Summer, auf wiedersehen. Bonjour, Autumn.
If there is one thing a contest or giveaway is good for, it's learning that you are not alone in your insanity. Some of you have some crazy long lists; and, I totally respect that. My plans for fall seemed ready, and then a friend gave me a request that might push a ton of my fall projects into winter (as opposed to the few projects I was previously expecting).
So I think this is all of the fall knitting that I have planned. The grey (back left) is some Beaverslide Dy Goods McTaggert Tweed destined to be a sweater. I have no idea which one since I have changed my mind about the pattern no less than 6 times between taking it out of the cabinet and winding the cakes. The orange yarn next to the grey is going to be a shawl, very fall, no? The taupe/brown yarn next to the orange is going to be a Wallaby, I think it's time that Little Sir had one that was easy care and cotton. Below that is some dyed Perrendale wool that is going to be spun up and knit into a sweater for Little Mister. Next to the blue roving and underneath the orange yarn is a sweater that has been in progress since last fall--it needs sleeves, that's doable. A skein of Cherry Tree Supersock in birches for socks. Some Louet sport...maybe another sweater for Little Mister, clearly one who gets so happy about fall needs fall sweaters? And then the single sock with the remainder of sock yarn for a sock that has been mateless for two years. So sad.
I was all set with the knitting plans; and, then a friend who bought a house in Costa Rica last year asked if I would make two afghans for her new piece of paradise to brighten things up. Um, how could I say no? I could not. So I am going to be crocheting two afghan throws; but, I need to finish them so she can take them along to her new place in November. So that is likely going to be where my efforts get concentrated first. I haven't gotten the yarn yet (and can I just freely admit how giddy I am to be ordering new yarn? It's so exciting to looks at the colors and imagine what the yarn can be turned into! I wish I could be a personal shopper for yarn types, I would be so good at that. Really.).
And then there are the quilts. I wants to make tons, but I have to finish the log cabin quilt. Little Sir is very interested in helping me. I think the hold up for this quilt is the fact that I decided to quilt it myself, when the sensible solution would be to send it out to a professional quilter with a longarm machine. But deep down, there is some part of me that wants to be able to say, "oh, quilt a queen-sized quilt, I've done that, it's not so bad." That is also the part me that I refer to as my naive and stupid side, so there you are.)
And then there is this autumnal stack for a kid's quilt.
And don't even get me started on my weaving plans. I don't know what they are, but I know I have plans to weave...
In case you were wondering, I wasn't as successful on the summer finishing front, the red scarf is done (needs wet blocking); and, I am super close to finishing the lacey shawl...I should be able to get things from the summer list done this week though (with the exception of the sweater vest, never have I felt so plagued by such a simple project). I don't feel so bad about it, I had a nice and restful weekend with my boys, and that was where my priorities were for the holiday.
And as for the contest/giveaway, I used a random number generator to "pick" a winner, and that would be Ali who blogs at Skeins Her Way. Thanks for playing everyone, good luck with finishing your summer projects and getting through your fall knitting list!