11 months.. has it really been that long since I last posted? Wow. I will admit, I took a break from knitting for something like 6-8 months. Probably March of last year was about when I took my break.. and I didn't pick it back up with any seriousness till about Christmas...on a trip up to Boston to visit Ryan's family. But, that did the trick of reminding me that I love knitting :)
We were all packed and ready to head out on a plane that evening, and I head off to work for the day. While working.. I realize that I didn't pack anything to do for the trip other than a single book.. and that just won't cut it. So what would be better? I must find a knitting project I can take!! A quick inventory of my ravelry projects reminded me that I didn't have anything in progress other than my big sweater that made me take a break from knitting in the first place.. so I needed to figure out something else... something that I could do with what yarn I had in stash. And probably a scarf of some type that would ease my way back into knitting again. I also remembered that I had a couple balls of Knitpicks' Aloft yarn.. and that'd make a beautiful scarf! So I did a really quick search on ravelry for a nice scarf pattern that would play up the mohair of the aloft yarn.. and found Dancing Cranes Stole. Beautiful pattern in mohair aloft? Yes please!
I'd say I got about 1/3 of the way through during my trip to Boston. Its *red*. I knit on both plane rides, and pretty much all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So glad I was smart enough to think of that. :-)
So, since the holidays, I've been working on different projects here and there. I have sort of worked on the Dancing Crane scarf.. but not enough to make much progress on it. Sometime in January, my local yarn store held a giant sale.. with everything 50% off. Call me a sucker, but it drew me right back in..even though I have lots of yarn already. But I never had bought any of the more expensive yarn since it was all just so..well.. expensive! *grin*. So I went in.. intending to get something, but having no project in particular in mind. I waffled over some gorgeous cashmere.. but decided in order to get enough to make anything, it would still be too expensive (damn you cashmere!). Instead, I settled on some Noro Silk Garden. I grabbed 10 skeins of colorway 319, which goes from black to gray to purple to green to mustard back to green back to purple. Its really pretty.
Still having no real plan on what to do with it.. i did some noro project searches..and found a pretty scarf that I would like to do.. so I started working on that. Its Bias Lace Scarf. Simple, quick, and shows off the colors great. That used up 3 skeins. So now I have 7 left. I seriously considered making a Lanesplitter skirt, which might likely use up all of my remaining 7 skeins, but decided I'd likely never wear it. And I wasn't absolutely certain 7 skeins would be enough. Plus, I found this pattern for a Boho Bag which was just amazing! I needed a new dice bag and have always wanted to try entrelac... soo, 3 skeins have been dedicated to my new Boho bag :) I'm currently a little more than half way through my first skein of the Boho bag, and I think I've really gotten the hang of entrelac - Yay me!! And it looks so awesome. I think I ended up choosing too large a size for this bag to really satisfy my dice-bag needs, but seeing as I have more skeins left-over, I can always make a second smaller one if this ends up being too big..and have this bigger bag for other uses and/or giftings.
I'm very glad to be back to knitting, and find it oh so relaxing. I'll try to take some pictures of all these projects soon to share.