Cardigan, Knitting, Scarf, Shrug

Can’t Stop Starting

It’s official. I have been self-diagnosed with Start-itis. I’m afraid it may be terminal, because the stress is killing me!

I can’t seem to stop putting new projects on my needles.  Remember Rivel Cardi and Vestpa? Both in a deep deep sleep – coma-ville, in fact. Vestpa may even end up in the frog pond (ripped out, for those not famliar with the jargon)…I’m just not excited about it anymore.  Still love the design, but the yarn isn’t doing anything for me.  I think it wants to be cables or allover texture, or something…anyway, I digress.

The Start-itis all started back in late May when I accidentally happened upon Carol Feller’s 100th pattern celebration knit-a-long (KAL) of Ravi . I’ve never done a KAL before, and this pattern was so intriguing and looked like a relatively easy knit to keep up with, so I signed on.  Here’s the photo of the finished deal from Carol’s site, Stolen Stitches:

Here’s my progress as of a couple of weeks ago. I’ve done several inches more of the body since this:

The pattern calls for more of a sport weight, but I’m using fingering (Adirondack merino fingering [dark turq] and Sirino [light turq], which is a silk blend). Due to the lighter weight, it’s taking FOREVER to get the length I need in the fingering weight. I’m going to incorporate some of the darker blue into the neckline…it’s going to be very cool, people…wait and see…

The Ravelry notes for my Ravi are here: NicoleKneedle’s Ravi

So, while I was waiting (impatiently) for the first KAL clue to arrive, I started this little number from some sale yarn I bought at the Button Boutique when I worked there during the month of May.

This is Peggy from Sublime Yarns book #647 – The 2nd chic Sublime bamboo & pearls dk book:

I’m doing it two-tone dark brown and off-white.  Here’s what I got done before I cast on Ravi:

I would have loved to have used Sublime’s Bamboo and Pearls, but they only had goofy colors available to my LYS, so I’m using some Panda Silk DK. It’s crazy soft and drapey. Yum.

My notes on Ravelry are here:  NicoleKneedle’s Peggy

Theeeeeennnnn, at the end of June, we went on a road trip to the Okanagan, and I thought (pffft….as if I was thinking at all….pffft) that I could quickly whip up a little white shrug to wear over my navy blue dress at a wedding on July 7th.          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!       I know.  Here’s the pattern I figured was totally doable in a week while travelling and whatnot:

This is from the same book as Peggy.  It’s called Gina:

Gorgeous, is it not?  I’m using Paton’s Grace in pure white.  I thought it was a bit stiff at first, but it’s turned out to have good drape and body.

Here’s what I have so far – not even one-half done to date:

I suppose it’s possible that it will be finished before the summer is out, but I doubt it.  Which is just sad, really, because it will look awesome over that navy dress. Sigh.

Aaaaaand, last but not least, I’ve cast on the Shaken Not Stirred scarf by Wendy Gaal, which I need to finish before my almost mother-in-law’s 90th birthday in early October. I thought I’d better get it moving along because it really needs to be done on time, so it needs to move up the food chain pronto.

Here’s the photo from the pattern (the scarf name above is a link to the website):

And here’s where I’m at so far:

I’m using ShiBui sock yarn in the colorway Anime. I’m actually just a smidge farther along today after getting a bit of car-knitting done. My gorgeous, inspiring mother-in-law and I have shared many a martini over the years, so this is a special project for us both. I’ll be very excited to post the finished item in a month (or two at most, gulp).

So there you have it – four new projects on the needles in less than two months…AND I came this close to casting on a hemp dishcloth a few weeks back. I think I might need an intervention…

I’m very anxious to have the finished garments to wear.  The KAL will push me to get Ravi finished, but I don’t know how I’m going to complete the other two AND finish the martini scarf in time, unless…

…I stop sleeping at night. Sleep is overrated anyway.

Until next time, with NO NEW PROJECTS and progress updates on the ones on the needles.

In the meantime don’t forget to knit – it’s good for you!  (and I hope my raging case of Start-itis isn’t contagious!)

Cheers, Nicole


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