Here’s the first Fair Isle sock. I have the second begun. The front of Hopkins is finished as well, and I’ve done the ribbing for the back. So I have the second halves of two Fair Isle projects on the needles. This was poor planning on my part. There should be one project for which you have to look at a chart or otherwise pay attention, and one which can be knitted automatically, without much thought.

It is probably this error in planning which is causing me to think about knitting the back of Hopkins in the heathery gray instead of in fretwork. Perhaps I should begin some third project, something simple and plain for when I need a break from colorwork. I have not yet received the pattern for #2 son’s quilt, but intend to begin it more or less as soon as I receive it, so it would be more than usually unreasonable of me to begin another project.

I actually like to do the front of a sweater patterned and the back plain. Siv has cables on the front and the back plain. I don’t know why, but I have always preferred this. Had I overcome my dislike of variegated yarn, I would certainly have done the back in it. However, the gray is not the background yarn, so it might be too strong a contrast. We’ll see.

The lesson for me from my swatch-turned-sock is that Fair Isle really does look better at a smaller gauge, so I will be swatching the Highland Wool on the smallest needles possible before it becomes stiff.

If you do the Grand Plan, then this is Front Porch week, the first week of Spring Cleaning. Last time, we built a bench for the front porch and made a nice reading corner in a secluded area. There is a triangle of shady ground there, and we planted it with columbine and foamflower and creeping thyme. It was to be a lovely little secret garden, to be enjoyed by the reader. This was before I discovered that every rain turns that corner into a bog with four inches of standing water. If you are planning your garden now, you might learn from my error, and consider that a nice, weed-free patch of ground probably has some terrible flaw. This time around, I will probably just scrub down the porch and plan a couple of nice container gardens. A hanging basket of double-flowering impatiens and ferns would be pretty. For gardeners, this is Dream Time.