a mild case of startitis.

(Sudden Saturday onset, as a result of sunshine and a 100 degree reading on the sick-and-tired-of-all-this-work temperature scale. I’m hoping it was only a 24-hour bug…)

Here’s the first bit of my wurm hat. I decided to cast on the medium (100 st), and I’m using a size 5 circular, instead of 4s for the hem and 6s for the rest of the hat — not for any good reason, but because I was able to locate a size 5 circ. I love the color transitions, and I think this is going to be a fantastic yarn match for this pattern. I’m a little concerned about my turned hem — about a third of it is really smooth and well-lined up, but there are places where it feels a little wonky. I wasn’t super meticulous about this, but I did rip back a little bit to try to improve part of the hem row. I think one of the issues is just that the variation of my handspun makes it hard to have even a perfect 1 to 1 match up result in a folded fabric that lays perfectly flat. I can’t exactly see how it will look on my head without taking it off the needles, so I’m just going to go with it for now and trust that it will look fine — or that I can block it into looking fine.

I also cast on simple things, by Mary-Heather Cogar of ravelry fame, whose gorgeous sunset photos help me deal with my southwestern withdrawal. I’m using Blue Moon Socks that Rock mediumweight in the Gypsum colorway, and I love how this feels in my hands. This yarn was a gift from Laura, and I am excited to be able to wrap these colors around my neck. This is going to become my in-the-bag knitting…if I put it down long enough to place it in my bag.

Yesterday Boh and I took a nice long walk along the creek and reservoir near my house. I think he is still sleepy from all the sunshine and playtime — he didn’t move when I pulled up the covers.

And here’s where he was about fifteen minutes later. I ground the coffee and got my french press ready, snapped a few photos of yesterday’s knitting, and then went back into the bedroom and found this. Sweet, sweet dog.

Alright. Time to get to work!


8 thoughts on “a mild case of startitis.

  1. Must be the weather, I started 2 things yesterday and still have several other that are the last legs of being finished. Today is my walk in the park, to cold yesterday. Love the colors and patterns.

  2. I suspect that the hem will be overshadowed by the lovely wurm-y bands and that you won’t notice it at all in the finished product. It’s looking great!

    If you’re actually working on both projects, I don’t see the harm in having started them close together.

  3. Sunshine, Saturday, and piles of reading never go together. I bet the folded-over wonkiness will block out perfectly … just like every other bump along the way. Good luck with today’s pile!

  4. Yes, that bug is particularly strong at this time of year! Looks like you made the most of your Saturday. And Boh… sweet as ever.

    The “having fun” bug bit me hard yesterday, and I’ll be paying for it all day today, but it was worth it!

  5. Hmmm. I started two things yesterday and am plotting a third. Obviously, it was beyond my control! I’m looking forward to seeing these!

  6. At least your spring fever has pretty yarn to work with… :D

    ~ Bethany

  7. Aww, Boh! Animals snuggling in beds is the cutest thing EVER. On weekends, I often walk into the bedroom to find a cat-sized lump in the middle of the bed. Poke the lump, it moves a little bit. Poke again, it meows. Look under the covers, there’s a sleepy-looking, warm kitty in there! Oh my gosh, so cute.

    Your new projects look extremely fun. I bet the hat’s hem will even out when it’s worn, due to the slight stretching. And, like you said, blocking will probably help too. Can’t wait to see more of both the hat and the shawl!

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