Two weeks ago, I decided to pick up Mom’s Dorothy Sayers project, to see if I could finish the project for her in her memory. I am glad to say, things are progressing well! I found a charting program to use which will also make written directions for the charts. These will just need a little touching up to make them easily comprehensible and, thankfully, I can copy/paste them from the format they are generated in. Since purchasing the program, I have charted the last two squares for the afghan as well as part of the border edge. I am currently working on knitting up one of the squares while a fellow knitter who also knew Mom through the Sherlock knitting group is working on the other. All in all, over two weeks things have been going well on that front!
However, this past weekend, I started to come down with a very bad head cold thanks to the boss at work, and this week has been absolutely miserable. I don’t usually get sick, colds included, so when I do it usually ends up being a pretty bad one. All the usual stuff going along with it, I (and my very sore nose and aching chest from all the coughing/sneezing!) will be very glad once I’m back to full health! In the meantime, I’ve been coming to work (because someone has to be here, right?). My job is to answer the phones, sort through the email and stuff, and type up the things the boss needs me to do for him. He’s been down with this thing a week longer than I have, so I haven’t had much on that last front, and the emails don’t care if I’m sick or sound like the worst frog in all the world, but answering the phone over the last two days has been interesting! Thank goodness, most people have been very understanding! The big downside to this misery is, however, that I can’t focus on any ‘complicated’ knitting patterns. Lace, cables, colorwork … etc., none of it.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I need to stay engaged in what I’m doing because I hate being bored. That said, and especially at work (when I’m not writing — which isn’t happening just now because of the very bad cold), having a knitting project on hand is the perfect solution. I just need something uncomplicated for the short term.
That said, I finished a shawl I began last year that got put on hiatus for Christmas knitting. It will make a lovely gift for someone this year, perhaps. Still, most of the other WIPs I have are more of a complicated nature. (Did I mention I like challenges that keep me from getting bored? LOL)
I’ve had some Madelinetosh in my stash that I purchased for a different project but I found an alternative after I purchased it. MadTosh will NOT go wasted in MY house, however!
Several weeks back, I was looking through Ravelry’s forum threads for upcoming KALs for March. I found one for a shawl that looked interesting, and upon further investigation discovered it was part of a ‘set’ of shawls. I purchased the group of four patterns, under the title the Four Elements, designed by Verybusymonkey, and set it aside for something to do later, down the road. Each takes approximately 400-420 yards of yarn, one of each of these skeins, so I figured they’d make good work/travel projects.
That moment came this week. Having finished the previously mentioned WIP, when I was home that night I spotted the pattern and yarn sitting nearby. A quick look assured me the nature of the first one wouldn’t be overly taxing for my mind, as muddled as it is with the cloud of the cold, and I quickly plopped both bag of yarn and pattern into my ‘take to work knitting bag.’ The next day, I started the first one listed in the pattern: Metallurgy. I chose to use the Antique Moonstone for this shawl.
That was on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, progress looked more like this:
The nicest part of this shawl so far is that it’s all garter stitch, with some YOs tossed in to increase stitches. The first section is a 34 row repeat of this – the perfect type of knitting that I don’t need to focus more than a little (for the YOs) and I can do while reading something on my computer or watching the live camera from Old Faithful. (surprisingly, watching it snow there this week has been a very soothing thing!) This photo is approximately 10 rows in. I’m currently up to 21 rows. The only question is whether I’ll be able to keep focusing on it today/tomorrow, or if the cold and/or work get in the way.
Still, it’s moving along surprisingly quickly. I love the stitch definition MadTosh gives, and this color is gorgeous! Sadly, they’re out of stock at the moment at my favorite online site. 😦
The three remaining shawls in the group are called:
- Dendrology – I’ll use the Cardinal for this
- Meteorology – I’ll either use the Rainwater or switch to another skein I have at home called Fathom (a lovely deep blue), I haven’t quite decided
- Geology – I’ll use the Medieval on this one
This isn’t to say that the shawls don’t have their challenges! Some have more patterning on them than others. I just happened to select one that has more garter stitching at the beginning. Which, given my constant state of sniffling and sneezing, makes it easy to pause without losing my place while I make a mad dash for the tissue box …!