I have cast on for several new projects over the last week, but I can't seem to stick to knitting anything for very long. I really miss my knitting group. It seems that without someone to share the knitting with, it's just not as much fun. I guess knitting for me is a social thing as well as a hobby. It seems like I spent an immense amount of time reading blogs and listening to podcasts about knitting instead of actually knitting. I think it's because it gives me a connection to the knitting community that I don't feel like I have right now. I am supposed to start a new sock class this Wednesday (if it doesn't get cancelled again.) I am hoping this will relieve some of my loneliness.
Here's some pics of my newest projects.
I started my first shawl. It's a pattern from the Knitting To Go pack. The yarn is Plymouth Encore. I like it okay but I think the shawl would have been better in the yarn it called for which was Cascade organic but my LYS suggested this.
I posted before about wanting to try lace and found a link to this page on lace in the Knitter's Review forums. The Essentials of Knitted Lace. I read through it and started a couple of scarves in the Feather & Fan pattern. I really like it and it's not as difficult as I thought it would be. But I'm not using lace weight yarn yet.
This is Artful Yarns Serenade. It's a 70/30 cotton/angora blend. It's been shedding a little so it's kind of like having my own bunny without all of the poop.
I just started this second scarf and haven't started the lace portion yet. It's in Classic Elite's Imagine which my LYS had on sale since it has been discontinued. Normally I'm not a pink girl, but I really like this yarn.
Last but not least, one very happy thing happened this week. I finally received my first books from Crafter's Choice. I have now officially started my knitting library. Most of this morning was spent looking through The Knitting Answer book. I can't wait to start working with all of them. There are some great patterns in Scarf Style and Oneskein. I'm dying to make some socks out of Sensational Knitted Socks. And I've heard nothing but good things about Morehouse Farm Merino Knits (which I perused last night looking at all of the sheep pics.)