What have you been doing?

Really, what have you been doing? I want to know.
While I wait to hear from you, I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing…

I have been keeping myself pretty busy. The air has gotten crisp so the knitting is in full swing. I am almost done with Bob’s Crazy Carnival socks, knit up in Colinette Jitterbug (in the Mardi Gras color, if by some strange twist of fate you want to snap up a skein of this for youself. More than likely, you may just want to note the colorway to avoid it because it is crazy bright!) I also have been working on the second draft of the Erte Cloche which is also knit in Colinette Jitterbug but in the Bright Charcoal colorway. (Can you tell I am in love with this yarn?) For some reason, my initial gauge got tighter when I actually started knitting and I swear I swatched (cross my heart and kiss my elbow!). So after completing the hat once, I frogged it and started over. I am on the inside brim now so I should be done with it soon.

I’ve also decided that I don’t have enough projects going so I want to participate in NaKniSweMo, the National Knit-a-Sweater-in-a-Month. Yes, I know I’m being totally unreasonable seeing as how I’ve only ever finished one sweater in my whole knitting career but, the way I see it, the world was built on seemingly unattainable goals. I may not be trying to prove the world is round but I have to start somehwere.

Its been a bit of a frustrating process to choose yarn and a pattern that are actually willing to play nicely with one another. First, I chose the Easy V-Neck pattern from Glampyre Knits and swatched up no less than three different yarns with no less than two different needle size only to realize that me and the Easy V were not going to be fast friends. So I thought maybe I’d just try to finish the V-Neck cardigan that I’ve had on the needles since the summer but I knit a little further only to be dejected at the idea of finishing a mercerized cotton sweater in springy lime green just in time for Thanksgiving. Nope, that sweater is not getting done now right now.

I went back to my old faithful tome, Modern Classics by Louisa Harding to find a cardigan I could knit in a cuddly warm yarn ready for burrowing into the couch for the long winter. I was able to use two of the yarns I bought for the Easy V-Neck on two different cardigan patterns so which do I choose?

Choice A: the worsted cardie with seed stitch edging with a nubby grey Queensland Collection Kathmandu or…

Choice B: the twin set cardie in Rowan Calmer?

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