It’s Summertime! What does that mean?

Well, for me it’s all about 3 things:

1. Lace: I joined the summer of lace and started a few projects. I’ve got the Bird’s Nest Shawl from Piecework magazine in the works with some stash yarn, the Goddessknits Anniversary Shawl going in some white Zephyr laceweight, and I am about to cast on the Heartland Lace Shawl (pdf)in a different Zephyr colorway. I want to get the Heartland lace shawl done quickly. I usually am able to do this with Evelyn Clark patterns, as they seem to be fairly easy to memorize (except for that Flowerbasket shawl, which hated me).

(Ooh, the new Piecework has an excerpt from Nancy Bush’s new Estonian lace book, along with a pattern.  I am sooo getting that!)

2. Socks: I joined the Summer of Socks 2008 (Flickr link for those without Ravelry) this year and have steadily been making progress. I finished these
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They’re the Salish Sea Socks by Cat Bordhi

Yarn: STR Mediumweight in Bella Coola (yarn and pattern from Dec 07 RSC)

Needle: 2.5mm Knitpicks Classic Circs

Started: 21 June 2008

Finished: 26 June 2008

The pattern is toe-up, and since I don’t usually buy 2 of the same size needle, I did these Magic Loop, using Judy’s Magic Cast-On. They ended up a little baggy, but I think that might be normal, as I saw that others had that same problem with the pattern in the Socks that Rawk Ravelry group. It’s OK though. They’ll still get worn and my mom likes the colors.

My next project is the Crosshatch Lace Socks from More Sensational Knitted Socks in a colorway of Yarn Pirate Yarn that I got with her Booty club.
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I’m knitting these toe-up ML as well. I’m determined to figure out how to get them to fit properly, and I really do like the ability not to lose stitches with the circulars. The problem is, I don’t particularly like this BFL yarn base of hers. It’s super thin to me, and very splitty. I definitely would not have bought it in a store. My goal, though, is to use up some of the handpainted yarns that have been sitting around here for too long. I’ve got 9 more balls wound up into cakes, and have bought 2 extra GoKnit small pouches to carry everything around in. I finish one pair and the yarn and pattern for the second pair are ready to go. Hopefully that will get things moving steadily along and I won’t get stuck with Second Sock Syndrome.

3. UFOs: Man, I’ve got a ridiculous pile of UFOs hanging around here. I need to get moving on some of these. It doesn’t help that I’ve got 4 or 5 blankets in progress. My goal will be to have them all finished by the end of the year. I’ve already committed to finishing my sister’s Tilted Duster during the Olympics. Everything else needs to get selected one at a time and worked on until completion (around the lace and socks, of course). I think first will be my brother’s striped log cabin blanket. I will focus on that this month and try to be done with it before the Olympics begin on August 8th.

That’s it for now. Whew, I need to post more often so I don’t dump so much stuff all at once. Maybe that’ll be the 2009 goal.

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