Since October 1st I've cast on 3 new projects. Two Christmas presents, both of which have pattern challenges. By this I don't mean the pattern is challenging to me (which they very well may be but I always try to challenge my skills) but I'm referring to how they were written. Let's just say they aren't the most clearly written. Typically when something like that happens I just find a different pattern I like for the yarn but when you are making Christmas gifts sometimes these patterns just scream "make for [imput lived ones name here]. That is exactly what happened with The Gradual Rib Hat. It's perfect for my brother (with size modifications of course) and I ordered the yarn in Philidelphia Eagles colors. I've even contacted the designer for clarification. No reply. Not many projects for helpful notes to look through either. Needless to say it's been ripped from the needles and I'll have to start over.
I have cast on a project for myself. The Crofton Cuffs. This yarn I bought from the Alexander's Crafts booth at the Michigan Fiber Fest. This is the yarn that broke my 8 month yarn diet! It's also the only yarn i bought already knowing what project it would become! I will order more from her. I will say that it is amazing how much faster projects get made when they are for yourself, but I think there are two sides to this coin. I think the projects that linger are also the ones for yourself because you know you don't have deadlines for yourself.