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Start-itis

Posted by Janis on April 1, 2008

I’m usually pretty good about keeping my cast-on projects to a minimum, but something went awry mid-March and I fell under the spell of Start-itis. Seemed like spring should be here soon, I’d like some springy socks for that, but it was still cold and grey, so the Pretzel Logic Cabled Vest was still teasing me to take it on. So I dove into my first big cable project. I love the challenge of the cables after being stuck on so much stockinette over the winter. Alice Starmore I ain’t, but I’m having a great time learning.

cabled-vest-wip.jpgThe day before I left for Colorado, I went on a frantic quest to find “Knitting Circles Around Socks,” Antje Gillingham’s new book on knitting 2 socks at once on 2 circular needles. I HAD to have that book and learn the technique while on spring break. Our wondrous newest LYS, Knitty Couture, came to the rescue and I was ready to roll… Until I realized the circs in the book are 2 different lengths and I had brought 2 same-length Addi’s. Luckily, Leadville’s charming little yarn shop-cum-pottery studio had what I needed — for 10% off! And a sale on all yarns with blue in them — 25% off! It occurred to me that at that price, I had to make myself a new ski hat. So I did, improvising wildly with KnitPicks Options tips in two sizes when I decreased down too small for the 16″ circular I knit the thing on. The nieces promptly fell in love with it and I had a helluva time getting it home. Guess I’ll be making up some “Fantasia Earflap Hats” for Christmas…

Back to the socks — I didn’t cast ‘em on till the flight home, but I love the method! It’s very easy to follow — I recommend the book wholeheartedly. Here are the socks:2-sox-2-circs.jpg

The yarn is Claudia Handpainted, in “Blue Fields” colorway — nice stuff! The pattern – indiscernible at this early stage in the socks – is “Eleanor,” a MonkeyToes design by the late, great Gigi Silva. It seems important to do a memorial knit in her honor. I didn’t know her well, but she was my downstream SP for a winter cheer swap and we had a great time. Being a Michigander transplanted to Hawaii, the mere thought of winter was dear to her.

Now the question is this:  the back of the vest is almost done (maybe 10 more rows). Do I put it away till next fall and start something (else) springy? Or do I finish it while it’s making sense?

5 Responses to “Start-itis”

  1. Darx said

    As one who frequently ages projects for a year or more, I’d say that if you do decide to put it away, just make sure you leave yourself some really good notes. I didn’t and wound up re-knitting a sleeve twice because of it. Those cables are looking great!

  2. joanie1803 said

    I am liking how this vest looks so much I am selfishly tempted to say, “finish it now!” just so I can see it! But I agree, with warmer temps it’s harder to be motivated to finish a heavy wool thing. And things like cotton sock yarn start calling to me….. Taking detailed notes is a good idea – I wish I’d done that with a couple of my hibernating projects!

    I’ve been meaning to try 2 socks at once, but I did the same thing you did with the needles and have to get another pair!

  3. I’m probably the worst person to give advice on projects because I keep changing gears and starting new ones. I used to be so good about finishing one before starting the next and then it somehow got out of control. I’m facing the same with my sweater. I’m not as in love with it now that it’s starting to show signs of warming up. My response was to start a pair of spring socks. They’re a quick pattern so almost instant “spring” satisfaction and then when I finish them I’ll get back to my sweater. Then at least I’ll have it done as soon as it cools back down in the fall!

  4. I guess it’s warmer where you are than it is in these parts: it’s still cool enough here that I’d feel motivated to finish a half-done wooly vest… besides, you might enjoy wearing it in any environments where they really crank the a/c!

  5. Elysbeth said

    What about a row a day to finish it while you enjoy the spring cast ons?

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