But let’s not stop there with casting on … Olive gave me an idea about knitting needles that she had recently heard: Write down on a recipe card the name of the project and what needles are being used for that specific project. I thought, what a great idea! No more hunting around for needles. So off I went to write down where my needles are. The recipe card idea is almost a big mistake … it shows all the projects that are works-in-progress and what is actually not being completed. Forget that I can find all of this information out on my project page on Ravelry.
Before Olive’s arrival, I had needles on the following projects: a felted projects bag, the Advent scarf (I will admit I am still on Day 7), Corduroy (yes, I have finally started the second sleeve), a beach sweater from this summer’s KnitSimple, a pair of Ann Budd’s socks, Owl’s cardigan, and Silken Straw summer sweater. Yes, I know … that is 7 work-in-progress projects. But let’s not stop there, because I have yarn and I have needles that are just sitting there with nothing on them. So I have now casted on Wingspan for my mindless TV watching - Olive brought us Season 1 of The Killings and we are all hooked!
And then one day last week Olive said, “Hey can you click on Ravelry and find a “market bag.” Sure, Olive! No problem ... We bought yarn on Wednesday for Grrlfriend’s Market Bag and yup, casted on that project on Wednesday night! That makes 9 casted on projects. (Side note: The grrlfriend bag has a really sweet backstory included with the bag pattern.)
|Olive's Market Bag|
|My market bag so far|
But why not make it an even number of projects casted on? We are suppose to be working on a project together in conjunction with Twisted Knitters group that we have called the “2 Sticks” project. It’s an Aran sweater from an old book called “Two Sticks and a String” by Kerry Ferguson. I have completed the collar and half of one of the saddle shoulders.
|The long piece is the collar and the pattern work is the|
saddle shoulder so far
So what projects did Olive bring? She brought a Pure and Simple’s Weekend sweater (she’s on the sleeves now), the “2 Sticks” project, and Wingspan - for which she has now finished and the reason why I have started it. Now these are the 3 projects that I have seen; and yet, she may have even more stowed in her luggage. She did buy yarn to make the Color Affection but that hasn’t been casted on … yet.
|My first triangle of Wingspan|
I have to admit: confession really is good for the soul!
The Martini Knitter