The needles are still.

Not for too long, but I have been righteously felled by some daycare malady or other and today is the first time I’ve felt human since the weekend. I know it’s bad when I can’t even feel the pull of a new project. Now that my Sheldon blanket is very nearly done–needing only one more border–I’ve been nosing around for something new to do. Must! Finish! Whenever something is about 95% done, I start to lose interest and want to abandon it and work on something newer, with fewer mistakes in it. Don’t tell my thesis director.

I’ll probably cast on for En Pointe next, because I might want to wear it to a wedding later this summer. The Ravelry projects I’ve seen with Aloft have been just lovely so far, and I can’t wait to work with it. Other than that, the search for the Just Right Summer Sweater has been pretty fruitless. I seem to want things that put me squarely in the nexus of the universe. Not too hot, not too bare, not too old-ladyish. Must accommodate undergarments. Must be more amazing than something I could buy for half the price. It’s just yarn; I ask too much.

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3 thoughts on “The needles are still.

  1. “Whenever something is about 95% done, I start to lose interest and want to abandon it and work on something newer”

    It’s like you’re reading my brain! But in a good way.

    As for cute sweaters, I don’t know what exactly you’re looking for, but I can highly recommend Rowan 49. I’m obsessed with half the sweaters/cardigans in there.

    Or, you could check out Twist Collective.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/madrigal is SO pretty, and I’ve knit two of the patterns from her book Vintage Baby Knits and I loved them.

    Or perhaps http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/devonshire ?

    • Oooh, those are great! I love Fancy from Rowan 49, and Devonshire. I never really know what I’m looking for, but I tend to know it when I see it. I’m going to have to spin by the LYS and see the rest of it–there were only a few pictures from that issue.

      I’m just going to have to force myself to finish that blanket. I mean, one border, man! One evening of work! One problem has been that there are a million ends in the striping, and they’re hard to weave in. I’ve made a run at it, but I’m not happy with how it looks. I’m considering backing the blanket just to satisfy my inner perfectionist about its appearance. Wool has it all over cotton/modal on that score. There are more places to hide ends in the Sheldon toy.

      • Fancy is beautiful!

        I saw a really nice technique for weaving in ends in garter stitch in the latest Debbie Bliss magazine, I think the garter stitch rug or something? I didn’t buy the issue, though. I believe you mimic the curve of the garter ridges or something, but I don’t know how well it would work on cotton.

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