The temperature has finally started to dip here, and as Bob and I were headed out the door the other day to walk down to the market, I thought, “Wasn’t I knitting myself a shawl? A grey shawl.”
That evening, I pulled this old thing out of its project bag and decided to finish it, no matter how it turned out, because at least it would be A) warm and B) out of the WIP pile. As I started my way down the next garter row, remembering I’d planned to do quite a bit more, I realized it was actually enough. As in, I’d been done this whole time. So I worked one more row of garter to put me back on the right side. (Not because it mattered; just because I can be a little OCD like that.) And then I spent two evenings working EZ’s beautiful sewn bind-off on it, before blocking it last Sunday. What on earth was I thinking wanting to frog this? It’s totally fine! Warm as can be, and no longer clogging up my basket. (I put all the gory pattern, yarn, measurement details at Ravelry. And for anyone interested in knitting Orlane’s Textured Shawl but not sure how it works, here’s my explainer.)
By the way, that middle photo is titled “Oh the grainy, raccoon-eyed agony of last minute photos on a foggy day.”
Speaking of clogging up my basket, things had gotten a little out of hand around here. The basket had spawned two more, both with the remains of finished projects rolling around their bellies. There was yarn everywhere — not neatly organized by size in the four allotted bins. Abandoned WIPs had never been frogged and were overflowing a bin of their own in the laundry closet. Gradually, over a few days, I tackled all of it. The yarn is all sorted and put away. The failed knits are frogged and reskeined. Now all there is in my big basket is the neverending cardigan and the jumbo swatch for my next pattern. It feels amazing to have everything so pared down. Now if I can just keep resisting the incredible urge to cast on another sweater before the Acer is done …
One small shop note before I tell you Happy Weekend. I spoke to Amy this week, maker of the leather Wrapper pouches, and she’s decided to discontinue the rust. Which means the 2 rust-colored Large Pouches I have on hand are presumably the last of their kind, and it’s no longer an option in the Long Pouch either. (Navy and tan will still be available in both.) So if you’ve had your eye on the rust, nab one now!
Happy weekend, everyone!