Almost, but not quite…

On August 8th I posted the following list of things I wanted to get done before school started:

Get Frank hat knit, written (doing this as I go) and to testers

-Get vest pattern written and to testers (which really is ALMOST there)

Finish crochet and knit traveling wrap groups (at least the shawls currently in my possession)

-Finish Limestone Shawl – FOR ME!!!!!!!!

With only 3 days (counting today) to go…I’ve crossed out what I’ve actually gotten done… Now…Frank is ALMOST written up… I have photo’s and tutorials to do for it which I’m planning on taking care of this weekend, but other than that…it’s a workable pattern.  The vest….::LeSigh::…is coming along.  I have not dedicated nearly enough attention to it (it’s pissed me off and currently in time out…math sucks).  The Limestone is one repeat away from starting the edging…so WHEE!!!!

I have also picked up Avery’s sweater…some of you may remember it…  Josh Bennet’s “Man’s Cabled Cardigan” from Vogue Knitting, Fall/Winter 2009.

   

It’s Classic Elite’s “Portland Tweed” in Best Teal.  Avery picked the pattern and the yarn.  He has good taste.  I finished the back, both fronts a while ago…like last fall awhile ago… and since rescuing it from the UFO pile on Wednesday, I am currently plugging away at the sleeves (doing both at the same time).  After the sleeves are done and attached, all it needs is the buttonband/colllar picked up and worked.  In case you can’t tell, the buttonband/collar is 1×1 ribbing…about 6 miles of it.  I will suffer, but it’s gonna be an awesome sweater!!!

I only have one crochet shawl left in my Traveling Wrap groups…completely done with the knitting group…just waiting to get mine back.  I did get my crocheted shawl back yesterday…it is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!  I’ll snap some photo’s this weekend so I can show off everyone’s hard work!!  Can’t wait to get my knitted one back, too!

Happy Weekend!!

 

P.S. I have about 6 sets of Yellow Finch’s arguing over Echinacea flower seeds outside my office window!!  What a show!

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25 Days and Counting…

That’s what I have left until school starts… 25 days…it seems like nothing and SO LONG at the same time. As my last post stated, I have a ton I would like to get done before school starts and only 25 days to get it done in. UGH!! I also have to freaking wait a whole 25 days until school starts!! UGH!!

See what I mean?

I’m struggling here lately, on the knitting front. I have these things that I NEED to do which is vastly different from what I WANT to do. After these NEEDS are done… It’s gonna be a whole lotta WANT for a long while…at least until school is done. I will have precious little crafty time and I ain’t making nothing I don’t want to. : )

I think one thing that is gonna be at the top of my WANT list is a sweater for myself. I have a sweater’s quantity of Brooks Farm Mas Acero in a lush, snappy grass green that will just make you swoon it’s so lovely. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet… But I have 1600 yards of loveliness to use!!! Tho… I may stick to small, easy, portable knits while in school. Projects I can pick up and knit a few rows on here and there. I think my brain will be pretty much occupied with school stuff, work and lack of sleep and I will just need some serious brainless knitting. I may lose my mind with the dullness of it, but at least I will have things that I will actually finish…maybe. ; )

I’ve been spending some time lately reading the blog of one of my favorite designers, Jared Flood . I’ve been following the new version of the blog for a while now, but I decided to go back to the beginning and start reading from the oldest entry… I’m almost done with the second year of the blog…I am stunned in what a short time frame he went from what seems like a relatively new-ish knitter to a awesome, inspiring, fresh, hip designer (no, I don’t like him at all..can you tell??) ; ) And now even has his own freaking yarn line, Shelter Wool ! I am so very impressed by his talent and growth over the short five years since he started the blog. I hope to accomplish as much some day. For now, I will collect all my ideas and keep dreaming!

Speaking of designers…my top fave’s (at this moment), in no order…

Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Jared Flood

Josh Bennett

Stephen West

Amy Herzog

There are, of course, a million others…but these seem to be catching my eye in a very good way…especially Mercedes… I have yet to see something she has designed that I don’t want, NEED, to knit….hmm….perhaps her Girl Friday will be the answer to my Brooks Farm yarn!!