I really have a very hard time with project monogamy. I get distracted by a new idea or a cute pattern in a book and off I go, casting on. The problem with this is that I have multiple projects in various stages of progress that never seem to get completed (duh!). And I like them all, even if I do get bored with one or the other. I want to finish something. The whole point of starting them is to have a finished object at the end that I can give away or wear myself.
With this in mind, this year I’m tackling the idea of Project Monogamy, Ebony Style. That means I’m going to try to stick with a project with a few little afghan blocks or stockinette car knitting socks thrown in. My first focus project is In*shmore by Al*ce St*rmore.
My dad picked this pattern out as a sweater he wants to have and wear. He wanted something with a turtleneck that “no one else would have” (his words). I think it will be uncommon enough to suit his tastes in this regard. The pattern itself is quite simple once you get the hang of it. I’m cabling without a cable needle, since this pattern really lends itself to knitting this way. I searched all over the internet for a good substitute to Rowan Magpie, the yarn the sweater was originally designed in. The Northhampton from Webs was closest in terms of yardage, at 247 yds/100 grams. The Magpie was 252 yds/ 110 grams. I was able to get gauge with the needles specified in the pattern. I even did the whole knit a 6″ swatch, wash and check process. I want this sweater to fit well. I also opted for a tubular cast-on to give the sweater a finished, hand-made (as opposed to home-made) look. I’ve been working on it daily with an occasional block thrown in to relieve the cabling monotony. So far, so good.
This week’s block has been the eyelet lace Warm-Up America blanket block from Knitting for Peace. I love these small 7″x9″ blocks because they’re very easy but very effective when all sewn together. I should be able to get at least 2 blocks from each skein, so I’ll be buying one or two at a time after I’ve used up my stash of Vanna’s Choice on blocks for a Vanna’s Choice block exchange with one of my Ravelry groups. I also love these Knitpicks Harmony Straights (10″). I ordered them specifically for this project, and as needles I could use with other small block patterns. So smooth and nice to knit with.