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Getting my knitting mojo back

As I mentioned in my last post, my recent past has been mostly devoid of knitting. Sure, I worked on some projects here and there, with most of my knitting time occurring at my Tuesday knit knitting group. This hardly compares to my previous insatiable lust, though.

Well, I’ve decided that it is time to do something about that. “What can be done?,” you might be wondering. Well, that is a very good question… thankfully, one for which I have an answer: the knitting mojo project.

A new project to start and complete quickly, in order to get me excited again and back into the swing of things. The project needs to be small and highly portable with just enough detail to keep me engaged but not so much that I have to perform a lot of calculations or complicated procedures.

So, I’m sure you’re now saying to yourself: “What did he pick?! Get on with the reveal already!”

Ok.

Here it is:

Fallberry Fingerless Mitts by Anne Hanson, here being worked in Knit Picks Telemark in the colorway Squirrel Heather. While I would have preferred something a bit more obnoxiously bright and saturated, this particular yarn was chosen for two very important reasons:

  1. It was in my stash. This means that I didn’t have to wait, which would have totally cramped the knitting mojo nature of the project, and that I didn’t have to spend money, which will totally enhance the yarn purchasing funds for my upcoming trip to Maryland Sheep and Wool. (I didn’t mention that I was going to be at MD Sheep and Wool?! That might be because I haven’t been blogging recently… I’ll be there on Saturday, May 7; this will be the first time I get to attend the festival and I’m really looking forward to it. If you’re close enough to make it, why not go? Admission is free! And I’ll be there. How can you pass it up now?! Seriously.)
  2. It was the correct weight for the pattern. This meant that I didn’t have to do a lot of conversion math to make appropriately sized mitts for my hand.

I cast on last Friday and, so far, they are moving along swimmingly. While this weekend was extraordinarily busy, meaning a lot less knitting time than I would have liked to have, I have made a nice amount of progress. I think that they are just what the knitting doctor ordered to get me back on track… just in time for… Summer! Has anyone else on the East Coast noticed the distinct lack of Spring in recent years? I mistakenly thought that I might still have a day or two where I could wear these mitts in the morning while waiting for the train. I was utterly wrong. Yesterday’s 80 degree weather squashed all those hopes.

PS. This is the first blog post that I’m writing and posting completely from my iPad. My fingers are crossed that it all goes well. This could open up possibilities for blogging from the road, like at festivals, on vacation and while on camping trips. Super exciting!