Last weekend, I was filled with renewed energy for making, but it quickly turned into the energy of the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Instead of running around with a clock around my neck yelling,"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date", I was running around making lists, running up and down the stairs collecting supplies from the "studio" downstairs, and thinking of more and more projects. "I must make, I must make!" Let's just say, I did not get everything done on my list(s). I did manage to finish up a work project and finally clean up the pattern.
This pattern will be available very soon and I'll post a link as soon as I can.
Then it was time to make some sheep. I've been making these little sheep for my friend's Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser for at least 8 years. Every year I think that maybe people are getting bored, but every year there is a request. Last year, I was unable to attend but the bag for the tickets went out anyway, without the sheep, and I promised to make one. I never did it. The sheep were cut out, three of them, and they sat on my shelf, mocking me and my promise, until the eve of this year's fundraiser. There was no way I was showing up without the sheep I owed and some new sheep.
While I was making them, I realized I never get tired of them, even though I don't have any of my own. They are just so cute and full of personality. I find myself making up little stories about them and writing little Match profiles. " Annabelle enjoys the new, tender shoots of Spring's first grasses the best. She prefers grazing at sunset and the sound of cows in the meadow..." Just kidding. Sort of. (Annabelle has the pink flower. Alice and Crystal have slightly more refined tastes. Just saying.) At any rate, I finished 5 sheep and felt the satisfaction of getting a sheep shaped monkey off of my back.
As far as the other hundred projects on the list, they sit there waiting patiently like the sheep.
Now for Starts! My Favorite.
I bought 2 skeins of Juniper Moon Findley when it was on sale last month. I think I can get the original long version of "Rooshed" and the shorter version out of these 2 skeins. Turns out my buying, and starting, a new "Rooshed" foreshadowed the loss of my beloved original "Rooshed". My dear friend from college came to visit and I couldn't resist the way the color of the original "Rooshed" picked up the low-lights in her hair, so, now she has it, and I don't.
Oh, to be a ginger! That hair. Now, I need to get moving on this one. I wear that scarf all the time.
I also bought yarn, yesterday, to start another Chevron Baby Blanket. I can't seem to stop knitting the same patterns over and over again. These patterns, in particular, are like meditation for me. I don't even have to look at the pattern anymore.
The first section is nearly done and the other skeins are wound into very satisfying cakes of neutrals and colors. (I'm beginning to change my mind about the ball winder, but that's a rant best saved for when I have nothing else to talk about.) I chose to use Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton this time. The top looks like a sunburst!
Since there is obviously another baby coming, (see blanket above) I also couldn't resist buying some more Berroco Modern Cotton to make "Baby Showers". Oh yeah, I haven't talked about THAT yet. What have I been doing?
I mentioned "Baby Showers" in my previous post, it's the sweater I designed in honor of all the babies being born. It's a quick, easy, top-down raglan and hat set. The directions are written for one size only, perfect for a baby shower present.
I've knit 5 already and just cast on for another one. This time I'm striping the whole thing! It's my ode to sherbet.
In really exciting news, the Berroco Design Studio Blog found the pattern on Ravelry and asked to feature me in one of their designer spotlight posts. It took me by surprise when it showed up in my facebook feed. I'm totally blown away.
It's just started to rain here, making it a perfect afternoon for some knitting for babies, arguably the best kind of knitting there is.