For those who were dying of curiousity, the yarn came in, thereby eliminating the need for all that strategy. I brought the Ruby Slipper shawl on the plane and am now about half-way done with the garter stitch edging.
A report card of sorts, on the projects I'd laid out for this year. (original could be found here:)
Knitting Goals: (Yes, this is the 'reduced' list. This is in some rough chronology of deadline.)
* Finish current project of Gypsy's baby blanket. (Amelia is due in April, but I want to work on other things.)
Done! It got there in time for the baby shower that Jipsie missed because she was busy having said baby. Ooops. Jan Robichaud said that the female relatives loved it, and Jipsie has found a use for the button-flower and loop as a nursing blanket. (More handy than I'd orginally thought... go me!)
* Mary's Christmas Hat IOU (I will put off Amelia for this one.)
Done and handed over to Mary! Though Mary still hasn't let me know if she wants me to sew on the buttons. She got some ladybug buttons which are adorable. I've also taught Mary to knit, though I think she's been concentrating on science a bit much to want to lately. ;)
* Finish Elizabeth Zimmerman's pi shawl that I've started. (The lovely red vareigated and the Addi Turbos make this currently addictive.)
Still chugging... halfway done with the lace edging. Maybe by the end of SnB next week?
* Mom's scarf requests.
I've done three scarves for Mom so far, one of the Christmas yarn that this was originally related to, one out of a pale yellow for Mom's Spirit Days, and the candy-cane Fun Fur one she requested (also out of the Christmas package).
* Give Mom the sweater she asked for, for this Christmas. (This is the epic project for 2005.)
Measurements still pending. Maybe I should call Mom.
* Make myself the Beaverslide Hogwarts scarf I've given away three times now, in the Azkaban pattern.
Not yet. Have yarn, will start this after the Ruby Slipper is done. Depends on Mom. I printed out pattern even if I had to take it with me to Muncie. Maybe I should just start this, as it is good comfort-mindless knitting.
* Other small misc projects that come up throughout the year.
Still pending, though I've been better about starting random stuff. I guess the big random project was Dan's vest.
* If there's any time left, reduce the stash by giving away yarn or knitted small things. After that, consider Knitty's tall garter socks, and do the 'more than circular' shawl from Best of Knitter's Shawl Book.
I bought some sockweight dye your own from Knit Picks for the More than Circular, but I lent it to Dharia for a craft show, and I'm still chugging on other things. I still have the original lovely blue sportweight merino/microfiber, but that might become a triangular shawl as the yardage might (upon second scrutiny) result in a capelet rather than a shawl.
As for the Ribbi Cardi (reduce the stash), it just doesn't fit right. Very sad. I think it needs short rows in the bust, because the *waist* is a bit big, and the bust/raglan shoulders don't fit right. I'm debating if zippering will fix this or make it worse. :( Maybe it's time to make a duct tape mold of my torso and then fit the peices to that.
It's almost halfway through the year, too! Not bad. Don't know how many Christmas presents I'm going to work on this year, but it will most likely not be many with the tile sweater in the hopper. Comments/ideas welcome!