Knitting Catch Up

I have been in somewhat of a knitting funk since opening Stash last month.  Overwhelmed with all the lovely yarn and patterns crossing the threshold of the shop, I have found that committing to one project is nearly impossible.  I have been casting on and swatching for a lot of things, but oftentimes rip them out and head back to the search.  When there’s so much of a good thing around, it can be difficult to narrow one’s focus.  So I’m trying to go with my knitter’s intuition and just cast on when the mood strikes, knit with abandon, and enjoy every stitch.  This also means that I haven’t really been finishing much…

Max is curled up on my open laptop while I listen, sip, and knit.

I have been on a cast on spree for both shop and personal knitting. These past two days off from work have been really productive knit-wise.  I’ve been spending a lot of time with PB’s Cowgirl Butterfly Astronaut Vest, and at this moment I just need to complete the second sleeve ruffle and the button band.  I also cast on for the Cambrian Cowl from Coastal Knits in Imperial Yarn Native Twist.  That bulky yarn is just flying off the needles, and is now waiting for me to pick up stitches and knit the flared yoke portion at the bottom.

While working on these two projects, I have also been catching up on podcasts (Stash and Burn, Knitmore Girls) and television (The Walking Dead season 2).  It feels really good to spend some time catching up on these simple activities in between the tasks and concerns of everyday life.  What are you watching or listening to as you knit this week?

Hungry for More

I feel like a newly infected knitting zombie, crazed with the insatiable need to acquire new knitting projects.

Maybe it’s all the zombie movies I watched in October.  Are you watching the Walking Dead?  If you’re not and you like suspense and/or monster movies, you should give it a try.

Then again, maybe it’s the cooling weather and the accompanying desire to be wrapped in warm wool that’s driving me to knitting distraction.

Either way, there has been a whole lot of needle-clicking going on over here this week.

I have been trying to alternate small gift projects with some larger projects for myself.  So far, the small secret projects are winning out, while my new sweater project is still in the swatching/deciding stage.  I have been spending most of my knitting time trolling Ravelry for project notes on these two sweaters, swatching different yarns from my stash, and then knitting other projects while I try to decide on the details.  Sometimes a lot of the fun of knitting is in the daydreaming, don’t you think?

I did cast on a small gift that I can show you: the Stella Pixie hat in Koigu for Peaceful Baby.

It’s a clever pattern, one that has you scratching your head until the moment you can visualize how it will all come together.  Imagine, the cast on edge becomes the back of the neck, and there’s going to be a whole lot of grafting going on to bring the whole thing together.  It’s knitting up quickly, and soon I’ll have a new baby zombie knit to share with you!