I have been “good” this week, working hard on my “neglected project KAL” target (a lap-size Yggdrasil, now about 95% done!) and a sample for one of my designs (to-be-published in the Fall/Winter 2012 collection from Classic Elite). I also finished up a pair of socks, and rewarded myself by knitting on my Flyllerd only when I had completed at least one repeat of both the blanket and the sample. Both of those projects are definitely “penance knitting” right now.
So, last night, I was feeling cast-on-itis coming on, and I headed it off by starting a project (stay with me here!) that would be quick to knit and use yarn I already had. I have a few odd balls of discontinued or otherwise unwanted cashmere (YUM!) that I bought on deep discount at Classic Elite. I assigned projects to most of the skeins a while back, so all I had to do was browse my queue and select one that I felt like working on. I chose Obsession, which is a bulky-weight yarn comprised of many (six?) skinny two-ply yarns held together. It’s pretty! I’m making a Minotaur Cowl with it. I love mobius cowls, and this pattern will allow me to keep knitting until the yarn is all gone, then bind-off sort of as an afterthought with the loops on the needles. (I think that will work, anyway.)
Can I just say, knitting with cashmere is DIVINE.