I currently have five projects on the needles. For me, it might be a record.

  1. Honey Cowl #11
  2. Cockatoo Brae
  3. Nordic Wind Shawl
  4. Sockmatician’s Toe Ups
  5. Baby Moc-a-Socs

The Honey Cowl is my go-to project, the knitting I reach for even on my most busy of work days. I never need to think about what I’m doing. I just pick it up where I left off and round and round I go. All of the cowls I’m giving to my students for the holidays are finished. This last and eleventh cowl is for me. I’m aiming to finish it in the next ten days or so.

I cast on Cockatoo Brae in the summer of 2016, and I worked on it for a good spurt this summer. Since it’s fingering weight yarn, I’ve knit just about six inches of the body. I love the yarn and pattern, but it might be a little while before I get back to it. First, after the Honey Cowl Project is done, I will turn to making a sweater from the yarn my parents brought back from Uist Wool.

The Nordic Wind shawl is languishing. I love it. It’s soft and squishy, made from some of my first handspun. But I’ve cast on other projects, which means that this lovely thing has just been lazing about in a basket in the wool closet.

From the Fiber Optics blend (described in this post), I spun a blue/grey sport weight yarn. Eager to see how the yarn would look and function when knit, I cast on my first toe-up socks, using Sockmatician’s toe-up pattern. I’ve knit to where the increases begin along the instep, and now I need to plug some numbers into the formula. Even though I’ve read through the pattern several times, I’m having trouble envisioning the heel construction. The instructions couldn’t be more clear, so I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

I have two colleagues who are expecting babies soon. I plan to knit two pairs of baby booties before we break for the winter holidays. I’m knitting the Baby Moc-a-Soc from Bekah Knits. Stephanie Pearl McPhee knit these booties for her grandson, and I thought they were adorable.

I’ve learned that I tend to rotate through two or three (but not more) projects at a time. I like having a few different things going: big and small, complicated and simple. And it’s fine with me if a project sits for a while in the basket in the wool closet. It’s not homework. There’s no deadline, no requirement that projects move at a certain pace. I don’t even have to finish what I’ve begun. I can frog a project that has lost its appeal.

For now, though, I won’t be casting on a sixth or seventh project. I wouldn’t want it to end up lost and lonely in some dark recess of the wool closet.


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