Sneaking in just under the wire, I actually finished something in 2017. It may the only thing I finished this year, as at the moment my life seems like a giant conglomerations of works in progress. There is another knitted object, a sweater, which I was supposed to block yesterday, but did not due to some unforeseen developments. It may dry in time for me to assemble before the strike of 12 on New Year's eve, but it is not likely. But at least it is nice to have finished something (other than books).
I got a mad urge to knit something simple. I was working on another, more complicated, project, but it had become apparent that redesign was going to be needed, and I was not up for the math at that moment. Out comes some super bulky hand-dyed yarn I bought at Rhinebeck years ago for a shell that never materialized. Just as well, I would have worn it in Hyde Park, but not in Knoxville.
The pattern I started out with proved not to work for a yarn quite this bulky, so the project got simplified. I am happy enough with the results, at least for now, and I have been wearing the shrug/capelet/loopy thing the past week as it has been cold. It is in fact, perhaps a little too big. It fits over my coat, as shown below, but that may make to big to wear as a wraplet over a winter dress, and I have at least two dresses that would be perfect.
But for the moment I am happy with it as is. It is warm and the color makes me smile. I have the same yarn in another colorway, and I'll knit that up as well, but in a different style, an actual capelet perhaps. If that project turns out to be preferable, this may be deconstructed and reknit, but by then we will be far enough into 2018 that it can count as a new project. It will be colder than average for at least the next week, and this thing will see plenty of wear. Besides I need to knit something on smaller needles for a while, my hands are much happier with small needles, and for me that is actually faster and more enjoyable knitting.
Happy New Year! I'll be back in 2018.