Isn't Ava being a sneaky little one? She's being secretive & I'm coming clean. I've been lying again & that's no way to start off the new year. If you look at my WIP list, I've got 2 things. It's kind of true, but not really. My WIPs' haunt me. Especially if they aren't listed in the sidebar. But sometimes I can't write them in. It's like waiting for a call from your doctor to tell you if the burning sensation is normal or something from the dirty frat boy you "talked" with last weekend. You'd rather not have to think about it.
So let's get it out. First, Babette still sits in a bag that hangs on our bedroom door. I see her every day & even moved her when the bag is needed. Since it's an afghan, I don't really count it. But I would like to fall back in love with her in 2008. So she'll stay put.
Second is an owl that I bought from this esty seller. I still really love the pattern, but I chose the wrong yarn. I've hardly made a dent in the project, so I'll rip & find something else. At the same time I bought this pattern & after seeing her finished one, I'll rush to the stash soon after my needles clear. Or if someone needs a quirky gift. You know? Whichever happens first.
And the one listed on my sidebar that isn't getting any action, the Knee sock. Well, I'm putting her out of her misery & sending her to Sock Heaven. I'm not sure why I started a pair of knee socks. Years of Catholic grade school can cripple a gal. Topped with having to wear them everyday for 9 years & hating you legs is no recipe for finishing a perfect pair of knee socks. I inherited my mother's bowed legs & for years I hated wearing skirts or even shorts. I've come to term with my crooked legs, but my love for skirts never really returned. But if you've read the blog for any amount of time, you know that I hate to shave my legs more than anything else. OK not as much as bubblegum, but I'll save that for a 2008 What you Don't Know about Two Black Sheep post. Freeing up the my favorite needles will leave me free to start a very vanilla pair of socks. Ones that can be accomplished while in a medicated haze or in the company of visitors. Now which of my 2 newest pretties to choose?
So that brings us to the newest ones for 2008. There's one WIP that has been on the needles for a while & it's only fair that it gets some recognition. It's my Buckeye Blast Cordelia sock. This was the yarn that Ava traded & then graciously sent my way. I love Cider Moon & wish they'd come back. I had success with my Sock Pal's yarn, and I'm looking forward to seeing TBA in his EZ ensemble. But this yarn is no friend of mine. It splits more than any other yarn I've ever knit with. The swirl is made by statically placed k2tog's & k1fb. The yarn makes it a challenge on every round. But so far the yarn hasn't really pooled & I like how the swirl shows up in my favorite team's color. I adore the pattern & can see why Bordhi loves this architecture the best. I just keep trucking away on the sock. I still have a ton of yarn left, so I'll knit until I run out. The problem is, I'm getting to the point where I can't try the sock on to plan some increases. So it may have to wait until after TBA.
But the big one that's been occupying my time has to be my Saddle Shouldered Aran Cardigan. I plotted & planned for this one. I made my swatch cap & settled on 3 cable patterns: Sheepsfold, Ensign's Braid & a 12-stitch Horseshoe. I wanted a tighter fit sweater than the one featured on the pattern. After the swatch cap, I did some math & now I'm just praying that it'll fit. Just like Meg Swanson recommends in the pattern, I'm keeping my swatch as a reminder that the pattern will stretch & flatten with a good blocking.
I think my plate is pretty full with good solid knits for 2008 (can't forget Honeybee). Tomorrow night, you'll find my sitting on the couch flipping between a Cops marathon & CSI marathon. With Gus, I was addicted to Law & Order, SVU. We almost gave him Elliot as a middle name, that's just how obsessed I was with the show. This time, CSI (the original only) has gotten into my pregnancy hormones. I'm not sure that TBA's first name flows well with Warrick, Gil or Nick.
Happy New Year!