Making the mundane more exciting.

So, lots and lots of knitting going on in this house. "Is that new?" you may ask. Well, no. But the number of ongoing projects have certainly exploded through the roof in the last couple of days. You all are going to think I am crazy, but not counting the UFO's lurking in our craft room (a UFO is knit-speak for Un-finished Object) I currently have 8 projects on the needles that need to be finished in time for Christmas! Yikes!!! Not to mention that I was planning on doing this craft fair as well. Maybe the craft fair is going to have to be taken off of the list of priorities. I was looking forward to the extra cash (last time I sold a lot of stuff), but this year, I think actually finishing gifts may have to be a priority...

So, to top it all off, I decided on sunday I needed a break from knitting Nick's sweater (which is coming along quite nicely and is actually looking more and more like a sweater every day) and decided that instead of working on an existing project, I would make this cool dishcloth I saw on Ravelry. I just so happened to have this fatty ball of cotton yarn taunting me from the craft room. It was saying, "Oh yeah, just try and knit all 550 yards of me, sucker!" (That's right, sometimes yarn speaks to me, even the cheap Jo-ann cotton kind.) Well anyway, so 2.5 hours and one dishcloth later, I was hooked, and now I want to knit dishcloths all the time!!! Uh-oh. Not more projects. But they are super cute!!! See?

Wouldn't you want to do dishes more often with something this cute to scrub with? Yeah, I thought so too, so I cast on 2 more...

So back to Nick's sweater. It's looking really good, but I am really struggling with it. Maybe because it's row after row of straight stockinette, IN THE ROUND. Blah! Maybe because the tweed yarn I chose is a bit rough on the fingers (pretty color though--hopefully the yarn will soften with blocking). Maybe because it's just sort of a boring knit in general--top down, basic hooded sweater.

The design is Knitting Pure and Simple #105. It's a great design. I love that Dianne Soucey (the designer of Knitting Pure and Simple) makes knitting sweaters so accessible for even novice knitters, I just think I've moved a bit beyond the simple stuff. Next time I'll choose something a bit more exciting to hold my interest. I don't know, but what I do know, is I need to keep plugging away. Of all my christmas gifts to be knitted, this is the most important one to finish in time!

I have knitted a few neckies, but I am now thinking that in lieu of doing the craft fair, I will just put them on Etsy and hope I sell a bunch for the holidays. I have some cute new colors and yarns that I think folks will like. Like these of the soft and fluffy Alpaca variety. Yum...

And if these projects weren't enough, I started another one last night. This one is another from Julie Turjoman's new book Brave New Knits-- I am also knitting those pretty Neckwarmer's for the bridesmaids out of this book. This project is the Orchid Theif Shawlette by Ysolda Teague, probably my all time favorite knitwear designer. She's Scottish, about 5 years younger than me, self publishes all of her patterns, and her style is awesome! She's coming out with a book of sweaters soon which has me very excited!!! (So excited, apparently, that it deserves three exclamation points.) Anyway, I previously knit Ysolda's Ishbel Shawl for my mom in Noro's Kureyon Sock a while back and am doing the same for my mother-in-law for Christmas this year. The Orchid Thief is for my mom for Christmas this year and I chose a lovely bright green yarn to wear with her favorite lime green puffy vest (the woman likes to match. If she could pair this ensemble with lime green pants, she would.) The yarn is Madelinetosh Merino Light in the Lettuce Leaf color. One skein will do the whole shawl--it's 440 yards.

The only reason I am starting this so late in the game is that the Jimmy Beans crew is starting a KAL (more knit-speak for Knit-A-Long) for the Orchid Thief. One of the lovely ladies in the shop, Sandy, being the amazing knitter that she is, offered to host as she is now working on her third one of these. It will be nice to have a go-to for help person on this, as I sometimes get a little lost still when knitting lace. Sandy rocks!!!

So anyway, I cast on last night, and hopefully will make a it of progress before the second meeting as I am missing the first one this weekend. I'm heading to Davis to visit my bestie. We're gonna go thrift store shopping and have some girlie time. Yay!

So, those are all of my crazy projects this week...who knows what will happen next...