I had the goal of trying to clear out a few projects from my needles.
Really I did. . .
And I guess I'm not exactly breaking that goal, since my newest project uses a hook, not needles.
I've started into a Hooded Lace Scarf. It's my first foray back to crochet in over 10 years, but now that the foundation chain is done, it's actually looking ok; and not as scary as I thought.
When I first saw this pattern years ago as a teenager, I really thought it was pretty. But as a teenager, there was no way I was wearing a lace hooded scarf; and I didn't have the crochet confidence to make it.
Flash forward, and that pattern still appeals to me. (I'm -so- glad I kept my old pattern books!)
But it's still not my style. But I want to make it, and the challenge of a simpler crochet project is appealing. (Even if I did have to go to tutorials for single and double crochet to remind myself of what I was doing!)
And then I had a brainwave. I know someone who's style it is, who would actually appreciate and have opportunity to wear such a thing.
Yeay for a new Christmas project!
The yarn I'm using is Handmaiden Fine Yarns Lady Godiva. It's a silk/wool blend that has a gorgeous sheen. I ordered some from EatSleepKnit, since I couldn't find a place near me that stocked it (this was the order that had my winning ticket for a skien of Malabrigo, which is still awesome!)
Why did I start this now, though. When I've got so much other knitting to do?
Well, part of it is because the Lady Godiva yarn has been calling my name since I got it. It's really pretty. . .
But the bigger part is that I needed a brainless project. My volunteer work, while I love it, has me sitting through very long meetings. Knitting/crocheting keeps me from getting too fidgety, which means I actually pay attention. But I need a brainless project, something that I don't have to think about, and this pattern, with a foundation chain of 448 stitches and a 1-row repeat, is pretty brainless.
So there we go. More Christmas gifts started. Maybe I'll actually finish some of them!