It's been a pretty hectic month or two here, so when an opportunity came up to get out of town for a few days, I jumped at the chance. Theo may never speak to me again, but Thursday I packed up Bernie, some knitting projects, and a few less-necessary things like clothes and headed out for some ALONE time.
Now, this would have been a perfect WIP-reducing weekend. Instead, I made a second white chemo cap,
You might think I would be getting tired of chemo caps by now, but they keep finding their way to new owners and I still have a few balls of the yarn to use up, so
Did I take along Andy's sweater or the Pi shawl or any of the existing WIPs? Of course not. I took
a new baby sweater. One of my cousins and his wife are expecting their first baby, so I thought the Baby Reefer jacket in purple would make a nice, gender-neutral gift, though the double-breasted buttons might make it a bit more feminine than masculine. I tend to be of the opinion that it shouldn't matter, but I have discovered that this opinion is rarely shared by the fathers of little boys. I've never worked out how certain shades of lavender or green threaten anyone's masculinity--nor exactly whose masculinity is being threatened by non-blue colors in the first place, but this seems to be a big thing. Still, it's a cute sweater pattern, and if the end result doesn't look machismo enough for someone who is still breast-feeding to wear, I'll put it in the baby gift bin to await a girl baby or a more secure father....whichever comes first.
I have started with the sleeve, as those are usually my least favorite part to knit, and managed to miss a line in the instructions telling me to add 6 stitches when I change to stockinette. Oh well. It will still work and I'll just make the same mistake on the second sleeve so they will match. It's probably going to be a good thing in the end, as I am making this with just a little less yarn than the pattern calls for, so a slightly narrower sleeve will save some yarn, which is good as this yarn has been in stash for a few years and would be pretty difficult to match in any way--which, apart from potential suffocation from a stash avalanche, is the biggest risk for a yarn stash.
When one is trying to finish 111 projects in one year, simple projects that are easy to complete are REALLY the best idea. So, of course, I started a new quilt:
And, remember my asking you to step in and bring me to my senses if I ever decided to make that pink jacket again?