At present count, I have six projects "officially" on the needles.
Okay, you caught me... what this really means is that I have a ton more lying about. The gorgeous lace shawl I started but never finished in time for my wedding... Mark's cabled aran vest which is waiting for me to rip back on the left front so that I can properly begin the armhole decreases which I overshot by two inches... Three or four other lace projects that were meant to be gifts... A slew of half-started camis, cardis and what have you.
I have the worst cases of startitis, "I'm now bored with this never ending bout of stockinette stitch"-itis, ufoitis, and an illness that most hardcore knitters become infected with sooner or later -- an undeniable compulsion to buy yarn. In the past month alone I have ordered yarn to begin three new, fairly ambitious projects. Nevermind the fact that I have carpal tunnel and will probably NEVER knit half the stuff I already have yarn for. I keep setting my sights higher and higher, and new, exotic projects seduce me daily. Thank God for my yarn substitution guides, KnitPicks, Elann and my ability to Google for the lowest prices around.
I have to interject and say that I'm a very lucky woman because my stash runneth over and thensome... and my husband rarely complains about it. But he's got his own obsession to contend with.
So... all that being said here are my current, ahem, official projects:*
Lace Cropped Cardigan:
I found this in the "Free Patterns" section on Elann. I fell in love with the pattern and couldn't shake the idea of making a blue sweater -- a huge departure for me. This sweater was specifically being made to wear with the one pair of jeans I own. I did envision possibly buying a skirt or something so that it wouldn't be a one outfit sweater but I basically planned on this becoming my lounge-in-all- weekend sweater.
I worked on and off on this until it became too bulky to carry or knit on the subway. The bulk of my knitting is done during my forty-odd minute commute so once this project got too burdensome to carry, it got relegated to bedside knitting. Which basically means, it rarely if ever gets worked on unless I get a bug up my ass or a jonesing to try to complete something.
Currently, I have about another ball or so to go before it's finished.
Candle Flame Shawl:
Another free pattern, this time from KnitPicks. After several false starts, I've gotten into a real groove on this project. I have gone through one ball of the yarn and think I'm going to stop at two, rather than the three the project calls for.
Ostensibly a shawl for me, it has an ulterior purpose. If all goes well with our fertility treatments, this will be the shawl I'll swaddle my child(ren) when we have their naming / introduction to society ceremony.
I started working on it in earnest after my first visit to the infertility clinic and have kept steadily at it -- more or less -- since then.
One Skein Wonder:
Recently completed One Skein Wonder:
I've got two of Stefanie Japel's one skein wonders in the works. The one shown immediately above was finished over Labor Day weekend. I made it using two skeins of Noro Iro -- a definite splurge for me -- but unfortunately... it's too freaking big!
I still love it and wear it every evening but I want to make a form-fitting one so I've gotten some Gedifra Living (on sale at Elann, of course) and have just cast on for my next one.
Over the Knee Socks:
Currently this is my main subway knitting. It's the easiest of the lot to tote and knit so things are going pretty quickly on this one...
I'm hoping to avoid second sock syndrome, but I keep thinking of how cute these are going to look with my boots this year and that's keeping me going. I'm up to the part where you shape all the leg increases for the calf so things should be going much, much faster from now on.
I originally set out to make To Dye For from Stich 'n Bitch, but then IK Fall 2006 came out and I spotted the Portland Pullover which called for the same weight of yarn and was an easier (read: faster) knit.
I hate knitting with big (anything over size 6) needles so this has taken me longer than it would most folks. So far, I've finished most of the body and am now working at both sleeves at the same time. I slightly modified the sleeve pattern by improvising a bell sleeve -- which is what attracted me to the To Dye For pattern originally.
I'm hoping to be inspired by a fit of knitting or to set aside a weekend soon to hammer this one out.
Simple Knitted Bodice:
Simple Knitted Bodice, how do I love thee? You look so stylish and I can't wait to string my fine lace yarn with seed beads and use that as my carry-along. You will sparkle, you will flatter, you will shine.
However, I currently despise the humongously long purl rows that the current increases call for. Somehow I've gotten stymied but I just signed up for the Simple Knitted Bodice Knitalong and I'm hoping that being inspired by everyone else will kick my butt in gear.
In fact, I'm going to take this on the train today...
*Said projects can be bumped in status at any point in time by new or fancy patterns, disillusionment, boredom, or the next shiny nickle that catches my eye.