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…but only in my head.

I’m still plugging away at my shawl, and it’s nearly done. Done enough that I’m hearing the siren song of new projects.

I bought yarn to make knitted cupcakes from Leigh Radford’s One Skein book. It was an accident. I went to look up the Baby Bolero when I was commenting on Bonnie’s post, and the cupcakes jumped out and grabbed me. I had a gift certificate at Yarn Garden, so it was easy. I was lost.


But I haven’t quite cast on yet, because I’m trying to finish the shawl.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t wind some yarn. This lovely yarn has been sitting in my stash since August 2009. I got it at Deb Accuardi’s pre-Sock Summit luncheon. It’s Knitted Wit‘s Ladies That Lunch. The springiness of the pink has been calling my name. Yes, it’s fingering weight, and I’ve never knit socks with fingering weight yarn. But what else will I do with it? I’ve had a sock design idea in my head for two years, and I think this could be the perfect yarn for it.

ladies that lunch

But I resisted casting on because I’m working on the shawl.

And then I wound this. This is also from the pre-Sock Summit luncheon. There was a different yarn with each course of the meal! This was from Abundant Yarn, which is now only online, but used to be here in Portland. Stevanie Pico was the dyer, and now she’s half of Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. The color is Accuardi Insalata, named for Deb herself, and looks like basil and tomato.

accuardi insalata

And I need a new pair of socks with some red and green in it. Because this just happened to my beloved Leyburns.


I made these with Mirasol Hacho in February of 2009. This isn’t really sock yarn, it’s DK weight merino, but I like dk/sport/worsted weight socks. They felted a little more each time I washed them, and got harder and harder to get on and off my heel.


Fuzzy! The last time I pulled them off, my fingers went through, right where the leg meets the heel. They’ve lived a long and serviceable life. But I haven’t cast on with the Accuardi Insalata yet, because I’m going to finish the shawl first.

I also have the lovely Madeline Tosh Pashmina, which will become Annis (not Caireen, as originally planned) but I haven’t even wound that yet!


Because I’m still working on the shawl…


…for now.

As you can see, I like to have one main project at a time. It keeps me honest. And makes it more likely that I’ll actually finish. Are you a monogamous knitter, or do you like to have lots of projects at once?