I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that Labor Day signals a shift. All year I’ve been saying “I can’t believe it is [fill in the blank for any month]! But Labor Day signals a mental shifting towards fall and winter and an associated slipping away of time. Labor Day is early this year–it feels like it should be the 7th or 9th, not the 5th, and I’m feeling a little like I did as a child, where the early arrival of Labor Day means I’m being cheated of a few days of Summer.
As a knitter you may have put your needles aside during the warm days of Summer, but as students return to school, tiny shifts are evident in the weather, and Labor Day is days away, the inevitable approach of Fall signals the time for serious knitting is near.
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I am 14g away from finishing the knitting on my abbreviated sample of Copperfield from Filament No. 1. I am reviewing Filament on Friday here on my blog, so I needed to work through a pattern to see what it was like. I chose a luscious ball of Sheepspot yarn (everyone has been admiring it on Instagram) from my shelf, but I knew I was going to be short on yardage. I thought I would do it for my half-size dress form, but I think it is too large so I will likely give it to my mother. We’ll see what it looks like blocked–I might keep it for myself! I just need to complete 5 rows of trim, work in ends, then block it. I considered adding in a few extra rows beyond the two segments of pattern just to be sure I used all the yarn, but I think I’ll opt for having a little yarn left over, rather than playing yarn chicken on this one.
Tools for Regrouping
Finishing up this quick project (started last week) signals the return to my regular knitting. It means I need to regroup on a couple of projects I put aside due to our move and needing time to finish writing the patterns. I have my foot coverings project that I need to finish the samples for the final pattern and I have a cardigan in the round, the Silk Road project, that needs to be finished so I can guide you–yes, you!–through making it. As I considered getting these projects on track I remembered that I have created tools for doing just that.
Start your regrouping by working through the Where Was I sheet. This will help you figure out where everything is, then use the second Where Was I sheet to help you make a plan to finish/proceed. If you do this before you sit down to try to work on the project you are less likely to run into the same obstacle that you may have encountered before. This may be a perfect time to send me an email with a question!
Not sure where you stand on a project or projects? Use the Project Assessment form. Just because you started it doesn’t mean you have to finish it! You can even want to finish it, but not have time right now, so put it aside, but mindfully, with a commitment to come back to it.
Next week I’ll get back to sleeve sizing; so few people are stopping by my blog this week it seemed wise to wait.