Monday Project Report – Polkadot and Manos yarns

As I have said before, I am not a monogamous knitter.  I always have to have a number of projects going at a time to keep myself engaged in the process (unlike my sister who loves the process of knitting – hence her love of knitting spectacular shawls that she doesn’t necessarily like to wear).  The number of projects I have going on at any point in time is determined (limited?) by the number of baskets I have to put them in.  Looking across my desk I see 10 baskets so I must have 10 projects going on at the moment.  Sigh.

But it is worse.  I then break down each project into sections and give myself little goals to accomplish on that particular project at which point I then put the project down and move onto the next basket.  Makes you wonder how I ever get anything done, doesn’t it?  Yet somehow I do.  For various reasons this system works for me.  If I had to just do stockinette stitch for days upon days to finish the Imagine pullover or the Prudence vest I would never get it done because I just would not be able to maintain that mind numbing type of knitting that long.  Likewise, if I had to just focus on completing a pair of socks that I had started I would again have to stop for periods of time to talk myself down from the frustration of knitting for hours and hours on long toothpicks to only get two inches knit.

So, all that being said, I was able to get through three project sections this week.  For my thinking piece, I completed the 7 inches of the leg portion of the second Java sock.

Even though the rest of the sock is longer, this is a big part of completing it for me because this is the only section that has cabling throughout the knitting.  From here on out, only a portion of the rows will be cabled, which makes for faster knitting.  I can’t really see Chip wearing socks that are this brightly colored – but he picked out the yarn so he is going to have to!!

On the mindless knitting end, I was able to complete the body of the Polkadot Jacket – ably modeled by my Vashman.

Okay, for those who have ever seen America’s Next Top Model, doesn’t Vash look “fierce”?  I am knitting it to be a size 8.  Vash is a size 6 which is why it appears long on him.

I am feeling okay with the Polkadot Jacket – not thrilled.  The weight of the circle actually makes for a nice drape in the back but I have heard concerns that it pulls off of the shoulders when worn.  There are no button holes in this pattern so I have to work out a closure to hold the jacket in place when worn.  However that will wait awhile as this went back into its basket as I moved onto completing the back of the Prudence vest . . .

which is going to be long.

Luckily I wanted a long sleeveless vest so I am happy with it.

This week I should be able to complete another block on the illusion scarf I am working on and hopefully get Mia’s Xmas present onto the needles.  Oops – I was going to post a picture of the pattern here but realized that she looks at this blog while she is visiting my Mom this summer so you all will have to wait a bit to see them.  However, I can show you a picture of the pattern of the Baseball Jersey that is going onto the needles today.  I am making it for Chris for Xmas.  He picked this pattern out of my “Knits Men Want” book.  Great patterns for men.

He wants it in the same colors as the pattern, so it is being done in Berroco’s Pure Merino Wool – Storm for the body of the sweater and Coal Tar for the sleeves.  Chip wants the same one though I will reverse the colors for him – Coal Tar for the body of the sweater and Storm for the sleeves.  Chip’s sweater will have to wait though until I finish his Aran sweater that is in his basket.

So onto this week’s yarn adventures.  On a sad note, my madelinetosh tosh merino light in the Tart colorway left my home this week.  😦

On a happy note, it left me to become Danielle’s September yarn for her yarn of the month club – joining her August tosh merino light in Iris – which means it will end up being something quite wonderful (that she is NOT allowed to gift to anyone else because – really – this is madelinetosh after all).

However, I do have two skeins of Manos del Uruguay Kettle Dyed Pure Wool to console me.

The Warm Ewe has decided that the Manos line is just not selling so she gave her regular customers a coupon for 50% off of any of the Manos yarns – Woo Hoo!!!!  They only had one skein left of each of these (how did I miss them before?!!)  They are a thick-thin yarn which I don’t usually like – but the colors in these two hanks were phenomenal.  One is in dark foresty greens with hints of grey-ey beige coming out.  (As usual, the light is bleaching out and lightening the colors of these yarns so the photos wash out the depth of color in the yarns – I have to learn more about lighting these yarns for this blog.)

The second skein was in deep dark browns with lighter tones blended throughout.

Both of these yarns are hand wash only, they are a heavy worsted weight and each hank only contains 138 yards of wool.  Not sure what they will become yet.  Maybe wall art?  This is one of those “must – wait – for – inspiration – to – strike -” types of things.

Not bad for one week.  🙂  Hopefully next week I will be showing you one of Jesse’s projects too – its getting close.  Hee Hee.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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4 Responses to Monday Project Report – Polkadot and Manos yarns

  1. Barbara Antonelli says:

    The yarn and writing was great….but nothing can compare with the look on Vash’s face while modeling !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vashua,you really made Grandma’s day! I love you and your belated B’day card goes out tomorrow Grandma xoxoxoxoxoxxo

  2. danielle says:

    I laughed when I tried to picture how I’d feel about having 10 projects going at once….I think I would not like it! Although I’m always working on at least 2 pieces at once, sometimes 3, 10 would make me feel like nothing was ever getting done! It is pretty funny how I knit things and then give them away…I just like to knit things. I always see gorgeousness and want to create it….I don’t necessarily want to WEAR it! Ha!

    I can’t wait to see how the polka dot jacket will turn out…so far it looks really cool! I need to take a better picture of that Madelinetosh yarn because seriously, that picture doesn’t hold a candle to what it’s really like. I love the Manos yarn, and I’m glad I got to see it in person because it looks better in person too….isn’t it funny that as soon as you pulled it outt of the bag, I said ooohh..Manos del Uruguay! What yarn snobs we are now. 🙂 i love it.

    • Shelly R. says:

      It is not that we are yarn snobs Chip tells me, it is because we are now educated knitters. I think we recognize the value of the final product and want to make sure that we use the best starting materials to create the best finished product. We want our work to stand out on all levels – not just the knitting itself. Plus the better yarns just feel better working through your hands and are more appealing to the eye – hence the investment in madelinetosh.

  3. Shelly R. says:

    Oh, and I would only feel bad about 10 projects at a time if I never finished any. But I do have alot of finished projects so its okay. It is finishing the big ones that I need to break down more. And if I have a mad dash to finish things in December, at least alot of it will be done before then.

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