of progress and plans

Happy Belated New Year!  I seem to be off to a sluggish start, but I’ll opt to blame an excess of relatives over the holiday…and recovery there from.  Some of my relations I can spend any time among and not be bothered.  Others…not so much.  It would be those relatives that were in town over the New Year holiday.  On the other hand, this meant plenty of knitting time (defense mechanism, of course!).

It was such an incredible relief to finish my mom’s shawl (and on time!) that I felt this desire to cast on for something new – anything – right away.  Either that or run screaming from the sight of knitting needles!  I opted for a break.  So I took one…just long enough to attend Christmas Eve service, sleep and wrap presents (so…I was little behind on that little detail this year…)  Then Christmas Day arrived, and I needed something to do, so I picked up my much-neglected Bee Shawl.  Break over…and I even avoided another episode of startitis.

In fact, I’ve been rather faithful to Bee lately. I did start another little lace project…and I started the seaming on a much-neglected sweater…but other than for a few short hours it’s been all bee all the time. Or something like. In other words, I completely exceeded my own expectations for the over-the-holidays knitting (I’ve had off since the 25th) and not only completed the first full chart (excluding the set-up chart) but the second chart and am 5 rows into the third.

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Probably a bit more than half of what is currently done on the shawl was completed in the past week!

I decided to participate in Seasons of Lace again for their winter season.  It’s a pretty reasonable decision – I primarily knit lace.  This will probably be the first lace object I finish for the season.  Although….between Winter of Lace and the new year I’ve been assessing my knitting plans, and I may fall prey to temptation:

  1. Leavened Raglan sweater.  The aforementioned sweater receiving seams.  Very slowly.  It’s black, so it’s hard to see to seam. However, I am bound and determined to finish this before I work on anything else.
  2. Alhambra.  I just started this a couple days ago.  Pictures to come.  This should be pretty quick.
  3. Braided Pullover.  It’s started…barely.  I have to pull back most of what’s done because I’m not quite getting gauge and it’s too big.  I think I can leave the rolled hem, though and just restart the ribbing on a smaller needle.
  4. Alpine Lace.  I started this last summer but never got past the first 8 or so rows…gauge issues of course.  I think one needle size smaller will do the trick.
  5. The kicker.  The one that could toss all resolutions aside.  Mediterranean Lace.  I have the yarn, I might have the needle (I still need to knit a swatch), I have the pattern…and I really want to work on this one NOW!  But I also really want to finish my Bee shawl first.

There are a couple other projects I have on my mental list too, but this seems like more than enough to start with.  I have some other goals for the year as well.  I’m planning to start for the Architectural Registration Exam here soon.  (Which reminds me – I need to investigate just what exactly I need to study for that!)  I also would like to read a lot more this year than I did last year.  I used to read a lot, but in 2008 I only managed a grand total of 10 books!  Eek!  I’m aiming for 24 books this year, or 2 a month.  I have no idea if there are actually enough hours do everything I want this year, but I intend to have fun trying!

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3 thoughts on “of progress and plans

  1. It’s funny; Cattywampus (another blog I read) just picked up her Bee Stole after an extended break, and mine has been popping out of the basket more often lately, too. Maybe 2009 is the year of the bee?

    You have quite a list of projects! I’m happy if I manage to work on one or two at a time. Sounds like a nice mix, though.

  2. Happy New Year to you too:o)

    What beautiful shawls! Bee looks so spring like and your mum’s is just gorgeous. No wonder she’s delighted. My mum was less receptive about hers – she asked if it was a headscarf and then gushed about the perfume that was in her parcel instead!

    Can’t wait to see your progress with all your planned projects:o)

  3. Your shawls look beautiful, I so wish I had the patience to knit lace. Thank you for your comments you left on my blog and reading even though I have been terrible for reading other blogs just lately!

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