, because I’m now almost back to where I frogged it the first time when I decided the size I originally chose would be too big. Now I’m trying to determine where to incorporate extra stitches for the bust in the smaller size without making huge changes to the stitch pattern. If it weren’t for the sizing issue, this would breeze along, but I find it very refreshing to knit, and I particularly like knowing that I’m using stash yarn as I work on it.
Bird’s Eye Shawl is back out of hibernation because I went to a concert at Benaroya Hall last Monday to hear the amazing violinist Julia Fischer play with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (what a wondrous match-up that is). I really wanted to take something with me, so Birds Eye happily volunteered itself for the mission. And good choice it was, as it made a perfect concert companion. Since then I’ve been enjoying it’s companionship in car rides or during occasional quiet times in the afternoon while my son plays with his toys. I know it well enough now that I’ve become pretty good at fixing it without ripping out one single row when I make a mistake. I just wish it didn’t take so long to make one row.
Matcha Market Bag, for those of you wondering, is in hibernation until spring. After all, it’s really another lace project and I truly love lace, but at this time in my busy life, lace is probably the last thing I should be knitting.
Rib Knitted Shrug is also in hibernation, and at this point, may never see the light of day again.
Purple Autumn, of which I have not said much, is also hibernating. It’s a sweet little project, but how many lace projects does one need to make at the same time?
Big news: for my belated Christmas/every-other-2008-gift my husband gave me a Nikon D300 DSLR and it arrived this week. The crazy thing is, I’ve been using a simple point-and-shoot all along, and I feel like I’ve been driving a minivan and have been put behind the wheel of a Maserati and can’t even figure out where the ignition is. It’ll probably be a while before you see any product of this camera, but while wandering around 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle in the sun today with all the tourists, I kept looking at different things to photograph and I am delighted with the possibilities.