so close

in pieces. hermia, rowan studio 4
I was this close to completing a sweater this month! unfortunately work and cooking for thanksgiving got in the way of that personal goal of mine. I didn’t end up with any progress shots, which is unusual for me, but I think this time I just wanted to knit without thinking about. rather, I worked on this sweater when I needed a pause, a time to think about other things. it’s pure luxury to have cashmere sitting on your desk during those breaks.

I bound off the collar last night with almost no yarn to spare. now I just need to find some time to block and seam this baby, which is always my downfall. I really can’t wait to wear it around this winter though so I know I’ll stay motivated and get it done this month.

mistake rib scarf
I already started another project though, this time for my brother. he’s been asking for a scarf for the last year and I finally decided it was time to cast on for it. my only directions were 1) it had to have red in it 2) not be a solid and 3)he likes stripes.

I’ve had this yarntini sportweight in ‘luxury’ for over a year I believe. it was during that “I want to knit knee highs” phase and I thought it would be soooo funny to knit burberry socks. jess sent the perfect yarn my way but I couldn’t bear to break open the little bags she sent them in (I seem to have this problem with a lot of yarns in my stash). my brother needed a scarf though (he lives in chicago!) and this yarn has marinated long enough. after looking through a few of my books last night I decided to go with the mistake rib pattern from lmkg – simple but not boring.

stolen moments
my brother won’t be the only one getting a scarf this winter though. I’m being selfish and knitting myself a big ole chunky merino stole. after I saw amy’s version a few months ago I knew I had to have one. I started it some time before the wedding, but haven’t worked on it since. I even took it with me on our honeymoon, but I’ve found that I don’t like knitting in planes and when you’re running around in kauai the last thing you want to do is knit with chunky merino. unfortunately, this will still take the back burner to my brother’s scarf but I’m determined to have it done this month as well.

are there any projects you’re dying to get off the needles before the new year?

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  • Wanett December 1, 2007 at 2:23 am

    I hope to finish Wicked for my sister. I fear she may start cutting up the knits I finished instead of working on her sweater. I only have the pocket and short sleeves left but I can’t seem to do it.

  • Leah December 1, 2007 at 8:55 am

    I really love the scarf! I’m sure that C will appreciate it’s coolness!
    I didn’t even know you were knitting that wrap!! It looks so squishy & comfy!

  • Bryony December 1, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Blimey, what don’t I want to get finished right now? Everything on the needles has been there for what seems like forever… :S The big thing is a baby blanket before the baby isn’t a baby anymore – maybe I can get away with shrinking it to lap blanket size (or foot blanket).
    And btw, I’m loving the book! I have it on order at the mo as a Christmas present from a relative yet to be selected πŸ˜€

  • Veronique December 1, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Well, I’m dying to make Olga’s Sensual Knits cover jacket!! Technically, it’s not even on the needles yet, but it will be πŸ™‚

  • connie December 1, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Well, there are some projects I *have* to get off the needles before the new year – deadline projects for magazines. But other than that, I’ve been wanting to knit socks for myself for forever and I still need to knit a knock around cozy cardigan. So yes, lots of things to knit, too little time!
    Your works in progress are gorgeous. What is the cashmere becoming? Something in that Rowan Studio mag?

  • Wanda December 1, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I know how you feel. I really wanted to finish Ariann that I worked diligently through November to finish, but I am actually pretty close. I’m almost done with the collar and this garment doesn’t require any seaming of parts, but I’ve still got a bit of work to do. That’s my goal for today!

  • Steph December 1, 2007 at 11:49 am

    I love the color you’re using for Hermia (which looks a lot like the color I’m knitting with right now, also a Rowan Studio project πŸ˜‰

  • Adam December 1, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Wow. I love the Burberry scarf so much, I might just stalk your post office and steal it. It’s absolutely sublime to see that classic patterning knit by hand.

  • Teyani December 2, 2007 at 2:47 am

    oohhh.. love that stolen moments..

  • stacey December 3, 2007 at 9:31 am

    very nice – that will be a cozy, stripey scarf!!! funny how we just let some yarns sit and sit and just enjoy looking at them….can’t wait to see the blue sweater all blocked!

  • jenna December 3, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Egads! I just looked up the Hermia pattern and holy moly that thing is going to be SOOO friggin’ fantastic in cashmere. (Well, what wouldn’t be, right?) But I love the cowly neck and the big fat cuffs. Perfection.

  • tiennie December 3, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Your knits are so lovely!

  • carrie m December 3, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    your project all look yummy enough to eat. and i know how you feel about being soooo close to finishing ..

  • Felicia from sweetgeorgia December 21, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Your Stolen Moments wrap… looks SO cushy and comfy. Mmm.