I am 3 hats behind schedule. I have one started, but it's turning out bigger than I anticipated, so it's also going to take longer.
Distractions from "hatting"--it started with the little socks of the last post. I still haven't found a baby to try those booties on yet. I don't like them empty, but maybe they look cuter filled with baby feet.
I also wanted to make a baby sack, nice and soft and thick. But it wasn't working out like I wanted so I ripped it out and turned it into a baby blanket. Seems like it has hit the "knitting black hole" and I don't feel like it's making any progress and I'm losing interest. I can't think of anything else for this yarn, however, so I have to keep going--if for no other reason than to get rid of it.
And then I was stupid and checked out some of the knitting books from our library's very small collection. (So spoiled as I have been, the libraries here still make me want to cry.) 3 sock books, 2 shawl books, and one nursery knitting. I also found a crochet book, where there is a beautiful butterfly shawl I am going to make.
I bought yarn for it yesterday. Very seriously struggled: dark purple or blue? Finally settled on the blue. It was nearly $30. For one beautiful skein. Soft and drapey and perfect. Except... when I got home I realized I'd bought the wrong weight and therefore there was not enough. I'd need 2. So so sad. This was my "Yay-we-sold-our-house!" gift to me. But I couldn't justify 2 skeins, no matter how pretty that crocheted butterfly shawl would be.
So I could still use this yarn for socks, but it really is too pretty to put in shoes, so I went to Ravelry and found a pattern--searching by weight and yardage.
And let's not overlook the sock books. New heels and toes to try, a nifty mosaic pattern, and all that yarn I bought while Nathan was in Chicago 3 years ago calling to me to become Christmas presents...
So, yes, more to take me away from my hat goal. I will still make the butterfly shawl, too, but I'll have to think of something else for the yarn. Maybe doubled thread? Far less expensive.