Hello, Mojo: a Major KnittingUpdate

I think Miss Mojo is back, folks!

In a half-hearted attempt to win her back, I cast on a Shawl-Collared Cowl. Bulky yarn, big needles, ribbing and garter stitch: it seemed like an easy win, which is just what I needed. This pattern knits up quick and fairly simply, with great results.

The yarn, a hand-dyed merino, cashmere nylon blend from Knitted Wit was a bit of silky heaven to knit with.  I gifted this cowl to a dear friend, but not before wearing it for a few minutes myself.  It is just as soft and warm on the neck as you would imagine!

I was able to give this to a dear friend in person last week while on a business trip to Boston.  The last time we saw each other was at Sock Summit where we enabled each other into buying the yarn, buttons, and patterns for Catkin.  She has since started hers and upon a wee bit of urging I brough along my yarn and cast on while visiting.

I also limited myself to one project for the 5 hour flight to and from Boston: my Haleakala socks.  The second sock cuff had been on the needles for months, and after some focused attention I am now just past the heel turn.  The end is near, and not a moment too soon.  I blew out two sock heels this winter!

During the conference I mainly knit on my Goodale. With its stockinette body and icord edging, it’s the perfect project for stitching while listening and taking notes. I just separated for the sleeves and anticipate the rest of the knitting going along fairly quickly.  Can’t wait to wear this over a flouncy spring dress!

Of course, with all of these projects on the needles, I’m also looking at Stash’s spring shawl knitalong which starts tomorrow.  I’ve decided on the Dancette Shawl but am still vacillating on color combos.  I want light and springy, and colors different from everything else on my needles.  Grassy green and bubble gum pink are two main color options right now, still looking for contrast colors!

In addition to catching up with an old friend and knitting my fingers off in Boston, I was also able to meet a new one!  Well, it almost felt as if I was talking with an old friend, as Katie and I have been reading each other’s blogs for a while now.  Meeting a blog friend in person is always a daunting experience, but has always been worth the butterflies in the stomach feelings for me.  This time was no exception.  Katie and I took advantage of the early spring sunshine to take a walk and eat some sweet treats, all while catching up on our lives, current reads, and a bit of knitting.  So nice to meet you in person, Katie! And yes, I wanted to start reading Catching Fire as soon as I finished Hunger Games. : )

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for hanging in there!  I’ve been missing this space and think about posting often; sometimes it’s just not possible.  So a mega-update is what it takes to get us all caught up and back on track.

 

On Vacation

My knitting mojo is on vacation.

She was here one day, happliy knitting along with me, then she up and walked out the door leaving quite a mess behind her.

I thought we were so happy together, Miss Mojo and I.  We’ve spent countless hours together playing with wool and sticks, making beautiful things.  Naturally, we’ve had our differences.  Like the many times she has urged me to cast on without second thoughts of how all those projects would get finished, or when I’ve had to ignore her a bit in favor of other pursuits. Sadly, this type of mojo misplacement has happened before.

But I miss her.  After all, I’m surrounded by beautiful yarns and interesting patterns all day.  And then some quiet time comes in the evening and I just sit there, hands empty, watching Downton Abbey and falling asleep on the couch.

What do people do with themselves when they don’t knit? I suppose I could spend more time reading.  And for goodness sake, my office is a wreck and the refrigerator could use a scrub…

Let’s not get crazy.  She’ll come back.  She has to come back!

How do you get your knitting mojo back when she takes a hike?

Mojo in Check

My knitting mojo has been nonexistent for approximately 2 weeks now.  It’s a strange feeling to lose something that has been such a part of my daily life.  I would watch tv without doing anything with my hands.  Or ride in the car and just look out the window.  Strange!  I really got a reminder of what my life was like before I was a knitter.

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Hemlock Ring blanket, stalled

I had been trying to force myself to work on this blanket, but my heart just wasn’t in it.  And I didn’t feel like starting any  new projects, so no knitting was happening at all.

This break did give me a chance to work on some other projects.  My little sewing machine has been humming as I work on alterations, hemming, refashion projects, and my first quilt.  All good fun, but not knitting.

Fortunately, just when things were beginning to feel irreparably bleak, I was rescued.  Knitting night with the Stitch ‘n Bitch gals (and one guy last night, hooray!) helped give me the kick in the wool that I needed.  That and the miracle of coincidence…

I was flipping through Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn before heading out last night, and I was struck by a certain pattern.  I wanted something simple, and Spot Check seemed to fit the bill.  It’s essentially a stockinette sock knit in two colors, one a solid and the other a wilder multi.  And as I looked closer at the photo of the pattern, I realized that I had the yarn called for in my stash.  Not just the yarn, but the exact 2 colorways pictured!  It was clear that I had to knit these socks.

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Spot Check in Shibui Knits Peacock and Spectrum

I got off to a good start last night, and have even knit a couple rows on them today.  I’m not going to be so bold as to say that my knitting mojo is officially back, but I will say that I feel like knitting a little bit.  Which is a great improvement!

Hope you have a great weekend, knitting or otherwise!

Sigh.

Well, it’s been a week. Some low-lights: allergies, a death in the family, and the unceremonious loss of the diamond from my wedding ring… And rain.  Lots of rain.

If it weren’t for having to go to work today, I would promptly crawl back in bed and read Twilight until tomorrow. That’s right: I’ve been on a vampire novel jag lately, and having polished off all the Sookie Stackhouse novels I had on hand, turned to the juggernaut Twilight for entertainment. It’s a little bit of a soap opera so far, but I can’t seem to tear myself away!

Very little knitting is going on this week. I finished some socks, so that is progress. And I’m trying to do a repeat on my Hemlock Ring blanket every day. But I feel uninspired to knit, if I’m being brutally honest. These moods hit me from time to time, and always pass in short order. So I will sit back, relax, possibly catch up on housework, and read vampire novels until my knitting motivation returns.