My first Temp blanket is on March 30th. I splurged on some nickel hooks from Furls Crochet and I can't wait for those to come in. I've also splurged on some more yarn - more Caron cakes from Michaels. Michaels really pissed me off because I ordered 2 cakes of one color and they cancelled them, but I only got credit for 1 because they were buy 2 get 1 free. I hope I like the Crystal Cakes texture because I bought 6 cakes that didn't get cancelled (Glittering Moonlight and Starry Night). I also got 4 cakes of another color of the Big Cakes ( Boysenberry) and 3 cakes of Cotton Cakes (Peach Blossom). I'm not sure what I'm going to use any of these for, but they are all rated 4 Medium/worsted weight so there are definitely unlimited options.
I started my first Big Comfy Sweater in Rainbow Jelly and I'm almost to the point where I will be casting on for the sleeves. I bought another smaller set of Denise Needles (the Love2Knit set of size 5-9) so that I could begin before I get my Christmas present, but then I found a triangular Prym needle at Michaels that I like almost better because it has the knob at the tip to help move the yarn from needle to needle easier. I'm making my size, a Small, so it's going really quickly. Jo's will take considerably more time because it's a much larger size. I just hope the small fits me. It will be a kick in the face if it's too small. It's supposed to have quite a bit of ease, which is why I decided not to overestimate the size I wear. Usually I buy up at least 1-2 sizes. But that doesn't always look flattering. I'm hoping to have the front done and the back going by the end of this weekend. I have to work on Sunday, but I should be able to work on it tomorrow and Saturday. Friday I will be driving during the day and working at night, so no time to knit too much. We do have some time before our last school where we have to kill time in the parking lot before we go in. The trick is to be at a point in the sweater where it's even stockinette for a good long while so I don't have to stop to measure or try to guess when I needed to do the cast on for the sleeves. The sweater is made of only 2 pieces, a front and back. So the body up to the armpits is all stockinette after 3" of ribbing at the bottom. I can't wait to wear this sweater. The best part is that it's acrylic so I can wash & dry the heck out of it and the worst thing that happens is a little pilling. My other sweaters that I've knit are made of non-superwash wool that I'm downright afraid to wash, so I've worn them until they needed a wash and then set them aside. One day soon I will figure out how to handwash them with the SOAK wash I bought years ago for the purpose of washing these awesome sweaters. In the meantime, I'm embracing the acrylic in my life.