In last week's post I was rather down and out and had been for quite a while, but oddly enough soon there after a turn around occurred. I cast on for yet another project (I think my current WIP count is 14 - yikes!) trying to bring back a spark of excitement to my knitting. This has been my tactic all month, but this particular time it actually worked! Yes, inspiration has struck! I started on the ever popular Baa-ble hat pattern which Donna Smith wrote for Shetland Wool Week 2015. I loved it the moment I saw it, but I didn't really need another hat thus I let the pattern languish in my favorites section on Ravelry. Then, early this Autumn I realized I had two of the four colors of Jamieson's Shetland Heather Aran I needed and on a quick search through Ravelry stashes I found the other two colors. I purchased them thinking it will be a fun project to start someday, maybe after Christmas.
Now, I'm not sure why I pulled out this pattern and started, but I am so glad that I did. It was as if the hat knit itself it went by so fast. After finishing the hat I really wanted mittens (I love matchy matchy sets of things) and upon weighing out my leftover yarn I thought I'd have enough. So, I plunged right into to knitting mittens following Donna's chart and making up the general pattern as I went along. The coolest thing happened - I had just, and I mean just enough yarn to finish with a scant 3 grams of blue Highland Mist leftover. I simply love it when that happens!
I now have this lovely new hat and mitten set and all that is lacking is a scarf or cowl. Well, I was pulling out the yarn I purchased from Kate Davies Seven Skeins Club (another attempt at bringing on some inspiration as the yarn come with 7 corresponding patterns) and what do you know? The green and cream skeins match the green and cream colored yarn used in my hat and mittens. Can we say new project? Yes, we can! I started Kate Davies Cochal honeycombed cowl pattern yesterday and am hoping to finish today. We'll have to see though, as the house and laundry are in a bit of a state since my knitting has taken over again. Maybe I'll achieve balance one day ;)