Cast On Contagion

Just yesterday I was patting myself on the back for not starting a 10th project.  Then I promptly planned a new shawl and decided I could start immediately, as long as I was just swatching. Then I remembered I’m traveling tomorrow and decided that I needed to cast on a Hitchhiker, it’s the ultimate in travel projects!  And I’ve got the perfect yarn picked out!


Jojoland Rhythm, with it’s gradual color change, its easy enough to travel but fun & colorful enough to scratch that knitting itch I’m bound to get!  Problem solved!  I don’t even need to carry the pattern because I know it by heart.  Success!  Success that stimulated the yarn receptors in my brain.

And that’s when the contagion hit.  Suddenly I’m planning three more projects and thinking maybe I’ll cast on one for today and one for travel.  One more can’t possibly hurt, right?!  I happily bathed the yarn Gremlin, that’s when things got out of control!  Photos were taken for text message consultations.


I was up late, sifting through yarns, making sure I had the correct needles available.  I just don’t know what came over me.  I had the perfect plan and yet I could.not.stop!


Patterns were perused, colors were shifted and swapped, it was great!  I was going to be able to knit all the things in one short weekend, the most productive weekend ever.  I was pleased with the new plan (and clearly delusional!) That was about the time the whole affair collapsed under it’s own weight.  Phew!  That was a close one!  and now that I’d had a few hours of recovery time, I have one sensible plan and I’m going to stick to it!  It was the obvious solution all along…


I’m going to cast on a full sized sample for a shawl I started designing back in the fall.  I had good success with a couple mini-samples.  I took notes.  I’d even picked the yarn and wound it.  The only thing I haven’t done is cast on!  It ticks all the boxes… already one of ‘the 10’ on my needles so no penalty for too many projects, mostly garter stitch for easy travel, two skeins of MadelineTosh Pashmina so I won’t be running out of yarn and it’s on the ‘work’ knitting list, the pattern can’t be published without a sample!  The colors, Chicory and Fjord are amazing…I can’t wait to see how they look together!  Now to cast on, quick, before I get distracted again!

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