Thursday, August 26, 2010


You know that feeling when you're almost done with a project and then you reach the last stage only to realize that it's going to take sooo much longer than you expected? Well, that's where I am with Juneberry.

I made quite a bit of progress over the weekend and finished the body of the pattern. Then I literally turned the corner and realized just how long this edging is going to take: forever. Well, not quite that long, and even less time now that I've pretty much memorized the repeat. But it will still take quite a long time.

Normally this wouldn't be a problem - it's a lovely lace pattern and the yarn is beautiful - but I had promised myself that I could cast on for two new projects that I've been itching to start. The catch being that I had to finish two other projects first and Juneberry is one of them.

You see, a couple of weeks ago I got a lovely package in the mail with a not-so-little present in it:

That's four skeins of Woolen Rabbit Essence in the oakmoss colorway - a hard-to-photograph gold/green/brown - that are waiting to become a special secret project. But I have to finish Juneberry first.

What else am I looking forward to? The latest issue of Twist Collective is even more lovely than usual and I've been eager to cast on for Elinor Brown's Hallett's Ledge. I even think I can use stash yarn for it: the Cascade 220 that I salvaged when I frogged Forecast several months ago. There's just one potential problem with that: I don't remember how much of that particular yarn I had. DH, since you got the yarn for me, do you remember how many skeins you bought? Was it four or five? If it was five, I'm set (assuming I can find the assorted partial skein remnants in case I need them). Actually, there's a second little hiccup, too: I have to finish Kai-mei.

Now, that's not exactly a hardship since I've said many times how much I love this pattern, and this particular yarn is great for it. Plus, I just cast on for the second sock while uploading the pictures for this post. So if all goes well, I'll be casting on for Hallett's Ledge soon.

But it sure sounds like I've got a lot of knitting to do!


Jonah said...

hrmm. Nope, no idea. I'm pretty sure I got either 4 or 5 skeins as instructed by the knitting expert.
Ever since a certain terrifying experience with a partial sweater and nearly 20-year old yarn, I tend to err on the side of "get more" (Spoiling my wife also suggests the same conclusion), but I don't remember whether that means I got 5 skeins in this case.

Gale said...

Is Juneberry a full sized shawl? The colour you've chosen for yours is gorgeous. As for Hallett's Ledge - that's one soon for the needles over here too - and will have to wait until 2 lace projects are done.

Brenda said...

Ledge is lovely. I love those leaves.

Rachel said...

Oh, I'm totally in love with Elinor's Hallett's Ledge. And if it weren't for a promise I made to myself long ago, I probably would have cast that on as well 2 weeks ago. The promise? I can't do impulse with patterns...they have to sit in the queue for a few months and if I'm still head over heels with it at that point casting on can begin. I find that my tastes change or new patterns come out that I like more so I need to be careful. If I knit as fast as you, it wouldn't be a concern but alas, I'm slow!