A little bird flew my way this week--four skeins of Sparrow yarn. It's gorgeous! The delicate twists of linen feel cool and smooth. It would be just right for summer knitting. But you know I can't wait until summer, right?
For my knitting group's next knit along, we're doing something different. We learned from our motivation-draining BSJ mistake and are making a project for ourselves that we can use right away. We're making bags! Only we're not all knitting the same pattern; we've each chosen our own pattern and craft. Some of us will knit bags and others will crochet. It's a rather loose knit along, but I think it still counts.
So, last night I settled in with a mug of tea, a favorite show (Felicity), and a new pattern, the Dejeuner Bag. The provisional cast on scared me, and I don't know if I did it correctly, but now that all 110 stitches are on the needles, I'm not going back. The basic pattern stitch looks manageable, but the cast off and finishing seem difficult. I'm going to try to focus on the beginning and worry about the ending later.
Come summer I'll be the one in the straw hat and sundress carrying a linen bag and looking for a beach to comb. And since beaches are hard to come by here in Kentucky, I'll settle for a pool and a lounge chair.