Sorry for the accidental hiatus there. I promise that I didn’t mean to but, well, c’est la vie avec le bebe. And then, well, we went to Hawaii for a week.
The thing I regret not doing most in Hawaii is actually not remembering to take a picture of my knitting in paradise. Sigh. But! The good news is I finished one sleeve of my totally last minute, selfish cast on of Divide by Emily Greene, knit in BT’s Arbor in the colourway Klimt.
Miles loves it as much as I do. I hadn’t knit with Arbor before but had snagged 2 skeins of it from Needles in the Hay when it first came into stock; so when my cousin offered me the Divide pattern, I immediately claimed dibs on most of the remaining Klimt to make it. True knitter that I am, I at first reasoned with myself that I would wait until all my Christmas knitting was done, and I had at least started the second sleeve of my Netherton cardigan…but then realized what a perfect travel project sleeves make, and Bob’s your uncle. Now I have a sleeve.
But I really couldn’t help it! I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with Arbor. When I started knitting with it, all I could think was, “what is this magic?!” It’s light and bouncy with all the goodness of pure wool that I adore. The colour isgorgeous and the stitch definition is ridiculous; I would willingly knit inches upon inches of twisted rib just for this definition. Oh, Arbor, you seductress.
It is really taking all my will power now that we’re home to refocus on Christmas knitting rather than the second sleeve. My goal this week is to finish the Fuck It Hat I started in The Fibre Co. Cumbria and West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft, both in lovely shades of femininity, which takes the hat to a whole new level of awesome.
My second goal this week is to also start a tam of sorts for my mum in baa ram ewe Dovestone Aran in Bantam, aka red. Once these two hats are completed, the only other Christmas knitting is a possible cardigan for Miles – but at least if I’m a little late, he really won’t notice. I hope.
This whole baby thing has really been cramping my knitting style. For the whole first month of Miles’s life, I was unable to do any knitting. None. Zip. Nada. And even once I started “having time” the thought of trying to balance knitting from a chart and a baby exhausted me. So I did what any sane knitter at the end of her knitting rope (or dare I say….yarn?!) would do: I cast on a new project.
It was the only reasonable thing to do! A simple pair of toe-up socks that require no pattern or intense concentration, and a handily already-wound ball of Loft ready to go. I admit, perhaps not my ideal yarn for socks (AKA no nylon) but I’ve been dying to use it for ages and my other pair of pure wool socks have a hole in the heel that needs darning that I’ll be darned if I ever get to.
And so in the spare moments, when I can manage to get both hands free from under a sleeping babe, or Husband takes him for a bit, I’ve got the needles in my hands again and I am SO PLEASED!
On an end note, please enjoy this picture of said knitting-cramping-style babe in question, who turned a month old on Saturday.
In my last post I whined about mentioned my lack of blocking space and how I couldn’t finish Migration. Well, please behold what a little bit of patience will get you: a new cardigan that’s perfect (aside from the fact that I currently can’t do the buttons up, but that’s not the cardigan’s fault).
Lately I feel as if my patience has constantly been tested in various aspects of my life, and knitting, as I’ve discovered over and over again, helps remind us to be as patient as we can (even when you have to do a second full wet block to get the collar unpinched…) because the wait is usually worth it. Unless you didn’t swatch and your finished project turns out to fit your 6 year old niece rather than you…
Now if only I could practice patience when it comes to WIPs and resisting the temptation to frog back projects that are 7/8s done and in fingering weight….but more on that later.
Today is a bit of a snow day in the GTA, they’re calling for 10cm of snow and it hasn’t stopped snowing since I woke up this morning. For some reason, Husband has decided it is the perfect day to go cross-country skiing on the hill by our house but I am just content to sit at home knitting with the cat and drinking tea (not that my growing belly would really let me get much skiing done).
All the snow makes me really glad that I’ve started Migration by Stacey Gerbman in Wool People Vol. 10. Because the cables just make it so cozy and I’m absolutely loving knitting with the Ambrosia Yarns Woolen; I’ve been eyeing this yarn since Deanna ordered it in to Needles in the Hay in the fall, but never had the perfect project, and it’s definitely the perfect substitute for the BT Shelter the pattern calls for!
And on the topic of snow, have you tried Fleece Artist’s thrum mitten kits yet (or Fleece Artist in general?!)?
I was extremely fortunate to be the instructor for a thrum mitten workshop last weekend at Needles in the Hay and got to work with a Fleece Artist thrum mitten kit. It was honestly like knitting with fluffy cotton candy or snow, and the colours of the yarn (pre-matched with the fleece) are gorgeous as per usual when it comes to Fleece Artist.
Things are getting done around here – finally! I’ve currently got myAviara Pullover finished and laid out to dry; which I’m sure my cousin is very happy about as this is going to be one of the new samples for her store.
My new goal for this week now is to finish the last sleeve of the Lemongrasssweater I’ve been working on since the early fall (don’t even get me started on the unfinished Breathing Spacethat is languishing in its project bag) since it’s pretty much the only me project that I’ve started that will still fit me and this ever-growing belly. I’ve promised myself that if I can finish Aviara (check!) and Lemongrass before my next shift at Needles in the Hay that I have permission to start Migration:
Mama wants a new cardigan, and she wants it in Ambrosia Yarns.
So remember in this blog post when I said that I had already ordered new yarn to make another new cardigan for Husband? Yeah. It arrived last night.
And because I, obviously, have no self-control, I immediately cast on. Now I’m addicted to this sleeve. Sleeves make the greatest swatches because it means that you can actually cast on and work on the actual project, but it’s not big enough that if you have to frog back that it’s the end of your knitterly mind, even if you did painstakingly do a tubular cast on….
Well, maybe not painstakingly, but definitely a wee bit fiddly and time-consuming. But the results? Hoo boy. Worth it. Combined with the Ultra Alpaca? Glorious.
On another note, I finally got a good picture of my Boxy sweater in progress.
I just want to hug it and squeeze it and call it George. I am in such yarn bliss lately between these two projects. It’s all I can do not to just ignore life and work and knit my days away. Right now I’ve got both projects stashed in a bag under my desk (due to underground garage cleaning at my building, I had to leave extraordinarily early, so what better to do than knit at work?) and it’s taking all my restraint not to keep one or the other in my lap to do the occasional row. I may or may not have a knitting addiction.
Guys, you can’t tell from the picture below because I forgot to take a recent picture but one of the sides of my Floral Jumper is done!
I’m so utterly excited and delighted and ready and willing to start the second half…..if only I wasn’t so not looking forward to the band of moss stitch at the bottom. Moss stitch in fingering weight is a tedious, tedious thing. Which is sad for me because I LOVE the look of moss stitch; to me it’s one of the greatest “plain” stitches you can do and I love it to bits. Just not when I have to do it in fingering. Blergh.
However, since the weather in Calgary lately has become almost summer-like (it’s supposed to get up to 28 degrees Celsius today!) I will tromp through that moss stitch border like nobody’s business just so I can wear that jumper at least once before there’s a risk of boiling in it. Luckily my newly renovated office (I’m finally back in my own office!!!) is quite heavily a/c’d and so boiling to death right now is not an option.
And speaking of boiling to death, remember how I moaned and groaned about men’s knitwear? Yeah, I’ve already ordered new yarn for another cardigan for Husband. Jared Flood’s Timberline pattern.
Because really, how can you say no to a Brooklyn Tweed pattern? You can’t. It’s impossible. Just look at those cables! Swoon. Luckily for me, Husband doesn’t expect this to be finished until the fall (phew). Not that he’d really be able to be able to wear it until then anyways…