As part of my Year of Finished Projects, I actually started a major knitting project. I’m a slow knitter at the best of times and with a my hands full of Pipsqueak all day, things don’t get done very quickly. So starting a project during the year that I’m focusing on finishing those long overdue things seems sort of counter productive.
But as I was looking over my friend Sandy’s queue of knitting that she will never even start, I was reminded that my own list had stalled out. I have a ton of little things that I can accomplish easily – a toy monster in a bulky weight yarn that will take no time, lots and lots of socks that are surprisingly easy and some hats that I can do in my sleep. But I thought I’d like to get a Major Project (perhaps even a Lieutenant Colonel Project) (ha! Army humor!) started. I thought it would feel good to finish the “getting around to it” phase and actually cast on something out of my queue.
I picked Hanami. Please click on this link. There is a whole story behind this shawl I chose to knit that really adds to the appeal. Plus the link has pictures! Always a good thing. You clicking the link will let me *not* steal those pictures and paste them in here.
I have to admit that I am not a good lace knitter. I’ve only done one real lace project and I didn’t enjoy it. But I am drawn to all the beautiful lace. I’m not really up for the challenge, but I want that shawl. So I’ll persevere. Fortunately my friend in crafting-crime, Shanti, decided to knit along with me. She’s got a ton more lace experience than I, so she’s already passed me up. I’m not going to compare my progress to hers (ok, that’s totally untrue), but I am going to be inspired to keep going and actually finish this shawl in a timely manner.
And then I will have another finished project to share with you!