There seems to be a sweet spot between having too many projects on the needles and not enough. Too many, I get stressed and don’t know what to work on. Not enough, well, what the heck do you do if you get stuck on your ONLY project and you need to pick up something else during a movie? Sit quietly and NOT KNIT? Oh my. Like that’s ever going to happen.

I seem to be right in the sweet spot. Which means I’ll muck it up and start a new project. The yarn stash calleth my name.

The Allegheny dress is coming along nicely now. It gave me a couple fits in the beginning and I had to pull back, actually starting over once because I didn’t like the skein of yarn I chose…too many light spots that I didn’t necessary want right next to my face. I’ll try to work that skein in later. Also, I decided to not be a lazy bones and started alternating skeins right after the turtleneck was complete. I’m alternating every row, right along the side purl row of the cable pattern and you can’t see it at all.

Allegheny Dress Progress


I’m also plugging along on the Smokin’ Cardigan for John out of some handspun wool. This stuff is WAY too itchy for me and is almost too itchy for him but it’s really lofty and warm so I’m hoping he’ll use it as an outdoor sweater. This was the handspun yarn that almost met it’s untimely death by a well-intentioned spin in the washing machine. Although clean, it also felted. I’ve been managing to pull the skeins apart s-l-o-w-l-y and the yarn looks fine, thank heavens. I really didn’t want to be the one to break it to John that a year’s worth of spinning was going in the trash. I’m holding the yarn double so it’s a bit of a slog but here’s my progress on the sweater.

Handspun Smokin'


I’ve also got a Honeybee Cardigan in the works but that’s upstairs hibernating. Another long story. And that’s a story for another day.