I have worked all week on the Urban Necessity Tam and nothing but the Urban Necessity tam. It is a fun little project and it flies along until you get to the chart. I'm six rows into the chart now, and it is actually starting to look like a hat. When I try it on it isn't quite as snug as I wish it was, but the fit isn't bad. I guess maybe I overachieved a little on keeping my cast-on loose!
I had a few false starts when I got to the chart - things that didn't quite make sense, etc. I think I have it figured out now. The speed on this isn't nearly what it was when I was cruising along on the stockinette, but I might POSSIBLY be able to get it done by the end of the weekend.
Then I'll start on the gloves, which are really scaring me. I have fear issues with gloves. One of the first projects I loved was the cigar gloves from knitty, which I thought would be great for photography trips in cold weather. There've been others, too, but somehow I am just horribly intimidated by gloves. And now my first pair won't even be for me, so the fit is going to be a bit of a guess. I have her hand traced on paper. I haven't put mine up against it yet but I will be very surprised if we are the same size since she is a head taller than me and then some.
Even as I knit like the wind I cannot keep from thinking about what I want to do next. I do want to finish my cape, but - it does kind of feel like the passion is falling out. I'm just not sure I'm satisfied with the way it is knitting up. I'm thinking maybe I should have gone with another bulky yarn, but I was determined to knit something in 100% alpaca so there you go. Maybe I should have tried Cadena in Mohogany? I don't know. Anyway, I'm still determined to finish that before the cool weather becomes permanent.
I would also like to get a couple of requests done - the Imperial Armwarmers and the fingerless gloves (damn, another pair of gloves - they are stalking me). The armwarmers should be a fairly quick knit, I think (famous last words).
Plenty to do - but first, back to the hat!