Can’t Stop Starting

It’s official. I have been self-diagnosed with Start-itis. I’m afraid it may be terminal, because the stress is killing me!

I can’t seem to stop putting new projects on my needles.  Remember Rivel Cardi and Vestpa? Both in a deep deep sleep – coma-ville, in fact. Vestpa may even end up in the frog pond (ripped out, for those not famliar with the jargon)…I’m just not excited about it anymore.  Still love the design, but the yarn isn’t doing anything for me.  I think it wants to be cables or allover texture, or something…anyway, I digress.

The Start-itis all started back in late May when I accidentally happened upon Carol Feller’s 100th pattern celebration knit-a-long (KAL) of Ravi . I’ve never done a KAL before, and this pattern was so intriguing and looked like a relatively easy knit to keep up with, so I signed on.  Here’s the photo of the finished deal from Carol’s site, Stolen Stitches:

Here’s my progress as of a couple of weeks ago. I’ve done several inches more of the body since this:

The pattern calls for more of a sport weight, but I’m using fingering (Adirondack merino fingering [dark turq] and Sirino [light turq], which is a silk blend). Due to the lighter weight, it’s taking FOREVER to get the length I need in the fingering weight. I’m going to incorporate some of the darker blue into the neckline…it’s going to be very cool, people…wait and see…

The Ravelry notes for my Ravi are here: NicoleKneedle’s Ravi

So, while I was waiting (impatiently) for the first KAL clue to arrive, I started this little number from some sale yarn I bought at the Button Boutique when I worked there during the month of May.

This is Peggy from Sublime Yarns book #647 – The 2nd chic Sublime bamboo & pearls dk book:

I’m doing it two-tone dark brown and off-white.  Here’s what I got done before I cast on Ravi:

I would have loved to have used Sublime’s Bamboo and Pearls, but they only had goofy colors available to my LYS, so I’m using some Panda Silk DK. It’s crazy soft and drapey. Yum.

My notes on Ravelry are here:  NicoleKneedle’s Peggy

Theeeeeennnnn, at the end of June, we went on a road trip to the Okanagan, and I thought (pffft….as if I was thinking at all….pffft) that I could quickly whip up a little white shrug to wear over my navy blue dress at a wedding on July 7th.          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!       I know.  Here’s the pattern I figured was totally doable in a week while travelling and whatnot:

This is from the same book as Peggy.  It’s called Gina:

Gorgeous, is it not?  I’m using Paton’s Grace in pure white.  I thought it was a bit stiff at first, but it’s turned out to have good drape and body.

Here’s what I have so far – not even one-half done to date:

I suppose it’s possible that it will be finished before the summer is out, but I doubt it.  Which is just sad, really, because it will look awesome over that navy dress. Sigh.

Aaaaaand, last but not least, I’ve cast on the Shaken Not Stirred scarf by Wendy Gaal, which I need to finish before my almost mother-in-law’s 90th birthday in early October. I thought I’d better get it moving along because it really needs to be done on time, so it needs to move up the food chain pronto.

Here’s the photo from the pattern (the scarf name above is a link to the website):

And here’s where I’m at so far:

I’m using ShiBui sock yarn in the colorway Anime. I’m actually just a smidge farther along today after getting a bit of car-knitting done. My gorgeous, inspiring mother-in-law and I have shared many a martini over the years, so this is a special project for us both. I’ll be very excited to post the finished item in a month (or two at most, gulp).

So there you have it – four new projects on the needles in less than two months…AND I came this close to casting on a hemp dishcloth a few weeks back. I think I might need an intervention…

I’m very anxious to have the finished garments to wear.  The KAL will push me to get Ravi finished, but I don’t know how I’m going to complete the other two AND finish the martini scarf in time, unless…

…I stop sleeping at night. Sleep is overrated anyway.

Until next time, with NO NEW PROJECTS and progress updates on the ones on the needles.

In the meantime don’t forget to knit – it’s good for you!  (and I hope my raging case of Start-itis isn’t contagious!)

Cheers, Nicole


Hiya Knitters!

Hello, my name is Nicole and, yes, this is yet another knitting blog. (That’s Charlie above, in her “hounds”tooth coat 🙂

I really hesitated to create my own blog after realizing that every knitter and her dog (or cat) has a blog these days, but as it turns out, I couldn’t resist.

Here’s why:

  1. I love to knit. Seriously…love it.
  2. I can knit any pattern I chose, fearlessly (the harder, the better).
  3. I want to be a knitting pattern designer, writer, and teacher.
  4. I’ve known how to knit since I was a child and have been knitting garments for 25 years.
  5. I used to teach sewing classes for adults – everything from absolute beginners to advanced tailoring.
  6. I used to design and sew custom wedding gowns, quilted wall art, home decor, Xmas decorations, and more.
  7. I am an excellent writer (and also very modest).
  8. In conclusion… I knit, I create, I teach, I write…therefore, I blog.

It’s time to insert an interesting photo in my new blog, so here’s one of a lovely shrug I knit last year called Eve’s Ribs, designed by Carol Sunday of Sunday Knits.

  Here’s some more detail:

Pretty nice, eh?  (Yup, I’m Canadian – good work spotting the accent 🙂

If you’re interested, you can find out more about Eve’s Ribs here: Sunday Knits – Eve’s Ribs  (when you see words in pretty colours on my blog, it’s a link to a cool place)

Okay, how am I doing with this blog stuff so far?

Introduction? Check!

Pretty photo? Check!

Link to another site? Check!

So far so good, let’s continue.

How about one more picture before I finish my very first post – this is the Rill Scarf, designed by Miriam L. Felton. I knit it in the fall last year and I wear it every day. Every. Day.

   Isn’t the yarn spectacular?  I bought it at the Button and Needlework Boutique.

My next post will include photos of my many (or my favorite, if the many is too many) works in progress.  Also in the next post or two, I will talk about my favorite designers, and how I plan to learn pattern design.

If you’re a Raveler, I’m NicoleKneedles there.  Please look me up and say hello.  If you’re not a Raveler – be one:

There’s one of those RSS feeds up there somewhere, so you don’t miss anything.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’ll be back!

And…Knit! It’s good for you.

Cheers, Nicole