Well. Here I am, back from my self-imposed exile. You see, there was this article. Technically it was due mid-October. I told myself I could finish it and then feed The Blog as a reward. I just sent the final draft off to the editors last night. Can I even begin to tell you how much I did not want to write that article? But it's done and gone. At last reading it sounded to me like I didn't want to write it, but the Princess looked it over and assured me that, as long as it's read by an audience that has never met me, they'll never be able to tell. Not, let me state, the way I wanted to start the New Year.
But. It's done and I'm back and I have been knitting. Sometimes as an avoidance technique. Sometimes as therapy. Sometimes in a grimly determined effort to reduce the stash. The total was impressive. 5 Garter Squish Blankets (free on Ravelry) for Christmas gifts at roughly 12 skeins of worsted per blanket. 4 cowls of the Inspira variety (also free on Ravelry), also for Christmas gifts, at 4 skeins each. 20 little knitted Christmas trees for gifts and the Christmas Market (Not much help reducing the stash; three inch cones on US3 needles pretty much are only good for using up bits and bobs of yarn). 4 Minikins, also for the Christmas Market (Again, not much stash busting; see note on Christmas trees above). [I mention here a blanket knit by The Princess, as an additional 12 skein stash-bust and because it was my idea (I think).]
Let it also be noted that I finished the original Garter Squish Blanket and the Original Color Affection Shawl.
Most of the pictures, however, are on The Princess' new camera and I am not going to attempt to retrieve them without her around. You'll just have to wait.
Instead, and to keep this post from being a rant, let's go back to that adjective modifying the Color Affection Shawl, "Original" implies more than one. If you go to this post, and scroll down, you'll find a photo of the yarn I planned for the Next Color Affection Shawl. The yarns are Tosh Sock in Byzantine, Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere 4-ply in 68/Burnished Gold and Malabrigo Sock in 811/Eggplant.
Alas, plans were made to go awry. That gold yarn? The soft and silky cashmere blend by Jade Sapphire? Too thin. Very light fingering weight. Too light to be compatible with the other yarns. I was sure I had the colors right, so went searching for a sock weight, true fingering yarn in the same greenish-gold family. You'd be surprised how many golds there are out there that shade to orange.
I thought I had found it in Dream in Color's Smooshy with Cashmere in Medieval until I wound it up and looked at it next to the Tosh Sock in Byzantine.
Too close in value, I thought. Not a problem; I could use the Malabrigo Sock in 800/Tizano Red that I intended to use for wristlets (a less successful past Christmas gift knitting plan, best left buried in oblivion). Except now that I've finished the first, solid color section of the shawl and am looking at starting the first set of stripes, I'm having second thoughts.
Red, gold and purplish grey. Isn't that maybe too mundane a color combination? What if I end up with an (*gasp*) ordinary shawl?
I went looking for sock yarn in the stash. I have more than I realized. Way more.
Decisions, decisions. I will keep you posted.