Catching Up

I knew it had been a while since I posted here, but I had no idea it had been nearly so long. Sheesh. I do have a blog elsewhere that I’ve been using more for my adventures in knitting, but there’s just no way I can keep up with two blogs, so I’ll have to decide what to do about that.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had started knitting recently. It’s been about 10 months now, and I’m still loving it. As of today, I’ve completed 19 projects. I currently have four works in progress (WIPs), two of which are very close to being done, and four unfinished objects (UFOs). Naturally I have a bunch of projects that I want to start soon too, but I’m only planning on a couple of them in the immediate near future. One is a gift for a friend, the other something I’d like to have as sort of a housewarming gift for myself if I actually buy a home this fall (a little more on that below).

I don’t yet have photos uploaded to Flickr for everything, but here a few of my favorites.

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I knitted this for a scarf exchange through Facebook, and it uses a fingering-weight yarn. I started knitting it only about six weeks after I started knitting, and loved how it turned out. I loved the colors too, but have the same yarn in a different colorway in my stash ready to knit a second one I can keep.

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I’m knitting a bunch of these this year as gifts, but this is the first one, which I made for an exchange on Ravelry. I can probably knit this in a couple of days pretty easily, but when the kitchen cotton ends up doubled at the top, I have to take breaks from it.

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This is actually the very first part of a wrap, which I knit in February. The wrap is sort of a sampler of different techniques (these are mitered squares), without about 19 more parts if I remember correctly, plus a crocheted border (it’s been quite a number of years since I did any crochet), so it’ll be a fun learning experience. Other things keep coming up, but I hope to get back to this wrap this fall.

I actually have a couple of things going on in the rest of my life, which is usually not the case. Last week I started actually going to see homes (townhouses and condos) I might be interested in buying, rather than just looking at them online. I’m going to see one or two more this evening that are more in the area I’d prefer, and one is ridiculously close to the yarn shop I hang out at a bit. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing — less mileage for getting there (and if I got it back in condition, I could probably bike there), but so, so close for making purchases. But then again, when I have a mortgage, I’m going to really need to outline a knitting budget and stick to it. It’s not like I don’t have enough yarn for probably at least 20 projects already!

A week from tomorrow I’m heading out to upstate New York to visit my friend Jessica for about 10 days. We’re still working on an itinerary, but our plans include going up to Rochester to see a Red Wings game (probably on Sunday the 30th), spending a day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, heading to Saratoga Springs for a day to sightsee and check out the horse racing; seeing the new Harry Potter movie (I’ve seen it, but certainly don’t mind seeing it again with Jessica, who has not yet), and taking an afternoon or two to check out the yarn shops around her area. Of course I’ll also be seeing at least one performance at the Glimmerglass Opera, which is where Jessica works, probably La Traviata on the 25th.

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