I've decided that 3 is the ideal number of WIPs for me. I'm not sure how I arrived at this conclusion, but at any rate, this is the number I will try to stick to in hopes of staving off unchecked startitis.
It seems like a long time since I've shared an actual knitting project - in progress or otherwise - so here's the lowdown on what's on the needles right now:
It's a secret! This is a new design I've been thinking about (and quite possibly talking/blogging about, too) for quite some time. I think I knit the prototype a year or two ago, and I am just not getting down to the business of deciphering my notes and putting them into something that resembles a knittable pattern. This project is exciting for two reasons: 1) it's the first project I've cast on using my brand new Knitter's Pride needles! 2) I'm finally knitting with the two gorgeous skeins of Quince & Co. Chicadee Tyler got me for christmas (in *cough* 2010).
Project the Second:
Birthday hat! I couldn't stand it any longer - the beautiful skein of Skein Tyler gifted me in November just has to be knitted up! I've had my eye on the Pebbled Beanie from Weekend Hats, and it's knitting up beautifully. Unfortunately, this isn't going to be a weekend hat for me. I'm not sure who would be able to knit this pattern in just a few days' time, but I am not that person. I'm bogged down by the tiny needles and the way they kick up my knitter's thumb; unfortunately, the pattern stitch is also a little slow (it's knit inside-out, which involves a lot of purling on top of a knitting-into-each-stitch-twice design feature), although I will say that it's easy to memorize. All in all, this hat - whenever I finish it - will be gorgeous. It's the perfect project for this colorway, and I know that I'll wear it all the time in all its cashmerino-y goodness.
A sweater for me! I blogged about this in December, and it's finally happening! I cast on for the Abalone Cardigan using some Malabrigo Silky in Matisse Blue. Man, it's a vibrant colorway! Considering I mostly wear black, brown and gray in my day-to-day life (you know, when I actually get out of my pajamas), I find myself wondering if this is the right choice for a sweater for me. I think it will be pretty, though, and I could probably stand to inject a little color into my wardrobe. Perhaps it will be finished in time for the June TNNA show! The pattern is for a super-tiny-size, so I'll be doing some modifications that I'll try to post for future knitters to use as reference.
What you see pictured to the right is a rather pathetic first attempt at a gauge swatch; I am determined to re-learn crochet via Vicki Howell's Crochet Lab Craftsy Course. Besides trying once more to master crochet so I can make adorable amigurumi toys, I'm also excited about trying out my brand-new ergonomic Knitter's Pride crochet hooks (sorry for the blatant product placement there, but I love trying anything labeled "ergonomic," apparently). We'll see if it sticks this time!