Loose Ends Connected

Like moth to the woolI don’t know about other knitters out there, but when the ideas are rolling in, I get so many projects going I have to force myself to finish a few just to have at least one complete work to show for all of my efforts. I deemed last night the point at which I should cast off a few projects before I start my next big adventure.

First, I finished knitting my Paton’s Classic Wool Harvest feather and fan scarf. This project was my personal introduction to the most basic of lace. I’ve decided I really like the increasing and decreasing but if I knit this pattern again, I will be using a lighter weight yarn. The Classic Wool added a bulk that will be beneficial in the fall and early winter but I would like to try a nice delicate lace for spring next.

Next, I set down to repair one of my first ever completed knitting projects. This ribbed scarf made me so proud when I finally cast off. Unfortunately, though I filed it under complete, it evidently wasn’t done properly as it began to unravel from the “bound” end some time later. I was pretty worried about being able to repair this piece. I have not mastered picking up dropped stitches and had chosen to not examine the damage too closely, assuming the worst. Last night, I finally convinced myself to pick it up and see if I could undo the damage. I think only one stitch had been dropped and I was able to retrieve it with minimal fuss.

Finally, it was time to face the dreaded picot cast off and peasant’s thumb of the second fingerless mitt I had started but Next on my needles: Tiny kitty scarf!never finished under the tutelage of my Aunt Jane.  I procrastinated finishing this project for some time, first because I doubted my ability to figure out the picot and thumb on my own and later because I temporarily misplaced the first mitt my Aunt so painstakingly walked me through knitting. However, like most things it eventually resurfaced in one of my many project bags and it was time to cast off. It turns out, in the absence of a (might as well be) master knitter like my Aunt, the most helpful aid in knitting is YouTube. End of story. Google any knitting technique and there are tons of resources at your fingertips. This is the video I used to figure out the picot bind off.

Even though I’ve completed three projects this week, I have tons of ideas for what is next. There are the House Hats, a number of sharp looking cowls, and a budding wedding gift collection. Stay tuned for details!