I have been meaning to update my progress but that has seemed daunting considering the amount of projects I currently have in my bag. Generally, I never have more than two, so casting on two in one day felt really out of character for me. I have also been immersing myself in a few knitting books lately like Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Knit Socks! by Betsy McCarthy, so even though I have been away, I haven't really because my knitting has been everywhere.
I recently cast on Damson in Madelinetosh Sport in charcoal... wow. I don't know why I kept changing my mind about this pattern--being paired with this yarn has seemed to awaken me. I love the subtle changes of color. I have been a little nervous about the yo's before the markers... just a little pet peeve of mine, but they seem to be okay. I imagine if I have made a mistake it will not become clear until I am too far to fix it, so oh well.
On the same day I cast on Rosebud by Jared Flood in Malabrigo Worsted in Marine, which I bought via a Ravelry stash sale. I absolutely love the color and am happy with the way it is coming so far. I was a little turned off when I downloaded the pattern and realized it was 6 pages long. My immediate thought was "for a hat?!?!?!?!" but I am happy. Hopefully it will be done in time to wear before the weather changes.
Lastly, I had been working a little (too) furiously on my Annabel cardigan. I finished the raglan increase section only to realize my count has gotten off somewhere. I haven't taken the time to go through and figure out where I've gone wrong yet, but I plan to eventually. (Odd how I hadn't realized that all three of these projects are garter stitch!)
I have also picked out a set of stash yarn to make another ships & seaside by TOK. Hopefully this time I can avoid another Kitchener catastrophe--no promises.
With tomorrow being my birthday, I haven't been able to stop going back and forth on whether or not I want to make myself a "birthday sweater"... I haven't been able to choose just one pattern, and I can't really stop going back and forth on the yarn for this unnamed sweater/cardigan. I keep telling myself that I may be happier buying a few splurge skeins--after all, this is the year of the stash. I am positive there are some skeins of something hiding in my bins just waiting to be my next sweater.