it has been very quiet on this little blog lately. largely because i’ve only been frustrated by my knitting projects the past few weeks. i have several things going and none of them are in a particular fun place – like the beginning or the end!

in particular, my apres surf hoodie is just stuck. i try to work on it here and there, but it feels like i’m not making any significant progress, which is a bit discouraging. honestly, i didn’t realize how much MORE knitting was involved in the hood. i usually feel like i’m pretty much home free once the front and back are done. i mean, sleeves are nothing, i can whip through them pretty quickly. but, the hood is like a whole new giant piece, similar in size to the back. on top of that, and this may sound nutty, but the smell of the needles i’m using bugs me immensely. the pattern calls to go down a size for the hood. i didn’t have the appropriate size and my lys didn’t have regular addis in the size i needed, so i went with the lace addis. you know that yucky metallic smell, like a pile of dirty, old pennies, that’s what they smell like. they make my hands smell metallic too. it’s just gross, and when i work on the hood i’m overwhelmed with the icky smell. i should probably just buck up and hit a few shops this weekend in search of the regular addis.

in an effort to inspire myself, i thought i’d cast on for a quick little project. i’ve been drooling over my sundara yarn candied chrome colorway for quite a while and knew i wanted to jump on the cowl bandwagon. easier said than done! i must have frogged and restarted five or six times. i was never happy with my cast on, or the stitch i chose for the border, or the stitch i chose for the main part. i am finally happy with it doing the good old garter stitch border with a k2tog, yo pattern spiraling up the cowl.

Candy Cowl progress 7.15.2008