I'm still moving forward, and still knitting. And I'm actually finishing some projects - successfully, even - which is a good feeling. The rest of life continues to be overwhelming, and every time I think I'm seeing an end in sight, something else gets added to the back of the queue. My date now for feeling like I can actually take a breather without something hanging over my head is December 12. One more month. (Although I suppose I should acknowledge that grades aren't due until the 22nd, so I probably won't feel really done until then, but it should be an indication of how overwhelmed I am that stacks and stacks of grading feels like the least of my worries!)
Meanwhile, though, knitting successes are happening. First, I present: Bel Air.
I finished it Thursday night and blocked it yesterday morning. I am wearing it right now.
This is a good one! The pattern was perfectly clear, as Anne's patterns tend to be, and each bit went off without a hitch. I love the colors, which will look good with jeans (my ubiquitous uniform), and I think this will also look good with dark brown - still need to check, but that would be nice. The simplicity of most of the sweater is offset by the gorgeous lace of the front, which worked really well with the variegation in the yarn, I think.
It fits perfectly (yay!), and I can already tell this is going to be one of those sweaters I wear a LOT. It's a perfect weight for life here in SoCal, as it's knitted out of sock yarn - very fine, with a lovely drape.
Project details: Bel Air, by Anne Hanson. Knitted out of Malabrigo sock, colorway Persia. I used somewhat less than the three skeins I'd bought, and ended up with 1 1/8 oz left; that's about 140 yards, so maybe enough for a pair of clog socks? We'll see. Knitted using a size two needle for the ribbed hems, and size three for the body. My Rav project page has all the details.
Now I need to decide whether this is dressy enough to wear for my presentation a week from today (!!). I think it may be, even with these black jeans if I can't find something else; the AAA is a fairly casual conference in many ways, but I don't like to push it.
I also finished a second hat; I'm thinking of calling it the Cloisters Cap (that's how the Rav pages are labelled right now). It turned out exactly as it should have, and the chart I'd put together from examining the first one worked like a charm.
There was one cable that I sent the wrong way on the chart, but that's fixed now. The girls seem very happy with them, and I'm thinking I might need to get one more ball each of those yarn colors to add to the leftovers from the hats to make mitts. We'll see.
The pattern is all together in one place now. Alas, that place is my notebook, rather than my computer.
I am trying very hard to download one of the free knitting fonts that's out there so I can chart this thing in either Excel or Word, but I am having no luck. I realize that this must be an artifact of my feeling overwhelmed; how hard could it be to get a font to load? It will happen, and then I'll get this thing charted and pdf'd and posted to Ravelry.
Meanwhile, I'm going to work on this sock, I think.
Socks are soothing.