Thursday, August 10, 2006

Castonaphilia

I remember a day, back in the spring, when I had hardly anything on the needles. Just the Hike sweater (and it wasn't really on the needles, since the 2nd sleeve hadn't been cast on), the pink Elspeth shrug/sweater/capelet/whatever, a green scarf, and, well, I think that was it. Since then, the sweater is done (yes, I'll get back on the blocking, have patience), Elspeth met the frog bin, and the scarf languishes while I decide if I should start it over now that I've finally figured out how to do yarnovers properly. But, having only a couple of things on the needles makes me nervous. What if I get bored? What if I misplace a needle? What will I knit?!? So, now there are many more projects on the needles. First of course there is the Clapotis, which I started sometime in the late spring. Then there are the green Project Spectrum socks, started in the end of May (no wonder I didn't get them finished). And then there is the lace project, which I have to admit has been sorely neglected because it's complicated and I can't work on it if there are any distractions. That and I'm so afraid I'm going to screw it up and not know how to fix it that I'm avoiding it altogether. And, really I was just itching to start something new. So this weekend I cast on two new things!
Here is my progress so far on the Lotus Blossom Tank:
As of this morning I'm actually 1/3 through the third repeat of the lace, but here is a detail shot from yesterday afternoon:

I am loving this pattern, and the yarn, and I'm SO hoping that it's going to fit in the end. I've been working on it almost exclusively, although I did also start this:

Now of course we know that I love me some Manos, so when I saw this new colorway I had to have it, and so I do. It's not the best photo but the colors are fairly accurate. I'm using the My So-Called Scarf pattern from Sheep in the City, which I've been wanting to make for a long time. I tell you though, you have to earn this scarf. The pattern is not difficult, but it's slightly awkward and very slow, and it's taken me longer than I care to admit to knit as much as I have on this. But I love it, and finally I will have made something for myself in Manos! Usually I just hoard it or make things to give away...

2 comments:

BLACK DOG KNITS said...

The colours are gorgeous. Good choice.

Pam said...

Holy flarking Schnit!

That lace is beeeeeyuuutiful!
Vey nice.

Found your blog again! Yippie!

Thanks for the funny birthday card.