Not that I ever completely stopped in 2014, but there was a severe drop-off in my knitting productivity. At the end of the year, though, I made three pair of mitts, finishing the last one on Christmas Day.
First, a pair of Dashing Mitts for a coworker named Dianna:
Then a pair of Fetching Mitts for another coworker named Rhonda:
Finally, a pair of skinny Dashing Mitts for a coworker named Maresa:
To keep the momentum going into the new year, on Jan. 29th, I cast on a new project. It’s the Simple Lace and Mohair Shawl by Linda Thach. I found it on her website, purlavenue.com after a google search for a lacy cowl pattern.
Thach labeled her pattern “scarf,” but it’s truly a cowl. And a really pretty one, at that.
I cast it on, jumping right into the four-row pattern, but three rounds in, I discovered I’d twisted the join. I’d become worried over those three rounds that the edge was going to curl (as stockinette does), so I had no remorse about frogging it. I frogged it while at a wench rehearsal on Jan. 30th.
And rather than submitting to defeat, I immediately cast back on the called-for 225 stitches… well, 226, actually. I’d decided to work two rows of k1p1 seed stitch before joining it to work in the round, and I needed the extra stitch to make a smooth join later.
Here’s how it looked on Jan 1st:
And two days later, here’s where the project
stands lies now:
This is 20 rounds, including the first two in seed stitch. The row counter says “42,” which means four complete patterns, plus two rounds in the next fifth repeat. The width is around 3.5 inches now, and I’ve about a fifth of the first ball left. I’ve only one other ball, so the cowl’s final width should be between 8 and 9 inches. (I hope.)
It’s not tremendous progress, but my right wrist thinks it’s quite enough for now. It seems I will need to ease into regular and extended knitting sessions if I want to avoid injury. (And I do.)
Before you all start to think really nice thoughts about my diligence, you should know that I promised to knit Juju a cowl a l-o-n-g time ago. In fact, for Christmas 2013, I gave her some yarn and told her I’d be making her present early in 2014. Clearly, I did not. And, in truth, this isn’t the same yarn either. This one is more appropriate for this project, and the color is almost identical to that of the originally intended yarn. So when this cowl is finally around Juju’s lovely neck, it will be at least a year overdue. Oy!
I already have the next project planned, with all the materials waiting close at hand and a deadline of Jan. 16th. That should keep my hands knitting for the nonce, don’t you think?
Hope your new year is filled with love, joy, laughter, and song. Happy New Year, kittens!