Slogging Away

My projects are all slogging away.

I am slogging away on the twist cardigan:


It’s very pretty, my cousin will love it, but I’m not completely certain about the buttons that I ordered from the Button Emporium (really cool buttons there on that site, and other notions like Petersham grosgrain).

I’m dying to try a much better grosgrain button band based on the tutorial by Gigi of the Knitmore girls.  Terrific stuff!  But then I still need to knit a collar.  It needs a lot of focus to decide whether the buttons really work, and then get the bands done to a level I’m happy with. Slog.

Another slogging project is a pair of socks for my friend’s husband who will be going to  Afghanistan Iraq with his army National Guard unit the end of January/early February.  I’m done with one leg, and through most of a heel flap.  It doesn’t have to be done for a while, so the knitting is coming and going.  Slog, stop, slog, stop.

Then there’s the youth afghan/blanket for Afghans for Afghans.  I’m being a thrifty knitter here by using leftover squares and stash, but I am so over this project.  It’s the second biggest thing I’ve knit (my Log Cabin Square Afghan is the largest and probably one of my favorite knits ever).  The squares are done, crochet edged and joined.


It is coming out fine, if not perfectly geometric, but I am so beyond caring at the moment.  It got a good spritzing, and I may add steam to lie flat.  But that is not end; no, that would be waaaayyy too easy.  The blanket is 41 inches square pre-blocking, 42 inches post-blocking and it should probably be 45 inches square, which means I need to add at least 1 1/2 inches of border all the way around.  Shoot me now, please.

The fun knit is with my handspun Corriedale – a hot, amazing colorway from Crown Mountain Farms called Pina Colada.  Yum!  I’m not completely sure that the pattern, a new one called Candleglow Scarf out of the Sock-Yarn One Skein Wonders book, is completely right for the yarn – any opinions out there? The swatch itself looks pretty good:

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This will take a while if I continue, it’s done on Size 3 (3.25 mm) needles. But it’s fun, and for me!

What this knitter is yearning for is a quick, easy, selfish knit.