It has been a slow, strange summer around here. June and July always bring time-sensitive costume sewing, altering, and mending for work, which destroys both my sewing space and my enthusiasm, and this year it was all made worse because I was also looking for a new job. After 4.5 years in my current job, I forgot how exhausting and demoralizing the job search can be! I am so thrilled, though, to say that at the end of this month I will start a new job at The Marine Mammal Center. It is such an amazing organization and I still can’t quite believe I’ll be contributing there every day. If you are in the Bay Area and haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend it.
Anyway, unable to face sewing at all, I’ve been knitting up a storm! No finished objects to show yet, though, as I keep switching projects. Here is my queue…
Current project: Lucca Shawl
One day I just had to start a lace project, and the Lucca Shawl it was. I am loving this pattern and can’t wait to see what it looks like!! Right now it’s impossible to know, being on small circular needles. It’s just a puffy, lacey blob.
UFO #1: Martine Pullover
This was going along just fine until that day I had to start a lace project! Almost done with front and back. So far I like this pattern, but the stitch pattern is hard on the hands. It’s probably not a bad thing that I’m taking a break.
UFO #2: Fairweather Gansey
I ran out of yarn with just a partial sleeve and neckband to go. The yarn is still available, but I haven’t gotten around to ordering it yet, for some crazy reason!
UFO #3: Stonecutter Pullover
Not even going to picture this sad thing–the lovely cables won’t show up in black anyway! This is the end of Stonecutter. Despite appearing to be almost done with front and back, I need to fix the back armhole and I’m just over it. As much as I love black, I’m never, ever knitting a complicated pattern in black again. Low visibility sucked all the joy out of this pattern! I do want to make it, though, but in a light yarn or maybe even a non-neutral!
I think this change of job will bring a change of spirits, and I’ll be motivated to sew once more for a more casual lifestyle. In the meantime, just keep knitting!