So much to knit . . .
. . . and so little time. I’m overwhelmed with all the things I want to get started on!
I guess I was a bit lazy when I posted an updated photo of my Simple Knitted Bodice. I thought I should show more than just the finished sleeve, so here’s a better picture, showing all the work I’ve done thus far:
NOTE: The links below are all on Ravelry. I apologize to anyone reading who doesn’t have access.
Before the Tour ended I’d already decided to knit this (Ravelry link) shawl. I’ve never knit a shawl before and I don’t really think of myself as a shawl-wearing person; but I do know that I get cold in the wintertime, even just sitting around my house. So why not knit a shawl?
She calls it an Ugly Shawl, but I think it’s gorgeous. I plan to use the Berroco Foliage I showed at the end of my last post.
Even before I found that pattern, I’d been contemplating some socks. I’ve got so much pretty sock yarn I’m just dying to try out. I bought the Lang Jawoll with the intention of making the Small Capitals socks from Sensational Knitted Socks . . . but that’s been pushed back for now.
I also stumbled across a couple of socks patterns while reading blogs of some of the KAL participants (I’m sorry — I didn’t take note of which blogs they were and now I can’t remember!). I ended up adding Knitty’s Spring Forward and rpm socks to my queue, so I should thank the bloggers who brought them to my attention. Thank you, whoever you are!
But all this was put on hold just two days ago when my mom mentioned that she’s preparing to knit a baby blanket. One of my nephews and his wife are having a baby girl, due in September! They already have two adorable little boys — and I have to admit I’ve never knit them anything, never even considered it. But suddenly I was seized with the desire to knit something for the new baby, and I chose the One Skein Hooded Baby Sweater, which looks like this. I’m using some lavender Plymouth Encore.
Now, I’ve cast on this project and am making fairly good progress (let’s not mention the silly mistakes and the ripping back I’ve had to do); I’m excited to be knitting for a baby for the first time in my life — and yet I’m now getting distracted by another, more selfish project.
For the last few weeks I’ve been having trouble with what I’m pretty sure is tendinitis (or tendinopathy, as my HMO likes to call it) in my shoulder. I’ve tangled with this plenty of times before, but never in my shoulder. I’ve been trying to self treat and avoid going to the doctor, but I know that if it doesn’t go away I may have to ask for a steroid shot (I had one for my thumb tendinitis a couple of years ago and it worked wonders).
In the meantime I need to get serious about icing the area, which I haven’t been doing. It’s kind of a hassle to hold an ice pack on my shoulder; it does seem to help the shoulder that’s hurting, but it also puts strain on my other shoulder — on the arm that’s doing the holding. Plus, I’m wrapping the ice pack in a paper towel, which seems pretty wasteful to me.
So I decided I should knit myself an ice pack holder from kitchen cotton, so I can reuse it indefinitely. And it would be really nice if I could slip it around my arm and it would just stay there without my having to hold it. I actually have a piece of knitting started that I can adapt for this use. It was originally going to be a dish cloth; then I decided to make it larger so I could turn it into a toaster cover. At the moment it measures approximately 8 x 11 inches, and I think I can easily adapt it if I make it a little larger.
Hmmm . . . I was just loading my latest photos onto my computer and I realized I haven’t shared my latest yarn acquisitions yet. I’m going to add them to my stash on Ravelry soon, but here they are:
Gems Opal in Citrus Orange
Gems Opal in Eggplant
Louet Gems fingering weight in black
And I thought this post wasn’t going to have any interesting photos!
Just for fun, here’s a photo of my pit bull relaxing at home. Lucky dog!
Bye until next time!