I have FINALLY nearly finished another look awaiting WIP project, Gyrid. Yes, I purchased the yarn for this project in February 2007. I have knit, ripped out, knit, ripped out probably 20 times, but I have finished the design. This project was hard for me because Elsebeth Lavold's directions and charts take some time to master, but I finally did it with notes and figures!
The yarn is Silky Wool in a natural color (chalk #01). Here is a photo of my progress (no blocking--I think it will look great once blocked). The back is knit--the front is ALMOST knit. My husband asks, "Why do you keep ripping out? Don't you get frustrated?" I do get frustrated but I am more determined to master the task than I am discouraged and frustrated. Determination is a great quality . . .although I have been known to carry it too far (i.e., natural childbirth with a 10 lb baby, two post-doctoral fellowships simultaneously, etc.) In knitting I have only been defeated once and that was in an intarsia class. I took the class at a very inopportune time and I did not master the task. This was no fault of my favorite and best teacher ever, Sarah, and I will repeat the class soon now that life has settled back into its normal pace.
The next project to be finished will be Gedifra. I ran out of yarn just as I began the collar. After searching Ravelry and Googling, I found 2 skeins in England, which I purchased. Now I will have enough for the crocheted flower. I am not sure I will ever wear this cardigan, but I was feeling "risky" when I bought it . . .or should I write "risque"? Ok, now you will have to click on the link, won't you?
On deck is the Rebecca Apricot Cardigan and then Maggie Ireland Cardigan. . . and so it goes.