That said, the year started off on a good note. I have ten skeins of Valley Yarn Northfield in purple haze in stash and on January 1, I cast on the Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. I knit every day for four days and then I lost steam, but I got pretty far before I took a break:
Taking a break is good, as long as you intend to go back to the task at hand. And I will.
Sidetrack - But I wanted to make the Barley hat by Tin Can Knits too - while it's still cold outside and my nephew can still wear it. Having a winter hat during winter - especially considering how cold it is around here - is good. So I cast on with my Masham hand spun and knit, then I was ready to decrease and bind off when I realized that my US #8 needles are gone.
I'll pick up the needles I need at Vogue Knitting Live, if they have needles there. If not, I'll order some. No problem.
Sidetrack - Now, instead of going back to the sweater, I decided that a quick crochet potholder would be quick to finish and give me some satisfaction. I haven't held a crochet hook in years! I found some Sugar and Cream cotton that I bought years ago to make dish towels with and cast on:
Ouch! Crochet hurts!
Sidetrack - So, I went back to the socks I started last month: Cable Rib Socks by Erika Alexander:
Nice sock, nice design element -
but I think I might be playing yarn 'chicken' because the first sock is so big I'm worried about having enough yarn for the second sock. Yikes! Instead of stressing out, I just put the sock down.
Sidetrack - So, off I went to use my new-ish Turkish spindle, and spin this quarter of an ounce of fiber from Into the Whirled (one of a kind superwash merino):
Score! I was able to finish. Talk about a small victory, but a victory all the same. It might be 10 yards after plying, but it's finished - almost.
Do you see a pattern here? It's January and I'm already off track. This doesn't bode well for me at all!