Knitting : Excuses excuses….

So a few weeks ago, I promised not to start anything new until spectra was complete. I’m half way there. But last week in utter defiance of myself and apparent lack of self control this beautiful soft color set in greens just would not shut up. It was hanging out on my coffee table, loitering, really. It just sat there mocking me.

On the other hand, I was hanging out on Ravelry (a complete mistake of epic proportions) in the forums and like an idiot was seduced by the shiny. What was i doing on Ravelry, why wasn’t I knitting?!

Lately, there’s a project getting lots of press in the sunshine yarnies forum. I’ve seen it for weeks but wasn’t going to make it. There’s a ton of color work patterns out there I certainly didn’t need to buy one. But as I said, ooohhh shiny! So there I went, shopping and bought the Aranami shawl pattern.

In Japanese, Aranami means waves and that is what this pattern looks like. I think what captured me most about this design is the modular construction. You start with one motif and keep adding on and it grows. It definitely reminds me of the sock yarn blankie. but it’s very simple and you can really do anything when it comes to colors for this. So I was hooked and my pretty green Aloe kit was wound up and I started it! The pattern is super simple to remember and I can just pick up and go wherever without fear of losing place.

I still have not knit much this last week, but I’m making slow and steady progress. It seems like ages since I’ve finished anything. But I’ll keep on, keeping on. Heres hoping this will be complete before new york! And speaking of, I need to figure out a good project to take and knit in NYC. Socks? Shawl? Scarf?

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Knitting : a little progress

So. I’ve made very little progress on knitting lately, but it is still progress. I know I say I’m busy all the time, what exactly fills up my days I can’t exactly say, but somehow, when I get home knitting is usually the last thing on my mind. Usually it’s just REST. I can’t wait to unwind. I change my clothes and get a little slouchy. Often I will pick up the knitting before starting dinner, but lately, not so much.

Anyway this post is about the gorgeousness of spectra. Several of the GK2 ladies are/were making it. It a fantastic pattern and fairly addictive as I’ve mentioned before, however, other random entities got in the way. So I’m still working and have vowed not to start anything new until this is done. So that’s the new plan. I’ll probably have to work out how many wedges I can make in a day and then commit to doing that and have an end date in mind. That it what is helping me finish things these days.

Recently Ann and Liz finished these fabulous fair isle vests which has me itching to do color work again. I was going to buy the same pattern they had, but it’s not really written for my size, so I thought, why not just find another similar pattern written in larger numbers. I can still use the great range of pallet colors offered by KP. I’ll just have to put my own colors together.

Oh and one last commandment, no new yarn until NYC. We are in the planning phases and leave in exactly 4 weeks from yesterday, how excited am I??? So, so very!!

I’ll hopefully be picblogging while we are there. I want to do as much as I can, take as many pictures as I can, but yet still relax. More to come!

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Knitting: Ah, the colors

I’m still loving knitting this project. It’s actually become quite mindless. I can just pick it up wherever I am and KNOW exactly what I need to do and where to go, etc. In any case the colors are awesome. I’ve gone from pink to purple and back to pink again. It’s great seeing the color changes. Very exciting.

Tomorrow will bring a break in Spectra though. The 4th pattern of the Great Cowl KAL 2012 will be released and I have to start right away as this is a quick turnaround. It’ll be due 4 days later on 3/5. I have to ready my yarn. Not sure if I can get it on the swift and through the ball winder or if I should hand wind it? Just not sure.

Here’s an update of Spectra, 19 color wedges are done but this photo was taken earlier with a little less.

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Knitting: From one addiction to another

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Addiction in progress

So not to be too serious today, but I need to talk about addiction.  Addiction has been at the forefront of my life because I’ve just been surrounded in it, always.  Mostly because I am an addict (of many things) and most of those around me are as well.  I also grew up in a houseful of addicts.  Some addictions can be good, like healthy eating and exercising and some can be bad, illegal drugs, overspending money, etc.  Take a good hard look at yourself, I bet you might find an addict in yourself.  And this is not the time to confess or anything, but there is also a saying “It’s all about the moderation.”

But how does one moderate when taking on a new project? In my case, the Spectra Wrap, or maybe it’s a scarf?  No matter… this project is exhilarating.  I am in love and yes… addicted to it.  It’s one of those patterns that is just so easy and captures you from the beginning.  I really was not expecting to be so enraptured with it.  I thought, hey, that’s a cool pattern, I might like to try that some day.  And then I came across this pretty skein of “Crazy Zauberball” yarn and knew it would become this project.  I wasn’t totally enthralled with the purples in my stash for the solid piece of this and I ended up going with this dark grey/brown color called Shadow Canyon.  It’s actually been in my SELL bag, but I pulled it out and wound it the other evening.  It’s probably not the best color pairing, but at this point, I don’t care because the bright pinks and purple of the Zauberball definitely take center stage!

Anyway this is one of those easy to remember, just go with the flow kind of patterns.  It’s part garter, part stockinette stitch, it has short rows which make interesting shaping and if you are using a graded yarn or even different colors for the color blocks, the knitting becomes so much fun to see what comes next.  Good knitting bud, Karen Maxwell turned me on to this pattern.  She’s using a pretty purple for the main color and really awesome striping Noro for the “Color” changes.  I haven’t seen it since she first started, heck, she may be done by now, but in any case, I have completed 7 wedges and want to keep going and going and going….

Addicted.

So when does addiction become a problem?  You neglect yourself, your family, your house, work, you just have to have or do that thing.  For me it’s knitting.  It consumes me, it infiltrates my mind and it’s all I can think about.  Today for instance while working, I’m in my head going over however many wedges per day can I make?  And when will that get me done?  I thought about moderation, there’s 86 wedges, I have 7 done, that’s 79 left.  If I knit one a day, that’s just over 2 months and I’ll be complete.  Two months?!  Two months is much to long, what about 2 a day… or 3 or, maybe 5 a day?  Yes, 5 a day would get me done in just under 3 weeks.  Can I do 5 a day, how much is too much?  How do I lose control?

Addiction.

Today it’s Spectra.  I can’t recall the last time a project gripped me this hard.  I was sort of like that with the kniterati mystery by Janel Laidman in early February, but that wasn’t so much of an addiction as I just really want to get this done because I love it and want to wear it.  Of course that plan fell apart numerous times and now she is sitting on the unfinished back burner… perhaps forever, we’ll see.  In any case, it’s been a long time since I had this uber urge to leave my life, lock myself up with my sweet, sweet yarn and knit until my fingers bleed.