When I first started knitting about 10 years ago, I would only have one project on the needles at a time. I would work doggedly until my current project was finished, including blocking, seaming and weaving in all the ends, before I would even consider starting on a new project. Fast forward and now I find myself having multiple projects going, not only knitting, but spinning and weaving, too. I guess I get excited about a new project and about a third of the way through, the bloom is off the rose. Also, as I feel any time spent without knitting in my hands is wasted time, I frequently take a small project along when I know I’ll have to wait, i.e., doctor visits and car repairs. I did take some knitting to a football game tailgate and was sorry I left it in the car when I went to the game. Anyway, I have three projects underway right now. The first I’m just starting on. It’s a child-sized knitted backpack that I will felt once it’s done. I just have the base and about two rows of the sides done. I’m using Paton’s Classic Wool in a deep burgundy shade. The design is mostly a basket weave pattern on the sides, back, and bottom but the front has cables and bobbles.
My second project is the “to go” project. It’s a simple cowl with alternating cable stitches running the length. The pattern is simple enough that I can commit it to memory and don’t have to worry about charts or loosing my place. I’m using Caron Spa which is a silky soft bamboo blend in a taupe gray shade. It has a slight sheen and is super soft. Great for wrapping around your neck and keeping out the chill.
The third project is nearing the end. It’s a lacy shawl with a beaded border. This pattern has detailed charts and is intricate, but not hard to do. I knit this pattern with a thin cotton yarn before and liked the finished product so much I felt compelled to do another one. I used a silky alpaca lace yarn in an apple green shade. I bought this yarn for a different project that didn’t work out and just couldn’t find the right pattern for it until now.
I always love how blocking lets the beautiful lace pattern emerge. While I’m knitting it, I feel like I’ve got a “hot mess” on the needles and I’m convinced that I’ve made a thousand mistakes. Once it’s blocked and the pattern is visible, I can’t find any errors. I guess a warm bath works the kinks out of knitting just as well as it does people.