I'm suffering from extreme knitters ADD. At the moment, I have four non-sock projects on the needles and at least four different socks going. The bad news is that I'm still itching to cast on for yet another project, but I'm going to try to force myself to finish at least two things before starting anything else. The good news is that I've learned a couple of new skills. As a result of my progress on Mr. Greenjeans, I've learned to cable without a cable needle and guess what? It's not hard at all. I think I can even transfer the skill to another cable-y project even if the pattern doesn't come with detailed instructions on how to cable without a cable needle (the Mr. Greenjeans pattern spells it out very nicely).
The second new skill is the Turkish cast on. Until last weekend, I'd never done anything but a long tail cast on and I firmly believed that it was the only one a person needed to know. On Saturday, I finished a pair of Saartje's Bootees knit flat, and after checking out some other finished bootees on Ravelry, I came across a revised version of the pattern available on Fleegle's Blog that involves no seaming. The Fleeglized version also incorporates the Turkish cast on so I had to figure out what that was. Guess what? The Turkish cast on is also not hard AND now I know how to start a toe-up sock. I also had to do a knitted cast on for the Fleegle straps, so the whole experiences was a win win win.
Saartje's Bootees (see the seam down the bottom of the bootee? I realize that a child this size won't be walking, but it still looks uncomfortably bulky to me). In case you're interested, this yarn is leftover STR medium weight in Fairgrounds.
Fleeglized Saartje's Bootees in progress in Interlacements Toasty Toes in Summer Fruit. I can't decide if this yarn is hideous or beautiful...I have an 8 oz. skein of it, so I think these bootees will be getting a matching sweater. I'll need to find a bold rockstar baby for these.
The last project I've been working on lately is a scarf from a WEBS pattern called Falling Leaves. Back in January, I stayed with my old friend Amanda in Austin and she asked me if I would knit her a scarf. Since she is one of my oldest friends and I stay at her house several times a year, I agreed to knit her a scarf instead of offering to teach her to knit. She then showed me a picture of a very complicated, white, croshayed scarf on the Anthropologie website. I told her that I don't do fancy croshay and I definitely don't do white. It's hard enough for me to knit anything in a solid color without dying of boredom (hence the extremely loud bootees). I showed her some lacy scarves on the interwebs and she agreed that they were quite nice. After a trip to Hill Country Weavers, I got her to agree to a pastel color, but I couldn't convince her that she didn't want it to be knit with cotton. The result is the aforementioned WEBS pattern in a cotton bamboo blend from Classic Elite and I think it's going to be lovely. The pattern is tricky enough not to be boring, but not so tricky that I can't knit it in front of the TV. All in all, it's another winner.
If you're in San Antonio and you're the mood to rock out tonight, the symphony is playing a rock show with a Led Zeppelin tribute band at Municipal Auditorium. It's very, very, loud, but it has also sold over 3,000 tickets (highly unusual for a symphony event), so it should be fun. The symphony will be dressed in jeans and black t-shirts (also highly unusual), so I'm looking forward to that too. Rock on y'all.