Here is what we are mostly doing today: reading and knitting and enjoying the view from our deck.
I realized something the other day. This year, there are five Mondays in the month of November. Monday is my regular day off (I work 10-hour days from Tuesday to Friday), so that’s five days this month that I don’t have to go in to work.
Also, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving are all state holidays in November. Tomorrow is the last day that I have to work this month. Times like these make me even more thankful for my full-time permanent salaried position with the state of California.
All of these days off = more time to knit, or crochet, or sew, and do as I please.
A big advantage of knitting a sweater from the top down is that you can try it on as you knit.
I spent a good part of the day knitting the ribbing on the cuff.
When I got to what seemed like wrist-length, I bound off the sleeve.
And got this:
I’m not thrilled with the edge of that sleeve. I’ll probably frog all that ribbing and do something else later. (Oh! Maybe bracelet-length sleeves with a crocheted edge?) In the meantime, I’m going to start the second arm. I’m pretty sure a couple of my neighbors were wondering what I was doing out on the porch, taking selfies in what appeared to be a one-armed sweater.
Okay, I’ll be honest: I got bored after crocheting a few more rows on the Coast Ripple afghan. So I set that aside and looked at what else remained in the WIP pile.
There was this:
This is a knitted top-down sweater that I started about two years ago. The yarn is Berrocco Lustra, 50% Peruvian wool and 50% Tencel Lyocell.
As you can see, it’s missing an arm, a neckline, the rest of the body,
and a cuff.
I think I might accomplish finishing one cuff today.
So here is my progress on the knitted mitered squares blanket. It currently measures 23″ by 15″. I have to be honest with you– I’m not sure where I’m going with this thing. Should I just turn it into a slip-on cover for a throw pillow? Make it a baby blanket? Set it aside and work on something else?
I am really trying to resist starting a new project since part of the reason I started this blog was to get myself to finish all of my works-in-progress by the end of the year. There are only about 43 days left in 2015…
Last December, I made a sort-of New Year’s resolution that I would complete all of my knitted and crocheted projects in 2015 and put an end to the assorted WIPs cluttering my home. The problem is that I didn’t resolve not to start any new projects in 2015. And a couple of weeks ago I took a class in knitting mitered squares and couldn’t resist starting a new project.
So here it is, less than 50 days away from the end of the year, and I wonder how many squares I will be able to knit and whether I will have a baby blanket or an adult-sized afghan to bring into 2016.
I finally bound off the second Cabin Fever sock, thus finishing a project that I started back in July. I don’t have any more socks that need to be completed or mated. I’m trying not to start any more new projects this year and just finish the ones that are still in progress. I’ll let you know how that goes.