Dolores in Action

Dolores by Dawn Catanzaro. Knit by Andrea @ This Knitted Life.
I love this photo not just because Reed and I look great and so happy but because I am wearing my Dolores. All those hours of hard-won lace stitching finally shine through, thanks to the assistance of professional photography. That night when my lace work literally exploded off the needles—right before my eyes—seems but a distant memory. No suffering. No frustration. Just my nice emerald sweater, now more than a year later, wrapped around my sticky little son and his naughty, devilish giggle.

(You can now submit parenting advice on how to get your child to listen to you when you say NO in the comment section. I suspect selective hearing might be either genetic or learned at a startling early age.)

After DAYS of drying (on the radiant heated bathroom floor, no less), my second grey poncho is now off the needles! I can’t wait to share it with you just as soon as I can snap some respectable photos and write up the pattern.

This means I only have one more grey poncho left to knit (my third). I have already resolved that I am not buying anymore grey yarn in 2017.

Scout’s honor.

(My fingers may be crossed behind my back. But I’m not telling.)

Just yesterday, I was chatting with my Knitting Compadre in Life about my immediate knitting plans, and I realized I pretty much have the rest of my Knitting Year all planned out.

AND, it involves very little holiday knitting. That almost killed me last year. Never again. This year, everyone gets cards.

Maybe.

After I wrap up the Third Grey Poncho and Ver. 4 of the baby hat, I am finally going to knit Reed a sweater. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve had the pattern picked out since the beginning of the year. It’ll be my first attempt at stranded color work. Send wine and brace yourself for swearing. I still need to order the yarn, but it’s on my short list.

(I have this sinking feeling that Reed will spill grape juice all over this sweater on Day 1. I think this means I can no longer purchase grape juice, at least until he has outgrown the sweater.)

Otherwise, I plan to use my Malabrigo Worsted scraps (I have grey ahem Polar Moon, a bright pink and a turquoise/aqua to work up some simple striped kids hats for Reed and his buds) and perhaps put my two skeins of Spin Cycle yarns to some unknown use.

I hope to reward myself for a year of good knitting by FINALLY knitting myself Lesley from Home & Away*. I can hardly wait!

After that, I bet it will be New Years. I hate to say it. It seems so far away, yet I KNOW the end is in sight. I can feel it. Hek, I just planned it all out. All my knitting days from today until December 31st. Pretty much anyway. It’s fairly shocking.

But at least I’ll have a new sweater.

And socks. I didn’t mention those, but they’re on the list too, as always.

I look forward to seeing you at the Yarn Along. I’m STILL listening to I’ll Give You the Sun* and reading Truly Madly Guilty* and loving both. I hope to FINALLY be on to a new book next week. Phew.

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