The Backlog plan. Plan A is the Ambitious plan that keeps me focused and on schedule with the projects. I don't know how other people plan and finish their projects but I need a schedule, the more specific the better, as in, I'll knit up one ball of X yarn everyday for the next X days and use one more day for finishing, and give a day or two leeway for unexpected interruptions. That was Will. That was ages ago. So close, yet so far...
That's all the grey yarn I have left and all the while I was knitting the sleeves, I had a feeling there wouldn't be enough and I felt like ripping to start a skinnier sweater. This rip/rip not had me stalling big time, as I'm loathe to rip. As you can see, I decided to continue with it and I think there'll be enough, but just. I haven't touched the steek vest and I started the first of my Christmas gifts, the DNA scarf for my husband. DNA is actually one of his subjects of study so you could say I'm stoking his geekiness for my knitting pleasure. :-)
The yarn is extra fine merino with some silk and cashmere thrown in. Delicious. Even my sensitive neck doesn't itch with this stuff. The slipped stitch at the edges look neat but this scarf is going to need some blocking as the bottom edge is a bit wavy. As always with cables, it's exciting to see the pattern as it emerges. I'm able to get about two and a half repeats out of one 25 g ball of yarn.
So plan B is this: I'll finish Will, the vest, and the scarf before I go to LA and SF in about eleven days time. *Seems* reasonable. If there's time I might be able to squeeze in a skirt from the Simple Chic book.
These Japanese pattern books are very pretty, all on their own. There're about 20 patterns in each book and costs about the same as one Vogue pattern, which might contain just three different patterns. The only thing with the Japanese patterns is you have to trace out the pattern and add on the seam allowance whereas the US patterns are 'ready to cut'. I think my pattern is somewhere on this page.
Besides the pattern books, I bought some yarn recently too. Here's some of it. I was so good for a while but I lost it starting with the Jaeger Chamonix from Kangaroo. I bought the pale yellow because I don't have any yellow yarn ;-) and this is one of the few yellows I can wear. Then I found Berroco Pleasure on sale at WEBS and I bought that too, for comparisons sake, of course.
Both yarns have a chain construction and are about the same thickness but the Pleasure is considerably cheaper if you buy enough other yarn to get the extra discount. I bought other yarn, naturally. There's the one hank of Artyarns Royal silk. Gorgeous! I bought it with making a small evening bag in mind but now I'm not so sure, as the yarn is a bit delicate for that.
And some Noro Big Kureyon for (I hope) felted slippers.
The other yarn worth mentioning is Jaeger's Cashair, which I purchased from Colourway. Very soft and light as a feather (so it's not drapy at all). I knit up one ball to see how many balls I'd need for Teva Durham's braided scarf. Cashair knits up at the same gauge as the Karabella Super cashmere called for and five balls of Cashair equals three balls of Super cashmere in yardage. I was hoping to get away with four but no, every yard of the five will be needed if I knit to the measurements specified.
Do you see the knotty ball? There is a knot in the rolled up ball too. This vexes me. For this price, and just 47m per ball, I really don't want to join more ends. It's probably just these two balls, I know. Well, I ought to get on with plan B, otherwise there might be need for plan C, which is just short of vegetating and kicking myself off the knitting planet.