finishing and magical thinking

Still more stuff just flying off the needles!

I'm trying to establish healthy, sustainable habits in all areas of my life (diet, exercise, work...), so what about knitting? I'm making a valiant effort to finish up my teaching projects from one session of classes at Churchmouse before I start the next.

To wit:
1. The Turkish Bed Socks are DONE!

Pattern: Turkish Bed Socks - A Churchmouse Classics Pattern
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (what else?) – a colorway I shamelessly bought right off one of my students from my Linen-Stitch Scarf class, when she needed to swap it out for a new color. (And I therefore don't have the ball band to tell you what colorway # ... sad, because it's scrumptious!)
Needles: US 2-1/2 (3.0mm), DPNs

These are definitely coming with me as the ersatz slipper choice for my next hotel stay.

2. The Somewhat Cowl will be DONE later today!
(Just a dozen or so rounds left on the second sleeve.)

Pattern: The Somewhat Cowl - A Knit & Tonic Pattern by the fabulous Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Debbie Bliss "Eco Baby" Cotton in a rich, deep navy blue
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm), with US 3 (3.25mm) for the cowl neck ribbing.

It's not often that I can take the time to knit a second one of anything – I have far too many ideas about what to knit next to allow me the luxury – but this was a no-brainer. The first Somewhat I knit (out of Blue Sky Alpacas "Alpaca & Silk") is hands-down one of the best-fitting, most flattering sweaters I have ever knit for myself. Period. Every time I put it on, I get compliments; and what gal doesn't like to hear "You look gorgeous today! Hey - did you lose weight?"

The only modifications I made to the pattern were these:


  • Purl darts rather than K2,P2 rib as the bottom edging, and around the sleeves.
  • Added more 'girlie shaping' and some bust darts thanks to the fabulous workshop I got to take with Deb MacLeod at Churchmouse last month. I braved short rows and under-bust double-decreases!
  • In my first Somewhat, a mistake turned into a design feature: I bound off the neckline too tightly, which didn't allow me to fold the cowl collar to the inside and tack it down the way Wendy does. When I tried it on the first time (in my hotel room in Quebec City, on the Vogue tour), I flipped it to the inside to see how badly I needed to change it and ... voila! Tthe (rather deep) neckline was thus made more modest. I like the intrigue of it as it's not sewn down. So there.


So as these things roll off the needles, I'm rootling through the UFO bin to see what I can tackle next. But of course, there's that little voice on my shoulder saying "You just finished two things! Can't you start something new? Just think of all those gorgeous summer tops in your Ravelry queue, just itching to get done before fall. Just think... Just think..."

Get thee behind me.

To quote Boyhood (in response to my all-too-frequent salvo "Hey -- I've been thinking...."):
"Oh no. Not again!"

I think I hear that Featherweight Cardigan calling my name.