It drives my husband nuts that I have a thing for turtlenecks. Make that a deep resounding love of turtlenecks. Cowls are a close second, as they almost do the same job, but turtlenecks oh they snuggle my neck, take away some of my chin and keep me pleasantly warm. My husband though, likes to sneak up behind me while I'm busy in the kitchen to give me a ticklish kiss on the neck (which always makes me jump and give a little shriek), but with turtlenecks he's instantly thwarted. Ha! So, now that you know how much I adore turtlenecks it won't be a big surprise that I am currently working on two turtleneck knitting projects.
The first is the lovely Hugo turtleneck poncho I talked about last time. He has since been put in time out for the moment. His issue, because of course it couldn't be my fault, is that the purl, ktbl, ktbl, purl detail I used to replace the cable pattern is looking rather wonky. The increases occur on either side of this "seam" and as you can clearly see the one side is nice and tight and the other is all gaping. I knew this for some time, but kept on knitting thinking it would go away if I knit fast enough, but alas it's here to stay. Since it really irks me I will indeed be frogging back to the collar section to begin again, probably to use the original cable patterning. With there being quite a bit knitting to frog back I need to steel myself to do it hence, the time out he's taking in his project bag.
Because this girl can't go without knitting for more than a few minutes I grabbed the nearest project and volia! another turtleneck found it's way into my hands. This is Thea Coleman's White Russian pattern which I last knit and blogged about this past June. I have only progressed about 3 pattern repeats since last time, but I'm only 5 more repeats away from separating the sleeves from the body. That will be an exciting moment dropping those extra 160 stitches. It should make the body rounds feel like they just fly by right? Since this project and I are getting along well I think it will become my project for our upcoming road trip to Madison, WI. Five wonderful hours of car knitting there and then another five coming home - yay! We're going to the WI Sheep and Wool Festival which is about a 1/2 hour to the east of Madison. My husband and I both went to UW Madison for college so it will be fun to show our old haunts to our son. I'm taking an all day class on natural dyeing at the Fairgrounds while the boys go exploring in Madison. Then we will spend the next day at the Festival and round it off with a night in a hotel in town (we're camping for the first 2 nights.) Leaving us a final day with all three of us together in Mad town. I hoping it's lots of fun for everyone and not just this the fiber enthusiast.