If you've been reading here for a while you probably know that I rarely have more than 2 or 3 things on the needles at once. I tend towards serial knitting, only allowing myself to start something when a WIP has been completed. I do this for a couple reasons, with the primary one being I like to actually finish things and when I have long stretches of time where I don't complete a project I start to get antsy and impatient.
The WIP count in the sidebar accurately accounts for my 3 main projects, two of which are very long term (shawl and sweater) and one of which has become long term because of some odd mental block against them (socks).
In an effort to give myself the satisfaction of finishing something, I started in on a baby sweater last week. A quick, easy project that I could start and finish and feel accomplished about. I cast on for Daisy
with some WoolEase from the stash. I knit up the body over the course of a several days - even my "quick" knitting isn't too quick lately. As soon as the body was complete, I realized I hadn't enough yarn to finish the sleeves, and that even if I did, I hated the piece - the color was wrong, the yarn was yucky, and in the time I had taken to knit it, I could have easily finished the socks that I've been gestating for almost as long as it takes to build another human. I took the needles out of it and threw it in the garbage.
Then I cast on for this.
Much better. Its amazing what loving a pattern and a yarn can do for your productivity. Please ignore the fact that my socks could have been completed in the time I've spent on my "instant gratification" project, I sure am trying to.Project Specs:
Pattern: EZ Baby Surplice, from Spring/Summer 07 Vogue Knitting
Yarn: Handspun, Chain plied "Cricket" BFL from Hello Yarn
Notes: I think I still like the looks of the traditional EZ Baby Surprise Jacket, but this is a nifty pattern too. Buttonholes all along the bottom edge, so can grow/shrink accordingly to fit the baby. This yarn is some of my best handspun to date, and I will be sad to see it go. But its going to a wonderful new baby boy, whose Mama is the closest thing to a sister I had during my formative years, so special yarn is most certainly called for.