Startitis: it strikes when we least expect it, and usually when we can ill afford to experience it, like right now as I return to teaching,student-ing, coaching, and the kidlets' return to school after a decidedly more leisurely summer.
Startitis: there is no cure. And I am its poster child.
Here's what I've cast on since my last post:
1. Textured Baby Jacket by Lois Dakin (Knitting, August 07.) I've been trying to choose from amongst a few baby sweaters, and this seriously cute baby was the deciding factor. (I'm doing mine in red.)
2. Twisted Rib socks in the bee-ewe-tiful Tess Designs yarn I bought at the TKCGA yarn market in July.
3. One-skein scarf from Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker in Paton's Classic Merino, Regency colorway.
4. Felted backpack for my nephew, because he wants one, in a pattern from this ebay shop. This is a great pattern, by the way. I had to look for a while to find one that would work for a boy. I'm doing mine in blues and browns, with a slightly different stripe configuration:
Also, a WIP: Finally! The endless kid socks have ended.
Plain stockinette 64-stitch sock on sz 1 dps in Colinette Jitterbug Sahara. I love this yarn - vibrant colors, great feel, a treat to knit. I made them a little big so that (1) the kid won't outgrow them by next week and (2) if my some twist of fate he does outgrow them by next week, they will fit me ;)
The Other Itis: I really could have gone up to at least a size 2 needle on the Jitterbug socks. In fact, I probably should have because, as it turns out, I knit these so firmly that I actually did something to my finger. As in, like, damage! Doh! The metal dp ended up pressed too tightly against the inside crease of the uppermost knuckle of my left hand ring finger, and the tip of that finger has been alternately numb and tingling (painfully!) for almost a week. My middle fingertip (or, "Tall Man" for you parents of little people) is also experiencing some sympathy spasms. This leaves me in a dreadful sort of startitis knitting purgatory. So many lovely projects, and all I can do is look. *sigh*
Fortunately for me, I don't really need Tall Man or Ringo to crochet, so I have been working on both the ripple crochet afghan and the one-skein scarf. So all hope is not lost, but somehow, it's not the same.