These Cheating Needles

I am diligently working on Ellette’s socks.  They are my travel knitting, staying snug in their plastic bag until I have time to work on them – a few rounds here, a few there.  The pattern is already memorized, fairly easy – no cabling (woot!) and the yarn is lovely (Malabrigo Sock).  They measure a few good inches now.  I have maybe 4 more to go before I turn the heel.

I am obsessed with the Dr. Who scarf.  That is my home knitting.  I enjoy how mindlessly simple it is.  I am able to hold a conversation, watch a movie, play a board game with the family, and still work at it, quietly tallying the rows so the stripes are perfect.  I had a little mishap with yarn order, however, that I am trying to make up for.  The brown color (Pecan Toffee) was backordered, which I did not know at time of purchase and only figured out by calling the company and saying “Where is my crack yarn?”  I have since decided to work the scarf in sections, using the brown as the divider.  So, using a provisional cast-on, I am working each section individually, and then when all of the sections have been worked, I will add the brown.  Hopefully it will have arrived by that time, but if not, it’s a yarn crawl for me!

In the meantime, the temperature has dropped significantly and the woolens are being pulled out of the closet at hyper speed.  Everyone is wrapping up in scarves and boots and heavy hats.  Some poor souls not used to our winters have pulled out their winter coats already (I hold off until the last possible moment so to not incur the anger of the snow gods).  The trees are shaking with the cold, too, and some of the leaves have begun to change.  We are excited to go apple picking and make all sorts of appley goodies.  I make a stellar pie, and was just beginning to perfect applesauce when we ran out of apples last season.

My needles are starting to tap with impatience.  I want a nice warm cardigan or new sweater for myself – something warm and snuggly to wrap up in.  I keep telling myself to worry about the projects at hand already, but my needles are persistent.  Not only am I being bombarded with the beautiful sweaters other knitters are wearing, but my mind as also decided to grace me with several inspired designs.  I came on hear to either reason, or a clamor as to what I should cast on next!

The options?

A – Ginevra’s Pullover (Interweave Winter 2010)

B – Simple Knitted Bodice (Stitch Diva Studio)  – I would make the long sleeved version

C -Nightingale Socks (Vintage Purls Sock Club)

I know – socks.  I have been eyeing up this pattern for months now.  Maybe I have the nerve to make it.


So, cast your vote, and give your reasoning as to why I should stick-to-it with the other knits.  I am desperate for warmth in these chilly days!

PS – I wouldn’t mind color suggestions either!


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