While marital mongamy has always been a slam dunk for me, project monogamy has been less so. I'm not sure what the record is for the most projects in progress, but it seems as if 8 or 9 was probably the norm at one time. Lately, I've been a little more faithful to my projects and it certainly pays off in FO's! Our knitting group started a project last January in which we all picked a pattern for a gansey. I don't think any of us were doing the same one. I thought for sure I would be the last one done because I picked Cape Cod by Alice Starmore. At her hellatious gauge, I had to use fingering weight yarn and size 0 needles. It just goes to show what a little project monogamy can accomplish because I am one of the first to finish her gansey. Behold Cape Cod in all her glory!
I love everything about this sweater! The yarn, Knit Picks Gloss is a luscious blend of silk and wool. I like that it's fairly lightweight so I don't get overheated. I like the intricacy of the knit and all the classy little touches that Starmore is famous for. And I love the fit. A little loose and comfortable, but not baggy. This will definitely get a lot of wear. And I have to add that this would have never been finished (or at least not so soon) without Knit Companion. Recently they released a new version featuring smart counters which helped me with the multiple chart repeats and shaping on the sleeves.
I also managed to finish a pair of fingerless gloves for my sister:
The pattern is October Leaves, yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in Chinatown Apple. Wonderful pattern with lovely detail in the thumb area. And I have enough left from the skein to make another pair. Brown's not really my color, but I think I'll make them anyway and put them aside for a gift giving occasion.
That leaves me with only two wip's (and one in hibernation that may be frogged). Neither Evenstar or Dark and Stormy are real portable projects, so I cast on for a pair of Cookie A socks - Hedera. I keep saying I'm going to knit my way through her book, Knit Sock Love and they are the first in the book, so it's a start. No promises as to how far I'll get.
I did have a little moment of insanity and jumped on board a KAL. The project is Dragon of Happiness. Go take a look and come back laughing. Insane, no? Of course, I did have to break my yarn fast (hey, I lasted all of 3 weeks!) to order the yarn. And I think I just may have, in a moment of weakness, ordered some Signature needles to go along with it. This project is not going to go fast and will need frequent breaks, but I might as well be deliriously happy while knitting it! Of course, I know that I'll want to go throw all my Knit Picks needles in the trash. Or win the lottery.
My training for the half marathon is coming along, but not without a few bumps in the road. Today our club did a spin class. Let me go on record as saying that I hated it with a passion that is just a little scary. The endurance part was hard, but I could probably get over that. But without getting too technical, just let me say that the bike seat was painful! Even with an extra cushion they provided I was miserable the whole time. Next time they schedule a spin class I'll just go for a little run.