Monday, April 10, 2006

At my limit

I have always said that I can have only two projects on the needles at one time, three if one of the projects are small. Over the last few months I have learned that I was completely wrong. The truth is, if I have three projects on the needles, one is completely neglected until I finish one of the other two projects.

Take the Dayflower Daydream shawl as an example. I started it back in January. Since then I have completed Rogue, Sweet Girl Socks, Curlicue, and the Dragon Hoodie and have made significant progress on the 1930's style dress that I am sample knitting for Annie Modesitt. When ever I had three projects going, I would cast the Dayflower shawl aside, not knitting a stitch on it and not even taking out of my knitting bag. The shawl is now officially renamed "The Poor Neglected Barbie Shawl."

When I finished the Dragon Hoodie last weekend, I gleefully grabbed The Poor Neglected Barbie Shawl and knit round after round. I felt so happy to be making progress on it again. I even finished the third repeat of the pattern. Finishing three repeats may not seem like a lot, but each repeat is 40 rounds and by the end of the third repeat I had over 400 sts on the needle. So it is a lot.

Then on Thursday, the yarn for the sample knit that I am doing for Yarntopia arrived at my doorstep.* Debbie Bliss Pure Silk to be made into the Cap Sleeved Top. I looked longingly at the pretty yarn realizing that if I cast on for the project, I would stop working on The Poor Neglected Barbie Shawl. What do you think I did?

Purple--the color of royality

That's right. The Poor Neglected Barbie Shawl got its name for a reason. Some day, little shawl, I promise to finish you. For now, I have pretty, shiny silk to play with.

Tune in next time when I discuss the pleasures and pains of pure silk. Here's a preview: Silk + Cables = Meh

* For those who are interested, and I'm speaking to you Yarn Focus Challenge people, I did not screw up and buy yarn! No money was exchanged for this yarn. The yarn still officially belongs to the store. I agreed to do this sample knit over a month ago, but the yarn took a long time to arrived from the distributer.


shetha said...

hehe I'm not even a yarn focus challenge person but I admit to perusing your stash for said silk yarn! You're a good little knitter and when it's barbie shawl's time to be, it'll happen... don't worry.

Jennifer said...

That is a gorgeous color for the cap sleeved top! Barbie will be finished eventually. I have faith!

As far as the Yarn Focus, I would never doubt you.

Rachel said...

Well now that would be a good way to get oneself through the Yarn Focus Challenge. Just order lots and lots of yarn ahead of time and arrange to have it shipped to you a bit at a time during the challenge. Not a technical violation of the rules, right?

I'm just teasing you. You strike me as the kind of person with more than enough will power for this kind of challenge. Maybe not quite enough to give the Barbie shawl the attention it deserves, but a good helping nonetheless.

The cap-sleeved top looks quite lovely!

Meredith said...

Ooh, that is a lovely top! Not sure I'd actually do it in silk though. Especially if you are so unimpressed by silk & cables.

amylovie said...

You think YOU have a hard time not casting on for anything else?!? All that yarn is screaming "KNIT ME!"

I hope you start enjoying the tank more. It will be gorgeous when it's finished.


Rebekah said...

hee hee, that's a great way to try out new yarn doing store samples. I'm too selfish though, I could never give it up in the end!

Mintyfresh said...

I'm all about abandoning projects when something more interesting comes along. No guilt! You'll get around to it eventually.

smokey said...

I'm dyin' to hear the feedback on the silk.

I like a number of the patterns in that book, and I like the 100% silk sweaters i've bought in stores (ohhhh, drape). I'm not, however, convinced that I'll enjoy knitting with silk. In fact, quite the opposite.

Inquiring minds are waiting...

GretchenX said...

Aww, Kitten playing with her fan!! :)

Brutus says hello!

Sheryl said...

That is GORGEOUS! I am so glad you chose purple - one of my favorite colors. I am so excited about finding a way to display this beauty!