Surprise, surprise, traveling alone with a toddler doesn’t really count as a vacation. I did manage to get some knitting done, though. I finished the swatch I was knitting for Seraphim:
And I started the shawl. I’m currently nearing the end of the second chart, and I have to say, these were a good two weeks to be away from the blog. Because even really nice yarn gets old when you’re knitting a huge, shapeless blob of stockinette.
I am alternating balls, both for the dye lot issue and because there was a small amount of pooling in the swatch. Not something that would necessarily happen when the stitch counts are increasing every row, but hey. You never know. I really love the way it’s shaping up. The yarn has a beautiful sheen, and the color is just gorgeous. (“Java”, for CTH fans.) I have 64 more rows to go before the shawl is finished, so hopefully it won’t be too much longer before the guest bed is stepping in as a blocking surface.
Next, I’m excited to knit up some of my leftovers from sweaters into wee vests and sweaters for Jacob, and I absolutely need some hand-knit socks for my tootsies. I think April will be all about instant gratification, chez stash. Anyone interested in a Quick-Fix Knitalong?
(And there’s more, if you can believe that, winding its way to me through the post.) I have a project planned for the tweed but not yet for the Lacey Lamb, which is just divine, let me tell you. As I was lovingly placing them on the shelf in my stash closet, I realized the time had come to catalog the stash so that I know what I have and what I planned for each yarn when I purchased it. How do you all keep track of your stash? I’m thinking about a spreadsheet, embedded with photos if I can figure out how to do it.