I'm finishing up the baby hat, but shipped off the other hat and pairs of assorted booties today to Afghans for Afghans. I'll finish the hat and mail it off for their next collection date, hopefully with a baby jacket/soakers or an adult sized hat or something "new to me" where I can spread my wings a bit. But as for right now... I'm very ready to move on to something different.
I have an idea of what I want to do next- or at the very list, a list of ideas of what I want to do in the next few months.
Socks scare me. It seems odd, feeling nervous and overwhelmed by something that others find so easy. I don't know if it's the directions which seem to be in a completely alien tongue to me (I can't seem to understand the concept of a heel, no matter how many books I read). Maybe it's the idea of all those needles. There's all sorts of ways to screw them up, I just know it. But regardless, I want desparately to knit socks.
I have my assortment of sock yarn (knitpicks to start, and koigu and henry's attic tucked away and I'm dying for a skein of Socks that Rock) I have a sock book (Sensational Knitted Socks) that I can't wait to read once my evening graduate courses and done for the semester, and many, many sock websites bookmarked. I think socks would be ideal for me, portable that are on a small enough scale I can work on them between work and school. I look over knitting blogs and covet all their yummy socks- but the idea of me... Me! knitting socks just makes me nervous.
Therefore, I have determined I must learn how to do them, in the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt's words: "You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
Booga Bag: I can't wait to start this. I'm going to pick up needles tomorrow on my way to training (I'm taking a course on "Stress Management for Women", although I suspect if my employer would just have paid the same money for a massage and gave me a free day off, I'd de-stress just fine.)
Entrelac: I have decided to make my Booga Bag before attempting this technique, mostly because I am still figuring out what to do with it. I adore Lady E but fear it would be a better idea to wait since I have A) slow knitting skills and B) limited time schedule and C) gut feeling that I should practice this technique before cutting my teeth on such a gorgeous pattern.
More dyeing: I need to set aside the time to play. Only three more weeks!
The dog who loves to carry socks in her mouth - I need to work on breaking that habit before I learn how to knit my own or I'll have a heart attack.