I've been remarkably faithful to my various knitting projects over the Christmas break. I wound yarn for a new project to take with me when we went away, but I didn't end up casting on as I was enjoying the projects I had on the go already.
First up was my Warm Jacket with an Unusual Bubble Stitch Yoke, from A Stitch in Time 2. I knew when I started this project that it would take me a while as I find 1x1 rib quite hard on my hands, but I've been very pleasantly surprised by how quickly it has knitted up. The picture above shows the first sleeve and the back, all done and waiting. This has been the perfect sociable knitting project. It doesn't take much in the way of concentration, so I've worked on it pretty much everywhere. I'm nearly finished with the second sleeve, and then I'll be onto the fronts.
I'm so looking forward to wearing this cardigan - if we get a cold snap in the New Year, this will be perfect for keeping me warm at my desk!
For more interesting knitting, I've been making good progress on my Golden Wheat Shawl. This one has been on my needles for 18 months, but not surprisingly, if you don't actually knit on it, it doesn't get any bigger! So I've now been working pretty regularly on it for a few weeks, and I'm delighted to discover that I can now move my progress bar from 5% to 10%. Better keep at it though...
Finally, I thought I had better have a project for when my hands were tired of 1x1 rib, but my brain was too tired for lace, so I cast on Flukra by Gudrun Johnston. I'm using some lovely Blue-Faced Leicester Lace yarn that I won in a giveaway from Yarnscape earlier in the year. The colour is perfect, and the pattern starts with a garter stitch triangle, so it's pretty brainless for the moment. As you can see, I didn't end up needing it that much, so it's still quite small - the 1x1 rib cardigan was easier than anticipated. But I'm looking forward to it becoming my main project once the cardigan is done.
And that's it! Just 3 projects on the go, and all of them are making some progress. Next in line are the Kai-Mei socks from Sock Innovation by Cookie A, but I'll probably try to wait until I've cast off at least one of these projects before getting going on them.