I've been finding it a lot easier to find time to knit than to sew lately. Probably largely because my boyfriend's and my schedules have worked out over the last month or so that we can find several hours to hang out on Thursday in the late afternoon into the evening. So we've been keeping it pretty low-key and basically just cooking dinner and then watching some favorite tv shows or movies. He doesn't mind my need to keep my hands busy while I'm sitting for long periods of time, and I feel like it's easier to be social while knitting. At least at the point I'm at on this project. So except for some time yesterday when my best friend was also over and I was resizing some t-shirts on the serger for her, I've mostly been just knitting while he's around.
This is where my Camille Shrug is at right now-- the back is completely done for now (until the end when I have to finish the edges with some ribbing), and I'm about 30 or so rows into the first sleeve. It's pretty brainless for now, just a straight stockinette with a 2-stitch decrease every 10 rows or so. What's got me a little stumped as I work is that I think I may have to add some length to the sleeve--the largest size has something like a 20.5" finished length, I'm knitting the smallest size, and from shoulder to wrist, my arm measures at a whopping 24". (Told you I have monkey arms!) Unless I'm envisioning this completely wrong, since it does look like a long-sleeved shrug on the model. If my measurements are right, the lace chart plus ribbing should end up taking about 8", which is pretty much elbow to wrist on me. So I guess what I'll do for now is get it to the point where I'm supposed to start doing the lacy bit again, maybe knit the other sleeve to the same point, and then hold it up and see where it's at.
the Cadence chart, I didn't think that would be possible! But I think it looks really nice so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks once it's all blocked!
I also made a secret knitting project that I couldn't write about until now...my boyfriend's birthday was this past Thursday, and so I made him this as part of his birthday present:
Strib Hat on Ravelry) had a link to a good tutorial for how to start and end the stripes when knitting in the round, so that helped immensely. He was pretty happy with it--he's been wearing it around every time we've been outside since, and wants me to make him a scarf with the leftover yarn (of which I have quite a bit of the brown and green in particular!) I was going to attempt this, but I think that intarsia may be beyond my skills for now, so I think I'll just do something stripey and basic instead.
He ended up giving me a surprise on Thursday, too. After lots of questions about my various hobbies, I found out that he made me this: