Closing in

We’re counting down to close, and hoping to move this weekend. Right now, instead of home décor, I’m focusing on boxing up our little townhouse and preparing for the big move and the big space we’ll be in soon. I’m working on some ideas for decorating that I hope you guys will enjoy, and by the end of the month I’ll take you guys on a little photo tour.

In the meantime, when I’m not packing, I’ve been knitting on two big projects. The first is a modified Jamesy from Knitty.

My husband is pretty warm-natured, so I wanted to make a light sweater for him. That meant I needed to knit the sweater with finer yarn than what was called for in the pattern. I am using fingering weight yarn and knitting on size 0 needles.

I’d like to emphasize what I just said there. I’m knitting my 6’4” husband a sweater using fingering weight yarn, on size 0 needles. That’s a lot of sweater, knit with very thin yarn, and while I like the way it looks, it has been slow going.

I’m also working on another big project, a wedding shawl for one of my best friends, Ashley. She’s getting married in Florida in July, about 3 days after my due date, so I will unfortunately not be making the trip down there. Since I can’t make the trip due to impending baby, I am making this shawl for her, something to help me celebrate with her in spirit.

Lace doesn’t ever look like much when its being knit, but this gives you a bit of an idea of what I’m doing. It’s based on Madli’s Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia to which I will add a different border. The last time I knit a wedding shawl was for my friend Courtney, and I did not allow myself anywhere near enough time. I ended up finishing the thing at 3am the night before the wedding, and falling asleep on the couch as soon as I bound off. I had to block it and put fans on it to dry while we were getting ready to go to the church the next morning. I’m doing no such thing this time. I’d like to have it ready to go at the end of April for her shower, but if need be, I have until early July.

I’ve been getting the itch to leave these projects and work on something a little smaller, but I’m trying to persevere until at least the sweater is finished. James has been waiting for his sweater for quite a while, and I expect a baby that is due in mid-July won’t be too desperate for a woolen layette. Perhaps I should sew some little cotton dresses instead…