This one's been in my queue for a good long while. In fact, it was at the very top -- that means it's been waiting the longest, doesn't it? Well, it's finally time. Two big events in my life are calling for a long-term, mindless project, with just enough sporadic technique to keep me interested.
#1: This weekend is, of course, Sock Summit. So while I don't actually anticipate having any down time to actually sit and knit, I like to always have a project at the desk that I'm working on, to pick up while customers are exploring and picking out their custom blends. Of course, this necessitates a project that can be quickly abandoned with no great risk of losing my stitches, count, lace repeat, or place in the pattern.
#2: Next weekend I have a five-hour drive (each way!) out to the Gorge for a weekend festival (not telling which...but let's just say I'll be the girl in the crocheted apron back tank top made from a custom blend of bamboo-cotton tweed yarn).
This hasn't been explicitly discussed with my driving buddy, but I'm pretty the deal is that I provide scintillating conversation in exchange for passenger status...and you know what that means!
I could not have chosen a more perfect project. You start by casting on 288 stitches, which sounds daunting unless you're thinking ahead and placing stitch markers every 18 stitches, which is precisely the interval you'll need after Row 1, when you begin the wonderfully simple lace pattern that repeats forever and ever and ever.
And then it starts to decrease! There's nothing I love more than consolidating a massive number of stitches into fewer, slowly over time.
It doesn't hurt that this blend is knitting up into the most gorgeous spectrum of colors I've ever seen, with just the littlest bit of tweed thrown in to speckle it up. It will be a good long while before this turns into this...
But I'm a stamina knitter, and I'm determined to have this finished by the end of the summer!