I know I am not the only one. I hated the time of year when report cards were issued in grade school. My teachers always liked me and gave me good marks – but the thing I feared the most? The comment section on the back of the card. They always said the same thing:
"Lauren is a very bright student, and a joy to have in class. However, she talks to her peers and is easily distracted."
Ahem. The worst part was that I had to get my parents to sign the report card, just to prove that they had actually seen it. (Forgery did cross my mind…) Of course they knew I was loquacious Lolly. Of course they knew that I was easily distracted. They lived with me. I prefer to think that I was developing good communication skills, and that I was a good multi-tasker…
I am still a talkative girl – but I think it has tempered a bit. I still am easily distracted… but sometimes I know that "staying the course" is really best because the end result will be so sweet.
Take the Pomegranate Hoodie: I really want to cast on for some other things… but I really want a finished sweater too. So, I worked on her non-stop during my weekend road trip to Tennessee. Sleeve 2 banged out in a few hours, and then the seaming.
I kept trying her on at various stages of seaming… first time doing set-in sleeves, so I wanted to ensure a proper fit. I am happy with it!
I have been working on this hoodie since March. I started it as part of the red month for Project Spectrum, and it is still on the needles. Just as a reminder, I am using Woolarina Handpaints laceweight yarn (it is so great!) I thought the color resembled a pomegranate, hence the name of the hoodie (sometimes shortened to Pom Hoodie). I am using the Hoodie pattern from the Knitting to Go Deck by Kris Percival.
September is officially the Project Spectrum Clean Sweep month, and I want to finish this sweater, as well as my Sesame cardigan. I hope I can make it before the end of the month!
Sleeve 2 was set in and sewn up while watching last week's Project Runway episode. (wasn't crazy about that twist…) Since this picture I have finished both side seams, and have picked up the neck stitches for the hood attachment.
The hood is completely vestigial. Purely for aesthetics. In a rain storm, I would still be soaking wet. In a gust of wind, my ears would still freeze. There is no point to it whatsoever. It crossed my mind to just leave it off. What do you think? (See what the original pattern looks like here) Let me know, because I can't decide. (You can add indecisiveness to the list of my "endearing" character traits, right beside short attention span and procrastination…)
Just because I needed a little change of pace while sitting in the car for approximately 16 hours round trip, I also started working on "My So-Called Scarf" pattern in the delicious new Malabrigo for my Scarf Exchange pal.
My pal actually reads my blog (it may be you and you don't even know it!) and she lives in a colder climate, so I though the wool would be a great way to go. She listed green among her favorite colors, and I think this fits the bill very well. There are slight blueish green variegations in the yarn. I had heard reviews about Malabrigo but had never seen it. I ordered it online to give it a try, and I can't say enough good things about it. It is so soft – that is definitely its edge over the other kettle-dyed Uruguayan wools on the market (and I have used several: Manos, Rio de la Plata, and Handpaintedyarn) I hope it continues to hold up well, I don't want any pilling or fuzzing on my pal's scarf!