You might remember that I set myself a knitting Program for the year. Projects, priorities, and deadlines, all publicly declared and set up in my Ravelry queue. According to the Program, I have two projects on which I should currently be knitting - my second 2009 Personal Sock Club socks, and the kimono style jacket I started knitting last winter.
But I've been led astray by the Ishbel scarf as knitted by MissFee - a charming triangular shawl-like scarf pattern by Ysolda Teague that combines a geometric stocking stitch base with lacy edging.
I'm knitting it from one of my favourite yarns - Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 ply in shades of grey - that was left over from a previous project. I think I should have just enough yarn for the scarf. I'm not sure why I love this yarn so much. It's not ideal for a scarf as it's rather scratchy. It's the kind of catchy yarn that one imagines knitted up as fair isle to be worn outdoors in misty weather. It does soften with washing, but it will never be luxuriously comforting. But I like its rustic, honest quality; I like the tweedy colour variations; and I like the slightly wrinkly, uneven, thick and thin fabric it produces.
I still have time to finish my other projects by their deadlines, as well as knitting on Ishbel. But if I were really disciplined I'd finish my programmed projects first before flirting with Ishbel. I hope this isn't a premonition of future unfaithfulness to the Program.