Well, Hello! Long time no see~~~
I’m nearly finished with my Psych final project! Just six more days of intense writing and it’ll be over. I’ll have a week off and then my final class, Creative Writing. I’m hoping to learn a lot I can apply to writing my blogs. I’ve really missed knitting, and I’ve missed writing here, as well. Last night, in a fit of rebellion, I took time to order yarn for yet another sweater. It’s a cute little cardigan that I’m going to make in “Fiesta Red” 100% cotton worsted weight Dishie yarn from Knit Picks, www.knitpicks.com And, since I was already looking at yarns, I also ordered yarn for a potential quicky shawl…..aaaand an afghan kit that I’ve justified by telling myself it’s something simple I can take with me anywhere because it’s made in blocks. (Yeah, riiiiiight. . . think sheepish happy face with halo here) Well, it is winter (almost) and I need something in a bright color to brighten all the gray and rainy days. With that in mind, the yarn for the shawl is Chrome Fingering yarn in Smoothie—lovely sunrise/sunset/orange creamsicle colors. The afghan comes in two color hues, a neutral combination called Decor and a bright combination called Rainbow. Guess which one I ordered. ;o)
Progress on the infamous purple sweaters has been v e r y s l o w—as in not happening. I’ll use my week off to catch up with things I’ve put aside while I’ve been finishing my classes. I can’t wait to get back to a schedule that’ll allow me the time to knit and get reacquainted with the creative side of my brain. Usually by this time of year I’m trying to finish small projects for Christmas gifts, but this year I’ve declared an official We’ll do Christmas in July holiday. Everyone has been so understanding and supportive of me while I’ve neglected family and friends to stay focused on finishing up my last classes. Next year, I’ll be back to my routine of beginning projects in January with the idea of having them completed by Christmas. I’m the queen of procrastination, but I’m determined to use the freedom I will have after graduation. I’ll keep you posted. . .
Because I feel a certain degree of accountability to all of you, I’ll work harder to overcome my persistent habit of beginning projects I somehow don’t finish. I want to have finished projects I can share with you. I confess that I feel sincere envy as I follow Alice’s prolific creations on www.futuregirl.com. After four years of nothing but school, I’m going to have free time….forty-eight days and counting. Whoo hoo!
Here’s a picture of the cardigan. Try to imagine it in my favorite winter color–Rrrrred!
I’m sorry the photo is so bad, but I took a picture of the pdf file on my desktop. The full pattern cover is really pretty, but too much to include here. The pattern is Lady Kina (English version) from Ravelry, www.ravelry.com, and it’s free! (There is errata for this pattern, so if you get it, be sure you get that, too). It’s in European sizes because the original is in French. I had to look up conversion information to translate European sizing into US sizing. I was surprised because it’s incredibly easy! You just take the European size—in my case a generous 46—and subtract 30 to get the US size. 46-30=16. Et voila! (get it, French??? lol) Bear with me, I’m punchy and cross-eyed from spending so much time studying. A good example of that was this morning when I went back to Ravelry to check on the pattern and discovered they conveniently provided size conversions. Missed that last night—but it’s good to know how to do the conversion if I ever need it again.
I’ll be back soon….in the meantime I’ll be missing you.