Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Flirting with monogamy

Knitting monogamy, that is. For the last three days, this is all I've been knitting on:

I'll give you a hint: it's knit on size 8 needles with Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton. Still no idea? Maybe this will help:

It's Que Sera from the latest issue of Knitty.  I've used up almost two skeins (out of a projected 6) and the pattern is moving along pretty quickly. All of various write-ups in Ravelry say that this is a speedy project and I was a bit disappointed at first because I didn't think I was knitting it all that quickly. Admittedly, the pattern is a bit fiddly in places and I have to be a touch more careful about tension since this is a cotton yarn, but this is a pretty impressive amount of knitting given that I cast on Monday afternoon.

So what was I doing over the weekend, other than modeling Haruni? For starters, I finished knitting this:

It still needs blocking and buttons but at least the knitting is done. Actually, I can say the same thing about Audrey in Unst - it, too, is just waiting for blocking and buttons.

Buttons are always tricky for me. I live in a big, metropolitan city but I've yet to find a good button source. We used to have a fantastic little shop right off the Magnificent Mile that had button boxes stacked floor to ceiling. Unfortunately it closed down a couple of years ago and I've yet to find a replacement. I know there are great online options but I don't want to order the same style in three or four different sizes just to figure out what fits in my buttonhole. (If I'm really smart, I'll order the buttons first and then knit the buttonhole.) I'll venture into my LYS this weekend to see if it has something appropriate in stock.

I've got even more to show from that flurry of finishing (two sweaters "finished" in two days isn't bad in my book). I started and finished Koolhaas while we were away in Maine last week, but pics will have to wait until next time.

So what happened to Juneberry? Monogamy struck. I brought Haruni and yarns for Juneberry and Koolhaas with me on the trip. I cast on for Koolhaas in the car as we were leaving the airport on Saturday and never looked back - that was all I knit. To be fair, most of my knitting that weekend took place in the car and I really needed something that I could work without paying very much attention, which ruled out both lace projects. I still need semi-mindless knitting this week so I'm hoping to find some time this weekend to sit down and dig into Juneberry. It's about time - I'm sick of monogamy.


Jonah said...

Very productive! I'm looking forward to taking pictures.

elizabeth said...

I really like Que Sera too, and I was thinking that Juneberry might be too complicated for travel knitting, but I thought maybe it was just me!

Rachel said...

So much information! I can see that you are not having the same problem during studying that I are still a knitting machine...which I'm glad to see!

And I had to read the word monogamy along with your blog title a few times to make sure I was, in fact, in the right place! ;)

Everything looks good (tho imagine the button choices of living in a town of 12,000 with the next 'decent' size town 50 miles's a constant frustration to me and I feel your pain.)