It took me some time to work everything out but my knitting mojo has finally returned. I've settled into a nice balance of one large project for the evenings and many small social knitting projects during the day (one at a time).
First up, I finished my Bernhardt Cardigan in time for the retreat:
It was tough but I let Sandi Wiseheart give me all the critiques on fitting it better and I'm now armed with the knowledge to fix this and knit my next one better. I learned that sweater knitting isn't something that you can just jump into. You need to measure and swatch like crazy if you want it to eventually fit correctly. Oh and one tiny detail I like to forget: WASH THE DAMN SWATCH! I really, really, really need to start doing that.
My current large project for the evenings is a secret. Well, not really a secret because my friends know that I'm knitting them a massive baby blanket that is absolutely gorgeous. They just don't know what the yarn or pattern looks like. If you're curious, hop on over to my Ravelry projects and it's my current WIP. There's no rush to finish this since they haven't even started trying to conceive yet and I love not having a deadline looming over me. Plus, it's very enjoyable to knit.
For my small, social knitting projects first up is a new pair of socks for my son in the next size up:
Yes, he picked out the yarn and he still loves it. I think I have enough left to make him one more pair next year.
For our week of vacation in Florida I knit up 2 projects from my KnitSpot Fall in Full Color subscription club:
Echo of Bells scarf in mink/cashmere yarn
Then came a series of epic social knitting to knit up 4 hats in the same pattern for my husband's friends:
Bored yet? Yeah, me too.
So while I have a great evening project that will take a long time to finish my social knitting projects have stalled. It's the perfect opportunity to start working on mittens for the NNCS Mitten Campaign this fall. I'm going to use my leftovers from these hats to make my first pair. Not really sure how all these colors will work together but I'm going to experiment and have a little fun with it.