For the most part, I'm a pretty monogamous knitter. I start a project and I stick with it to the end, rarely casting on anything else until it's finished. But every once in awhile, I cast on for something specifically to pick up and put down in between larger projects. Because I hate that in between time when you're too lazy or don't have time to do all the research and swatching for that new project, but waiting another day to click your needles is absolutely unthinkable. In April, I started what was supposed to be an in-between project for the next several months: a Citron, in the Wabi Sabi Lush Lace I bought at Stitches, expanded into however many ruffle sections the yarn and I could handle.
But after about about six weeks, I couldn't do it anymore. I was working on other projects, the whole time thinking about the fact that this Citron had live stitches on the needles, and it started driving me crazy. I HAD TO FINISH IT.
I only did 7 repeats because, seriously, I couldn't handle any more stitches, and I'm very happy with this size. I'm even happier about the color of this yarn. Obsessed, in fact. Somehow, this color matches nothing in my closet, yet goes with absolutely everything.
Pattern: Citron, by me
Yarn: Wabi Sabi Yarns Lush Lace, exactly half a skein of Peacock (~650 yards)
Needles: US 5 circs
Start to Finish: April 1 - June 2, 2010
Mods: Using the ultra-handy spreadsheet of stitch counts and frequency of increases kindly created by Rav user lababla (downloadable here), I expanded the shawl out to 7 sections. Many knitters of Citron have done the same, and theirs turned out so beautifully (especially this one, which was hanging in the Wabi Sabi booth at Stitches and made me buy the yarn in the first place) that I had to do it, too. I mostly wear my shawls bunched around my neck, so the small size of the original Citron suits my needs pretty well, but I fully admit that 7 sections works better for a shawl to be worn around the shoulders.
And now that this is done, I am feeling much better.