Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In which there is much disscusion of future projects

So it looks like about once a month is about as good as it is going to get posting-wise until next year. Things have been pretty busy with lots of travel (Minneapolis, MN; Clanton, AL; Chicago, IL) and more coming (a trip to Germany, hurrah!). We may also have some interesting news on the job front for DH, but we'll know for sure if it all goes through by the end of next month.

I do, in fact, have a finished object to share....the new hedgehog for Caryn and Randy's girl.

Isn't it cute? I love doing these hedgehogs for kids in bright colors.  I just confirmed that my boss is also having a baby (boy), so another one of these is in progress.  I hope I don't find out that anyone else is pregnant in the next six months, because I want to knit something else!

Then it will time, however, to do a little bit of me knitting. On the needles I have EZ's Snail Hat (Vogue Knitting Winter 2008 bonus pattern) and I plan to start on either Delphine (Interweave Knits Spring 2009 bonus pattern) or the Fountain Pen Shawl (the same issue of IK). All of these are using stash yarn, thank goodness, because I just went and bought this. The winner of the watercolor catagory in Dye for Glory, Georgia Peach. It is so beautiful I want to cry, and I bought 5 skeins so that hopefully, I will be able to make whatever I want out of it and not be stuck with just one skein of an amazing yarn trying to find a small project to do it justice. I know, socks would be perfect for one skein, but socks and I are not the greatest friends still after the RSI incident. That and DH misplaced the socks I started for him. They are somewhere in this house, but I know not where. When they are found, I will continue them.  Or maybe he will finish them, seeing as he has started knitting a garter stitch square that is still growing.  ;)

I am quite excited about how the Snail Hat is coming along, and I like the color even better than I thought I would. This is especially interesting because both yarns I am using are inherited stash (from MIL). However, orange is currently my happy color, which might have something to do with why I like the Georgia Peach colorway so much right now.

I have some doubts about how my Delphine will turn out. I do have the 4 skeins of the appropriate yarn that is called for, but I have it in four colors. I hope grey on the bottom with the white and green in color block sections on the top will look okay and not ridiculous. It is a super nice yarn (Blue Sky Alpaca Silk), the one called for in the pattern in fact and some of my oldest stash (that wasn't inherited).

My goal is to have two projects going on at the same time, but I am not sure how that is going to turn out since I can still only knit every other day for about 60 minutes. It is better, but still frustrating to go so slow, so I might put Delphine on the backburner until the Snail Hat is done (and maybe another hat). Quick knits will save my sanity, but all the light lacy projects are very, very appealing.  Perhaps the Fountain Pen shawl will not be too difficult for me to bring to Germany; I certainly hope so, because it will take up the least space of anything I'm interested in knitting currently and I don't think I can go 10 days without knitting when I am physically able to do it.

In an attempt to fulfill my need to craft when I am unable to knit, I have decided that quilting is another acceptable outlet that minimizes hand usage. There are a few problems with this. First, I do not have a sewing machine, but this will be remedied as soon as I can convince my mom to bring her old one to me. This may be several months yet. Second, whenever I have tried to use the sewing machine in the past, I have failed miserably. I hope this can be solved with a little education on my part. I really like this pattern, but it seems like circles might be difficult. It'll probably be a month until I start on anything, since it will probably take at least that long to procure the needed supplies.

This was an extremely word heavy post.  Hopefully the next will contain more photos!