Juggling Projects

On Friday I agreed to another test knit. That now makes 6 projects I have on my needles (if you’re keeping count that’s Guthrie, Blocks Blanket, Rainbow Tecumseh, Tiny Tecumseh and a gift for my Mom). Am I crazy? Perhaps. Am I happy? Helllllll yeah!
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This is one of the yarns I’ll be using in my brioche test knit I’ll share next month, it’s a good one. And I’m down to the last color of my rainbow for the body of my rainbow Tecumseh! Although I’m considering making it longer and adding two more colors but I need to finish my sleeves to see how much yarn I’ve got left and if that’s possible. And since I’ve got people starting the Tecumseh knitalong even now I’m happy to slowly work through it.
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And did I mention that my mother gave me enough of a hint to know that she wants me to knit her something for her birthday? LOL Yeah, she isn’t subtle and her birthday is in early October. I’ve cast on something I think she will absolutely love AND it doubles as a great commuting project. I don’t have anything intricate to memorize and can just blindly knit for 30 minutes.
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But I’ve got lots of time on my hands, a traveling husband and two dogs that are more than willing to snuggle me while I knit.
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I think I’m going to be able to knock out some really fun projects in the next few weeks! What about you? What are you working on?

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So Many Works in Progress

I’m going into my last week at my job and they want me to wrap up all the things. Honestly, I don’t think they will realize how much I did until I’ve left because every few hours I remember another thing I need to switch over to someone else or give instructions on how to do or give some type of closure on. I’ll be happy when my inbox is zero’d out. On top of that I’ve got to submit things to the university at the end of the week in preparation for school! And I’m teaching two new to me classes and I’m a little nervous because they’re core courses so I have to match what others are teaching. So of course, what do I do over the weekend? Start a new knitting project in the midst of all my chaos.
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I cast on another cotton Guthrie sweater yesterday afternoon. This one will be long sleeve and it is black for the main color (I never knit with black) with hot pink for the pattern. I really do love this pattern and the colorwork is kind of rhythmic and soothing to me. It’s a great break in my mind from everything else. But I wasn’t just randomly starting new things and ignoring others…
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One of the few pics I’ve taken of the Spindrift cardigan I’m working on for my sister. I’ve completed the entire body and blocked it before I pick up stitches for the neckband (picking up stitches is my favorite part). Then I’ve got almost 6 inches of garter stitch for the neckband to work on before I’ll block it again and sew on pockets. It’s so close to being finished. YAY! And not pictured…I swatched the yarn for my newest test knit I plan to start this week. It’s all garter stitch and gauge is pretty critical so I wanted to make sure I was on point and focused on getting my gauge right. I like to wait 24 hours for it to dry and then do my measurements and I’m spot on! Woohoo!
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And of course in between the laundry, grocery store runs and cooking (I got an Instant Pot and am pretty obsessed with how fast everything cooks) I got distractions from my knitting. Jellybean decided for a bit that she needed to be directly in my face and staring into my eyes for a solid 20 minutes Saturday. She just kept wiggling that little butt and pulling up on me, so I obliged and gave her all my attention and love.
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And when Cher is over me knitting she just becomes the obstacle I can’t move. She loves to just physically plop herself directly on top of whatever I’m working on and demand that I rub her head. This was Sunday afternoon when she decided I did not need to focus on my Guthrie, she was totally more important. And she is, so I stopped for her.

If I can make it through this week I’ve got a week break to myself before orientation and classes start. I know I’ll be using it to prep for class and get myself ready but I’m still looking forward to that week at home to try and get my life together. I’m so close I can taste it.