What have I been doing? I have been suffering from a raging case of start-itis. I've been averaging two new knitting projects a week since Christmas and so far the finished projects tally is one (maybe two if you are feeling really generous, it was a pair of mittens...)
One of the biggest stumbling blocks has been what I have come to loving call Blue Death on a Stick (or the BDS as it will be known from now on.) It is a knitting project that will definitely receive it's own post and quite possibly drive me to seek some form of therapy before it is finished. But if nothing else it has shown me the depth of determination I possess, or proven the depth of my craziness, depending on who you ask. It's also brought out into the open the procrastination issues I have. As in I would rather do just about anything else than knit on the BDS, except maybe scrub the toilet. Hmmm. I don't know, that may be a toss up...
So far I've started a blanket, a pair of color-work mittens, and I'm making my own fancy-dancy beaded stitch markers rather than knit on the BDS.
A few of my first attempts.
I kind of think the black one with spots looks like a fishing lure...
I have found that my taste definitely runs to natural stone and pearls.
I would have made more of these, but I ran out of the gold pearls.
Carved wood and coral, so pretty and feminine.
Blue and silver with pearls, a slightly nautical feel.
Pink and gold, vaguely floral.
These are just fun. They look like candy rocks, plus I love the rainbow colors.
I call these my Othello set. (Anyone else play that game as a child?)
These are my current favorites, but each set that I finish has been my favorite and these just happened to be the last set that I made...
I'm even using some of them in the BDS on the theory that it would make it more fun to knit. So far it isn't working...
I would be making more stitch markers right now, but I ran out of the rings. The thing is they are just so much fun and pretty much instant gratification. Five minutes to a finished product as apposed to three weeks to get 5" of the BDS... it is a pretty blue though, isn't it?