Never was I so happy to down needles and finish a project! Not because I wasn't enjoying the process but because I was so impatient to be finished.
I decided last Christmas to take on the mammoth task of knitting a Fair Isle cardigan for myself and I had the perfect pattern in mind. I have Ann Feitelson's Art of Fair Isle Knitting and I had a hard time choosing a single pattern to begin with, but the shimmering girly quality of the Westerwick Cardigan took my fancy and I ordered the wool tout suite.
I cast on in January last year and the pattern just flew off the needles for the body and I thought I'd be finished in no time at all. Unfortunately, I ran out of wool and had to wait for more to arrive via Jamieson and Smith, so my gallop was stalled a wee bit. Then of course, the weather began to warm up and soon I was sweating under a mass of candy coloured sweaterness. Last Summer was the warmest I can remember in a long time, I even got tan lines!
So poor Westie was put away in a project bag in favour of lighter lace and cool silk blends. I would take her out every now and then and she'd plead with me to do a row or two...
I would occasionally oblige, but the heat, the sweaty fingers, the irritation of trying to smooth along a row on sticky needles just didn't make for a good knitting experience, so I gave up.
I did try to be good and finish up once September hit, but there were so many other things to knit *whines*...
But January and I are old friends. We know that once New Years Eve magically turns those clockwork cogs and a new year begins I turn my mind to *whispers* finishing things. Such a glorious feeling to put all that's new and shiny away and suppress those *start me* urges and focus on what needs to be done.
I survey all my lost and lonely projects and decide, firmly and with a solid determination, to take up and complete them one by one. Such a happy release to make the decision to whip those WIP's (works in progress) into submission. Love January, I do!
So next up is my Williamson Shawl, which is happily over the half way mark, so I hope to have another completed project on my hands fairly soon...