Friday, January 4, 2008

Winter doldrums

Every year after Christmas, I get into a knitting funk where I'm just not motivated to start anything new or pick up any WIPs. Does anyone else have this problem? My guess is that it's burn-out after the rush to get Christmas gifts finished on time. And this year is no different. I have one sock finished, one Fetching fingerless mitt finished, and one Little Gems Mitt finishedall of which need a pair. But I don't want to do them. I'm at a knitting loss. So I've been trying to decide on a new, challenging project to pique my interest and get me motivated. And here's what I've come up with:


It's the Turkish Cape from Fall 2005 Vogue Knitting. I loved the pattern when I first saw it and have been itching to start it ever since my Turkey trip last spring. I ordered the yarn, and it came in not long ago. It's so luxurious and soft! I can't believe I've never used Blue Sky Alpacas before.

It was also quite fun explaining to my brother that "baby alpaca" does not literally mean that the yarn comes from *baby* alpacas.

Here's my brother modeling his Christmas cap from last year—this is an equal opportunity blog. Everyone gets their picture on here at some point or another; those are my mom's hands modeling the Little Gems Mitts in the last post. (We just got around to taking the FO picture of the cap this Christmas!)

Now I'm off to go cast on the cape!


Sarah said...

wow, I just ripped back about 3 inches of that wrap! I love it but my darn brain is too fuddled. And I needed the needles. I am sure yours will be gorgeous!

Imagine two of those in New Orleans :)

a friend to knit with said...

oh, i can't wait to see your progress of this cape! i have always loved it!

hilary said...

that pile of wool you've got pictured is so beautiful. i kinda want to steal it from you so i could just look at those pretty colors and textures all day, but i don't know how to knit (well) so it would be a huge waste. also, i can't wait to see the finished project. pretty neat!