First of all, I must take a moment to thank this awesome, generous knitting community for the support you all have already shown for the Christmas at Sea project.
I finished the 1898 hat yesterday; interesting construction, quick to knit, and enough yarn leftover for a couple mitered squares. One of the many things I love about this charity is the variety of patterns they suggest (free on the website above); the assortment of handcrafted things they put in the Christmas boxes can keep even an attention-deficit knitter like myself content. (If you would like to add your contributions to this Paducah 'collection center', please email me or RAV message me---woolythyme1 for my address. You, of course, could send directly to SCI.)
Most of the SCI projects are small. For me, I'll most likely 'break up' larger projects with a hat knit here and there. I love mitering, but I'm feeling the need for one of those breaks, and a single hat didn't do it for me. So, I started rummaging in the stash for yarn for perhaps another hat, when Boxy (in her bag) fell out of my closet. HEY! I L-O-V-E that sweater! (No, I don't NEED that sweater, but I think I'll love her to death if she's ever done.) OK, Boxy, you are back in the 'active' pile of knitting.
THEN, still planning ahead for some SCI knitting...I was sure I had a Seamen's scarf pattern that was printed in an OLD old old Piecework, eons ago. Of course, I saved it. Didn't I? It's here somewhere....OH, look! Mary Jane Mucklestone's book, fair isle style. It was stuck in with 'loose patterns' instead of on the book shelf. (For Pete's sake....I'm a LIBRARIAN. I KNOW a misplaced item is a lost item.) Well, this is found again, I've wanted to make Gudrun Johnston's Bressay dress since I bought the book, so I stopped my scarf-search and ordered yarn for the dress.
While on the computer, I checked my emails, followed a link from Andrea (thisknittedlife...if you don't know her, you really must; her blog is always a very fun read) to Craftsy's Architexture Scarf kit (I've had that pattern fav'd since it was still in the test-knit stage) and promptly ordered one....it was very reasonably priced.
So, in less than 20 minutes, I went from blah-ly picking up my mitered blanket again (wondering where in the world my knitting mojo has gone), to having Boxy, Architexture, Bressay, another Seamen's 1898, and a Mariner's scarf...all jumping up and down, screaming 'knit me first'.
OK, mojo....you choose.