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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Knitting the bolero continues 
19th-Jan-2013 11:50 pm

I did a lot of work on the ribbed lace bolero today. I think that I'm just past the halfway point on the length, though I haven't pulled out a tape measure just yet. I like the way this pattern is coming out in this yarn - the pattern has a lot of life, and the plain yarn lets the lace show off.

22nd-Jan-2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Nice! I think I have that pattern saved somewhere myself. Are you by any chance using yarn from goaty friends? Are you a consistent or a binge knitter? I'm trying to finish all of my WIPS before starting anything new, but it's playing havoc with my motivation. :/

The thing I've got going right now is in the same shrug-like family and literally the third piece I began when I learned to knit. It was originally Stephanie Japel's One-Skein Wonder; I abandoned it for shinier projects years ago, then decided I'd finish it because I needed it to actually wear, then decided I was no longer into the shape and abandoned it again for another year or two, and finally figured out what it needed in order to become a useful and desirable garment. Then it languished until a knit night with a friend who loves picking up stitches, who picked up the several hundred I was never going to get around to, and now I just need to finish another few miles of ribbed collar and it will be OVER.
22nd-Jan-2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This is actually my own yarn from my own goats. I have a small mountain of this grey yarn, so I'm trying to knit it up with new projects. I'm not a very consistent knitter. I'd rather read than knit, but since last summer I've had some issues reading so I'm knitting instead.

I did manage to kill off one UFO so far this year. I'm actually keeping track of my projects this year on Ravelry, so yay for that. I think I've got about a dozen more UFOs still sitting on the shelf, though. I don't worry about it. If I start something and don't wanna, then I start something else. I try to have at least one really simple thing that I can use for "car knitting." (As in, I keep it in my car and pull it out when I'm sitting around at the doctor's office, or in a parking lot.) I expect that, as I start into more complicated things, I'll have separate home- and car- knitting projects.
22nd-Jan-2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
That is really beautiful yarn! Congratulations are in order... and yes, the pattern serves it very well.

I've often had that ,many UFOs and not minded at all. But last year I got into a groove because I had too many baby and little-kid knits that were going to obsolesce if left for much longer, and I got a little drunk on finishing stuff and announced A Goal to myself, and bang -- I've never been less process-oriented about knitting as I am at the moment. I only have about three left to go, but damnit, there are excellent reasons I abandoned those projects. Harrumph.

Ravelry documentation pays off more than almost any effort I can think of; I need to be much more meticulous about it. Recently people have reminded me of projects I gave them and then forgot I'd ever made... in fact, I suspect that might apply to the majority of my output.
22nd-Jan-2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
I've discovered that I like having Ravelry open to "Friends Activity" just like I have my LJ open to "Friends." I can hit refresh over and over during the day to see what is going on out in the world that I might care to know. It's a happy thing.
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