Knitting and other creative works most often comes in spurts with me. Except for painting. That has become such a second nature, that it's like waking up and making a cup of tea.
But now I can't stop myself from knitting. It seems the season to finish some things that I have not had the motivation before to finish.
This light blue Undulated Waves scarf with beads in the holes is almost done. Oh my, no pain, no gain! The pain was that that I had to string the 425+ beads beforehand on the yarn that you knit with. My only comfort was to sip from my mango tea (loose leaf tea) while putting on the beads. When you look at my skein, you may see (or click on image to enlarge) that the beads are on the yarn.
I also knitted same pattern but without the beads and heavier yarn while watching TV.
I couldn't do that with the beads -I had to THINK! This one is finished as I'm writing this.
Even knitted a summer scarf from Vogue in between. For the first time, I'm not behind with knitting summer things! Of course, here in California I would wear this in the Spring. Who wants to have anything around their neck in sweltering 90+ degrees weather?
For the scarf itself I choose a thin and smooth yarn (Grace from Patons). I had to tweak the sides, because it would roll lengthwise to a tube, so I crocheted picots on the side edges. The problem is not totally solved, but at least it won't look like I have a tube around my neck. The leaves are knitted with leftover yarns. My artsy scarf is also finished.
What's next? My Grocerybag...
My blue bag in the Turkish Fagotting stitch needs to be finished. I showed some of the bottom (that one doesn't see while carrying it). I made it bigger than the pattern and I'll put something water resistant on the inside of the bottom, also to make it stronger, so heavier groceries can be carried in it. And I've purchased a strong shoulder strap (like the ones on backpacks), that I'm going to put on with a D-ring.
The part where I'm working on now, is with double yarn like I did the bottom, and I'll make a drawstring, so the eggs won't fall out!
For friends in the USA: in Europe many use "fancy" grocery bags they made or purchased. Already for decades they have eliminated the plastic bag in stores. The Dutch Store 40 min. away from me (Los Angeles) charges 10 cents per plastic bag!
My BIG question: is this knitting fever or Spring fever?...or a need for closure?
Anyway, I'm in the mood for it and it's fun!