Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Crafting on - startitis

Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams today

Since everybody seems to agree that it's better for my hands to have more than one project going, I allowed myself a bit of startitis this weekend.

This is the yarn I wanted to add to the blanket, but now it will be a sweater. I like the ribbing and the pattern on the body of this one, but I think I'd like smaller sleeves and a deeper neck.
 I think (hope) I have enough (I have seven skeins - it was another thrift find), but I think this sweater will look great sleeveless too (worn over a blouse), so I'll make it that way if I need to.

This will be an assymetric shawl, simply in stockinette stitch, since the colors make it interesting enough. I am curious though how the stripes will look when I have more stitches in a row.

Switching off knitting and chrochet feels good on my hands too, so I had to start a new crochet project after finishing the cowls-that-were-supposed-to-be-a-blanket. This is the first project I've ever made beyond granny squares (or stripes). Well, the second actually. My very first project involved single crochet, but after that I just grannied along.
But, no more. I'm actually following a (simple) pattern here and it's coming along nicely. I hope to have enough of this yarn (four more skeins) to make a scarf.

The summer sweater is still growing nice and steady.

So there you have it. I'm working on four bigger projects now (and to be honest I have some plans for more).
Part of me finds this scary. I'm usually a deadline kind of girl (finish this first by... then start...) and my recovering-from-burnout brain had some difficulties adapting to this. But this morning I reached into my basket and realized I don't have to worry about what to make next for a while. I can just keep on knitting (and crocheting) without thinking too much about it and start new projects when I feel like it, not when the timing is exactly right.
That actually feels relaxing. And that's what this crafting thing is supposed to be, isn't it?


  1. Love the colours of all your projects you have on the go and yes swapping projects is good for the hands and wrists, I do the same, enjoy.

  2. Oh my you have a lot going on! How in the world do you keep up?! I can focus on only one thing at a time. My school colored scarves and hats are on the top of my list for Christmas gifts this year.

    1. It's all in one big(gish) basket next to the couch, so when I want to knit or crochet I just grasp what's calling me at that time. I tend to stick to one thing in one sitting though, but I try to get used to putting my project down and pick another one when my hands start feeling uncomfortable.
      Also it felt sort of good to get these projects actually started instead of going over my stash and what I was going to do with it in my mind constantly ;-)

  3. the more projects the better! too bad we only have one set of hands :)

    1. Yes! That would be great. Though that would make two sets of painful hands and that would be too much, I guess. I'd opt for more time. ;-)