Castonitus can be a wonderful or terrible thing....depending on whether you see your needles as half full or half empty! I'm in the wonderful camp. Having a blast casting on projects whenever I fancy. Over the last few days I've cast on a pair of mitts and intend on following Arne and Carlos' tutorial for how to cast on a pair of mittens. It's different than the Tin Can Knits tutorial....expanding my technique base can only be a good thing!
I'd only got as far as 12 stitches into the rib on the wrist before I was struck by a burning desire to cast on Stephen West's Boneyard Shawl. This is my all time favorite shawl to knit. I found some Noro Silk Garden Sock, which had been maturing for about four years and cast on.
It's really any excuse to use these stitch markers.....
After frogging and reknitting a few times, I'm going up in needle size from a US 8/5mm to US 10/6mm. It was just too tight on the smaller ones. I will see how these go!
She Bop is just about half way throught. It will probably finish up about ten inches wide, which is great, as I had no idea how far the yarn would go. If I manage to squeeze out enough yarn to make it eleven inches wide, that will be even better!
A quick add up of projects on the needles is...
- a hat for Grey, which he needs to try on, as I have the funny feeling it is going to be too big.
- a pair of vanilla socks.
- She Bop (cowl, with a made up as I go along pattern).
- Spindrift by Helen Stewart.
- Boneyard by Stephen West.
- a pair of Tin Can Knits super simple mittens
- a pair of Arne and Carlos mittens.
That will keep me going for a while!