I just couldn’t do it.
I couldn’t be project monogamous. I had to start a new project. I really like Coraline. I love the cashmere scarf. But I just really had to start something new – I missed that new project feeling. You know, the feeling when you rummage through your stash, look at Ravelry and find just the right pattern, the right yarn and start something new. I used to have a lot of projects going at once but then I realized the more I started the more I didn’t get done. So I tried to have one at home project, and one commuting. Which worked for a long time. But last week I just needed something new. And I’m really happy with it.
The yarn is Ellen’s Half Pint sock yarn – my Ravelry stash shows I bought this at Maryland Sheep and Wool. I haven’t gone to Maryland in at least three years, so this is old stash. I picked it out for a simple reason – it was already wound up. When we painted our bedroom I put my swift and ball winder away in a box and I haven’t unpacked yet. So when I was rummaging through the stash for something new, I didn’t want to pick something that I’d have to wind up since I’d have to do it by hand. I had started a pair of socks for Dan with this yarn but it was too pink so I put it back. But its perfect for now and I’m enjoying it.
The pattern is Sunday Swing Socks from Knitty – a very very nice pattern, especially for variegated yarns. My cast on is 64, and it worked out perfect for this yarn; no pooling and just nice little stripes. I really love how the pattern looks and I think this may make my “have to make it twice” list. They are top down, and I’m really enjoying the knit. I’m just about done the first sock and I think this will be a quick pair. In fact, I like them so much that I didn’t sleep on the train at all yesterday and knit all the way in – very unusual for me as I normally pass out half way there in the morning!
We have had a little bit of change in the house recently.
Last Saturday Dan (on the left) moved into his own apartment, and we got our office back. We are very happy for him, and I know he’s much happier in his own place. I will miss seeing him every day but I have Facebook to harass him with!
Larry and I painted the trim in the office on Sunday, and today Larry painted the walls. We picked out a color we thought was close to what was there which is a dark gold. Going on the paint looked like a something between 70’s appliance gold and carrots – I was a little scared. But it dried into a very pretty color – sort of like a dark butternut squash (I know – sounds weird but it is pretty) – and I’m very happy with it. We have to move our desk back in and get it all setup as an office/guest room again (we had everything in our bedroom while Dan was living here). It will give me more room in my bedroom and a place for my Mother to stay with us when she gets here next week.
I was planning on going to Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend – as I said, I haven’t been in a few years. But I don’t think its going to work out. We have a lot of things to do this weekend to get ready for my Mom’s visit – we still are getting our bedroom back in order, and now the office. Plus we have three graduations coming up and it’s just not the best time for me to have that much temptation to spend money. I really went back and forth on this – Maryland is my favorite fiber festival – but I know that I wouldn’t be able to go and still get everything done I need to – and I certainly can’t go and not spend money. So I think I’m going to skip again – but I may go through my stash and remind myself that I’m really not all that deprived! But I’ll enjoy seeing all the pictures and reading all about everyone else’s good time. Maybe Rhinebeck!
OK, time to go play with Penny. She’s harassing Ruby (who is feeling better by the way) so she needs to be distracted. Have a great week (and weekend!)