Here in Chicagoland, we’ve started that horrible part of winter in which we receive more snow now than any other time in the season, even as spring winks at us. It will warm up to almost 50 degrees and the sun will shine as if it’s time to find the flip-flops, only to be followed by 7 inches of snow and despair. It’s like when your teen is almost ready to get his braces off: he can practically taste the forbidden goodness of caramel, but each time he heads to the orthodontist, he’s told, “Not quite yet. Maybe soon.”
I’ve got that same “not-yet-maybe-soon” feeling on the projects I’ve started around here:
1. The Vanilla Challenge. Remember back in January when we started to make our own vanilla? It’s pretty easy, but you have to wait for 4-6 months — which is a long time, considering that: 1) you don’t know if you’re going to get actual vanilla that you can use for baking or if it will turn out to be some flavored vodka that you may as well pour into a diet cola; and 2) we use silly amounts of vanilla here. Ingrid over at nowathomemom.com took up the challenge with me, and I can’t wait to see how hers turn out. If you want to join us in this adventure, you can find the instructions in this post.
This is what it looked like shortly after we started it:
And here’s what it looks like after one month:
It’s definitely darker, but will it be vanilla? I guess only time will tell. I’m a rule-follower by nature and the instructions said to wait, so that’s what I’d doing. And truth be told, I’m also a little chicken to open and taste it right now.
2. The Super Bowl Knitting Projects. Remember the projects I intended to start – one a quarter — during the Super Bowl? Thanks to some nice long stretches of TV watching and kid-chaufeurring, I’ve got forward motion on some of these.
The First Quarter Socks are coming along nicely, as is the Fourth Quarter Cowl that I technically did not cast on during the Super Bowl (what can I say — the dip was calling from the buffet).
My daughter E challenged me to a contest in which we would both knit cowls as quickly as we could as we watched “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” with the guys. And yes, I know exactly how geeky that last sentence is. I can only offer in my defense that you haven’t seen funny until you have five people — two of whom are knitting as the other three are spilling popcorn everywhere — yelling “KHAN!” at the top of their lungs while the dog ignores them. That yelling interfered a bit with the cowl’s progress, but it’s started at least.
Let’s just skip past the fact that I’ve not even picked up the Second Quarter Gloves since the Super Bowl — that teeny tiny gauge is positively soul-sucking — and go right to the big finish. I give you the Third Quarter Hat.
It’s finito. It’s warm, it fits, and it matches the scarf I knit from the same yarn.
But I have that little voice that says, It’s too plain. Don’t you want to add some enormous pom-pom or braid or curly wing-ding things to the top? I’m trying to resist, but that little feeling might be too strong. So I guess this one technically falls into the “not-yet-maybe-soon” camp too.
Do you have that feeling too? Any lingering projects you’re
slogging away at working on?