Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Still No Socks

The hand/arm issues have gotten better, but I am still unable to knit more than a few rounds on a sock every couple days. At this rate, the three socks I have in progress will be finished by.....2018?!?! Hopefully patience will win out and I can get back to sock knitting in some capacity by mid-to-late summer. That was a pretty depressing sentence to type just now, but I would rather work within my limits and focus on really fixing the issue for the long term, rather than trying to find a short-term quick fix. In the mean time, I am allowing myself to start new projects, so long as they can contribute variation in yarn weight/needle size/project type, giving me options to choose from when I am able to knit.

With that in mind, I decided to start a Grivola shawl with this mondo skein of handspun Coopworth in a natural dark chocolate brown that is already giving me fits to photograph.
I am nearly finished with the Astrid Hat in Naturally Nazareth yarn (if you missed my review of the book which this pattern appears in earlier this week, click here to check it out!); it's been a little slow going because I have to take a lot of breaks since the gauge is a little tight (worsted weight yarn on US 6 needles).
I've been focusing most of my knitting efforts on my 3-Color Cashmere Cowl, which is a pretty good project for on-the-go knitting, and it's pretty gentle on my hands, too (DK weight on US 6 needles). On Monday night we saw Blonde Redhead play a free concert in Millennium Park and I took it along; it will also be my travel project for TNNA in DC this weekend.
I have a million projects on deck for once I get back from TNNA, and I'm sure I will come home with more yarn and pattern ideas aplenty. This Friday, I'll be sharing my finished Merope mitts; you can also keep up with me on Instagram if you want to see what's happening at TNNA in real time (otherwise, you'll have to wait for my event recap after I get back).

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