A recount...

Last weekend it was obvious as I pulled project bag, after project bag, after project bag out of the, well... knitting bag(s), that I needed to be reigned in, because this is a lot of projects - even for me.

There were 14. Yes... F.O.U.R.T.E.E.N.

And, yes, I am ashamed. Kind of. When I'm not laughing. Mostly, I'm laughing.

Projects1AYSo, with class prep and fall sample knitting staring me in the face, I took a deep breath - maybe more than just one and I may have grabbed a bevie - and sat down to make some tough decisions.

In my defense, there are a few reasons for this embarrassing - and hilarious - state:

  • Everything (and I mean everything) goes in a project bag - real and 'fake' projects.
  • Testing (aka 'fake' projects) - grabbing random leftover bits from shop samples to try a project or technique and these REALLY don't count because they aren't anything, but it's still a bag.
  • Class projects - sometimes I might not always count these and sometimes it turns into not counting them at all. Note to self... this is probably not a good idea.
  • Shop samples - see above bullet point on 'Class projects' and note to self.
  • DOA Projects - these are the ones that never had a chance, but I stubbornly tried to stick with it. In reality, they just need to be frogged to purge the demons so the beautiful yarn can again be full of potential to be what it really wants to be.
  • Long-term projects - Beekeeper's Quilt is the perfect example. That puppy is not happening overnight.
  • FO's - seriously, I have more exciting things to do after I bind off and block than wind leftover yarn into a ball and put it into the stash.

So, after all was said and done, my 14 contained one or more of all of the above and I'm now down to 8 (or 7 if we are in agreement that the Beekeeper doesn't really count) and I feel this is respectable enough - we aren't going for perfection in a week.

Projects2AYYes, I know, the leopard loveseat print is totally rad and makes me look even more like a crazy yarn shop lady (thanks Dynae)! Just imagine a Beekeeper's Quilt on it - whoa!

Anyway, here's the breakdown of what's left...

The 4 in the back contain: my Grace, a skein of Spud & Chloe Sweater in Chipmunk for a tall Canning Jar Sweater and Calorimetry, Beekeeper bits (as previously stated, this probably doesn't really count) and a tall Canning Jar Sweater for hubby because he kind of deserves it.

The 4 in the front contain projects for Firefly Fibers: a Little Dragon, a Clapo-Ktus (I can't pronounce it either, but it's lovely) and 2 secret class projects that are really close to the finish line!

I feel like I can cast on another project now.. well, maybe not quite yet.

Now that I've shared... What's in your project bags?

Getting fresh

Summer is here and I'm inspired to freshen things up! Our CSA started a couple weeks ago so I'm happily enjoying fresh fruits and veggies. This is my favorite time of year for food and I'll share more on our CSA in another post, just know that it is fabulous! I do have a few things on the needles - shocking, I know - but a project has freshly come off the needles...


This last Sunday, hubby and I enjoyed breakfast and coffee at our favorite coffee shop while I knitted on my Cap Sleeve Lattice Top. I'm happy to share that it went into the bath on Monday night and as of this morning, it's dry! This was part of a KAL that I joined in May (I think), but I missed the deadline and I'm okay with that. I'm hoping for a Friday morning open knitting debut at the shop and I'll post the full details and photos soon.

So, now I only have 3 sweaters on the needles:

  • one is in a time out
  • another is a secret *muahahaha*
  • the last is for the Beginning Sweater Workshop at Firefly Fibers.


Our class is getting a fresh new shop sample with Lamb's Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep - the yarn is new to the shop and it's a great fit for the upcoming class! This sweater class has it all and I'm really excited to create some new sweater monsters - umm, I mean knitters - this fall!

My knitting bag also contains the next Knitalong, my hexipuff pouch for my Beekeeper's Quilt and the Forest Floor hat from Botanical Knits for a shop sample. This almost seems too manageable, maybe I need to cast on a new project?