It feels like all my projects are moving forward in slow motion lately, probably due to the amount of time I am spending on the garden. And the heat! Third heat wave of the summer, second of July. It has been amazingly, uncomfortably hot. I have finished up a few knitting projects, though.
First, the shawl from March, finished Sunday night:
It came out great. It looked very crooked on the loom but when I took it off it relaxed and the rows are straight, which is a relief. It was also a relief not to have to look at it sitting on the loom every night after 4 months. I figured out a new way to knot the end threads which makes a much nicer fringe and I'm happy with how it came out. It's long enough to wrap completely around me and throw over a shoulder, which is convenient. It also means I can use it as a table runner. I was joking about that originally and I am slightly amused that it is actually long enough. I know that there is a way to plan out a project with measurements, warping, etc., but I just eyeball it, warp the loom and go. Maybe some day I'll plan out a project fully. Of course, I've always said, "Maybe some day I'll block my finished knitting," and it hasn't happened in 17 years, so there you go.
I also finished the scarf version of the Socrates gloves:
I ended up using 3 skeins for the scarf, and knitting the first four rows of the rib pattern over and over again to make the scarf. I am pretty sick of this pattern right now, so even though I have 3 skeins of the yarn left and vague plans to make a matching hat, I have stashed that yarn for the time being.
Also on the needles - socks for Halloween:
I started these socks on July 5 and will probably have them finished by this Friday, which is two weeks and a new record. Because I am using the Classic Socks pattern (again) I have discovered that I can actually read my Kindle while knitting at the same time. As much as I like patterned socks, being able to multi task is amazing. (Also a little startling to some of my fellow commuters, who have commented on the knitting-and-reading thing.) It has been long enough between pairs of socks that I am very excited to be working on them, and plan to start a second pair for myself right after I finish this one. I almost don't even need the pattern anymore, I've done this pattern so often. I should be thinking about Christmas gifts (and I am) but I decided to focus on myself for a couple of projects since I don't usually start in on the holiday gifts until August.
I am undecided about what to start next on the loom - part of me wants to do a couple of scarves, for gifts, and part of me wants to take another crack at making a blanket because winter is coming. The irony is that I was finally motivated to finish the shawl because I was tired of looking at it, and now the loom has been empty for almost 48 hours and it's driving me crazy. I know a scarf or two would be a fast turn around project which might be fun (and would give me more items for these blog posts), but then I think about how cold it was this winter, and all the yarn a blanket project would use up, and I'm tempted. Such decisions.