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Thursday, February 19, 2015


...I've never seen the movie Up, but I've been hearing about "Squirrel!" for years. And it's the best metaphor I have to describe what I experience every other week authoring the shop's newsletter.

I started writing the newsletter late last summer; to date, we've published 18 issues. And I've started ten eleven projects as a result. The good news is that I've finished all but two of them. 

One is the Casco Bay Cardigan I started last week. I was patting myself on the back after publishing the Sparrow Sans letter four weeks ago...and then we got some new cotton in the shop. I bought a sweater's worth before it had even been shelved. I finished the body today (and the FO might even be featured in a future newsletter. win!)

The other is Polar Opposites. I know the exact moment I heard Squirrel!
Yep, this photo - I just love the textures and the colors.

And I realized I had a really nice neutral bulky yarn on hand. Never mind that it was partially knit up in another Squirrel! project. Yesterday morning I ripped out Kantha and and yesterday afternoon I bought a skein of Ulura...and cast on.

Here's my progress after about two hours of knitting. Given our weather forecast, I'm thinking I'll be able to wear it at least a few times this season. (that's good news and bad news :-)

Do you succumb to Squirrel! please share!

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Blogger Bonny said...

I may have been known to succumb to Squirrel, but my problem is that I start far more than I finish. Whenever I toss/organize/try to cull my stash, I find some lovely single skein and my first thought is "Hitchhiker!", so I have more than my share started. Even with lots of Squirrel projects, you have a very impressive finishing/starting ratio. I thought your Kantha was nice, but I really LOVE this Polar Opposite - no ripping this project!

Thursday, 19 February, 2015  
Blogger alexa said...

Yikes to the ripping out and starting again - I'd never get anything done if I did that ... Those colours are so soft together.

Friday, 20 February, 2015  
Blogger Carole said...

I bought some yarn from WEBS yesterday because of Squirrel!

Friday, 20 February, 2015  
Blogger margene said...

Almost everything I knit is a Squirrel! project. New yarn or new pattern, I have a habit of saying "yes!". Trouble is I am a slow knitter. Love the sweater you're making. It just goes to show Squirrel! projects can be very good choices!

Friday, 20 February, 2015  
Blogger Sue said...

Squirrel happens to me daily!! I am now running to my stash to look for yarn to make Polar Opposites, since it was -7 here this morning! Didn't even get to 0 degrees until 11am! Thinking Eco Duo doubled might work!! :)

Friday, 20 February, 2015  
Blogger dbshade said...

I have a version of Squirrel!, but fortunately, it doesn't involve actually buying the yarn/patterns. I get distracted by perusing patterns and thinking how much I'd like to make such and such. If I indulged every one of those whims, I would definitely be in trouble. What happens is I will "favorite" them so I don't forget about them and ultimately I will go through my favorites and see some of them and think "what was I thinking?? I will NEVER make that!!" :-) Into the trash bin it goes; no harm, no foul.

Friday, 20 February, 2015  
Blogger Lydia said...

I've been pretty successful with not "feeding" the squirrel lately, however, I think that will change when the new Shibui yarns come out!

Monday, 23 February, 2015  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Most of my projects are "Squirrel" projects, too, but I'm much more prone to buying/collecting patterns because of it -- whether the project is ever actually started is another story.

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015  

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