I'm almost done with the Mona socks. In fact all I have left to do is seaming. But have I finished? No. When I reached the toes, instead of doing kitchener stitch, I cast around for something else to work on.
|I'll finish these before Friday to maintain my self respect.|
Feeling guilty, I pulled out my husband's sweater that was supposed to be a Christmas present. He didn't mind when I set it aside in favor of the holiday baking and the niece's and nephew's presents. But now I don't have any excuses. Well, maybe I have one excuse . . . The pattern uses the unusual construction technique of first casting on for each sleeve lengthwise, then knitting from the back hem to the underarm, at which point you join the left sleeve to the back while using short-row shaping. I started on it, but when I lined up the left sleeve with the back of the sweater it just didn't look right. I'm slow sometimes, but it didn't take me long to figure out that I had cast on for 2 right sleeves! After figuring that out the other night I went to bed without knitting any further.
|That little ribbed area is the cuff, |
it's supposed to be at the other end!
Later in the week when I had time to knit, I couldn't resist casting on for a whole new project. I've had my eye on the Antonia Shawlette ever since I happened upon the Family Trunk Project blog and patterns. I had been resisting new cast ons because I want to finish up some WIPs before heading off to Stitches West in February. But then this luscious yarn arrived in the mail:
It is Plucky Knitter 50/50 Silk Merino that I won from Z Knits . . . and Sews 5th blogiversary contest. It was a nice surprise, especially as it arrived in the mail the same day I posted my own blog contest. I feel so lucky! It was a perfect match for the Antonia shawlette pattern. The shawl was inpired by a classic novel, Willa Cather's My Antonia, while the yarn color "Funny Affair with Tiffany's" was inspired by some classic movies. If I am looking for an audiobook or movie to keep me busy while knitting, I'll have plenty of relavent works to choose from. Thank you Zonda!
I will try to focus in hopes of not spreading my case of startitis around town! It may be hard though after reading about interesting knitting projects on the WIP Wednesday list at Tami's Amis.