I want to start something new. One of my family members will be in the hospital next month, and I'm looking for a project that is easily picked up and put down while I'm visiting.
Last month I took out the yarn (bought five years ago already!) and pattern for the Lace Ribbon Scarf. After three swatches with the substitute yarn, I finally got gauge, and started the actual pattern. You know what? Four rows in, and already know I'm not going to like it.
In the pattern photo, the original yarn (Classic Elite Alpaca Sox) has a fine texture to it, a more delicate look. My yarn does not. This is especially noticeable on the back, which is not reversible, and not pretty:
It looks a little too "homemade" to me, especially from the back side.
Nonreversible scarves didn't always bother me, but for some reason, they do now.
So, back to the queue and the stash to see what other possibilities there are. Annis and its larger version, the Buttercup Shawl, are possibilities, as is Rosewood. I keep going back and forth on the Sweet Lily shawl too. I want the project to be something I totally love to keep me motivated, and also something without any finish work, as I am still "finishing" the Vogue A-Line skirt embroidery and the little roses for the other scarf.
I haven't ruled out a sweater, but I only have yarn for heavy winter sweaters, which I'm not ready to start just in case summer decides it is finally going to arrive. (Sixty degrees in June?! Really?!!!) And I still have the Noni purse patterns, but reading them is a little difficult even when I do have quiet to concentrate (nevermind a hospital!). So...I'll keep working on the little roses until I finally decide on something. Does this happen to you too? How do you decide what to knit, when you're not gift knitting and are making something for you? Maybe when I find just the right thing, I'll know for sure.
Last weekend, for our anniversary, Chris gave me an oriole feeder. I've never seen an oriole in real life, but, for some reason, they intrigue me, the way some people are captured by hummingbirds.
I haven't had any visitors yet, so today we're going to move the feeder to the backyard, away from the house, and see if that helps. This birdfeeding thing is pretty new to me; I've got a goldfinch feeder and have been putting out a few suet cakes too. We've seen some red-headed woodpeckers and bright red finches, along with a lot of grackles that I'd rather not feed. Do you feed the birds in your area? What visitors do you have? I'd love to hear about them!