17. February 2012 05:57
- Stress is a funny thing
it makes us do strange things. In the 6 weeks since my daughter was born Ive gotten very little time to myself. I often dont manage to get cleaned up and have a shower before my husband gets home at suppertime; I am so exhausted I need many naps throughout the day; I spend many many hours trapped under a 10 lb cutie pie while she nurses.
- Why-oh-why then did I need to start a new project? My Monkey socks are still languishing (though they make an excellent purse-project, if I ever leave the house sans-infant again) and unfinished for the time being, staring at me from the coffee table like mean little orange beasts (neener neener
look at us sitting here, and you CANT work on us right now!).
- One evening when my Mom was here visiting, she helped me wind a new skein of yarn into a ball, so that Id have something pretty to play with once the socks were done. This is, of course, assuming that they will ever actually *be* done
- This is the yarn
and hence the reason I couldnt resist it. The yarn is so freaking pretty! and cheery! and bright shiny beautiful red! (and contains cashmere) and in general makes me want to feel it up and carry it around with me in my pocket. Thats how I knew *it* needed to become a scarf or a shawl or something that could literally walk around with me all day. (also discussed in a previous post linky)
- Yarn: String Theory Caper Sock in Black Cherry
- The Project: Erato by Romi Hill which is one of the patterns from year 2 of the small shawls e-book.
- I get email updates every time a new shawl becomes available
and its such a terrible tease! I love all of the patterns, to the point of going into the stash and digging for yarn practically every time the ebook updates on Ravelry
though I dont always follow through, bob-darnit, I have a skein of yarn that I think matches each and every pattern. If only there were 28 hours in a day
and chocolate magically appeared in the bowl on my coffee table
- I havent made a lot of progress, though Ive managed to cast on (win!) and work the first few charts (win win!) and get comfortable with the pattern in general so I dont need to focus so darned hard (win win win!)
- Side note: sleep deprivation is cruel, and I am not a very smart or organized person on 2 hours of sleep. Someone should tell my child this; she is ruining mommys knitting productivity. Also, I have not yet devised a strategy to successfully knit while breastfeeding. If you have a magic formula for this: please advise! (We could make a lot of money with that information!)
- My favorite part so far? the little twisty cable columns! So cute, and not that complicated now that Ive done a few of them.
- Bonus? the majority of the rows are stockinette (score!) with just a few elements thrown in to keep things interesting. Even sleep deprived new mommies can do stockinette (or so I keep telling myself between frogging sessions)
- Current location: Chart E, starting 3rd repeat. That leaves another E, F, G and H. I might finish this shawl sometime in 2012
gosh I hope I get to knit enough to finish it before Romy graduates from college