Did you know that WordPress has an app?! I truly didn’t and now, voila! I’m currently one-handedly typing this while breastfeeding a sleepy babe and I’m quite impressed with myself (and the app)!
Anyways, in knitting news I’ve been surprisingly productive. I managed to finish a baby sweater gift while at the cottage yesterday, and am halfway through the Lovely Ribbed Cowl I wrote about last time.
I’m pretty in love with Luma and want to knit everything in it. I can’t wait to see how it blocks out.
And surprisingly I haven’t gone stark raving mad from the continuous ribbing. I think it’s mostly from the fact that I’m just happy to be knitting.
I do have to admit though that I am getting slightly excited/anxious to finish this project and move on to the one I’m planning for some of the Dovestone I bought. There’s just something about roughspun wool yarns that always call to me, and lately it’s what I crave. This is one of the things I love about Luma: it’s not a pure wool but it satisfies me in the same way a traditional wool yarn would.
Don’t get me wrong: I love the beautiful, special-dyed yarns like Sweet Georgia, Fleece Artist, or Koigu, just to name a couple of my favs. But for me there is nothing more satisfying or more knitterly than a classic sweater in a good, sturdy wool. And right now since sweater knitting is a little out of the picture other than baby ones, I’ll have to settle for accessories.
As promised, the last couple weeks have flown by as we’ve been settling in to our new digs, and even while writing this sentence somehow a full 24 hours has passed since I’ve been able to complete it. Oy.
We are, happily, almost all settled in and unpacked with the last few remaining boxes hanging out (including a box where all my finished baby knits from Calgary were hiding! The sad part though? Apparently I definitely leaned more towards the girlish knits, with only 2 of the knits “suitable” for a wee boy. Wah.), mostly because I need them moved but they are too heavy for me to lift, handle or shuffle around. Le sigh. However, this means I have more of a reason now to make sure I take rests and do more things like knit – something that has been sadly lacking in my life since we moved.
On Saturday night though, Husband had a guys night/diaper party at our new digs and because I had no energy to leave the house, Jasper and I hid upstairs to watch movies and work on a Little Baby Sweater for Boy.
I forgot how much I love this little pattern. I’ve knit it multiple times before for other friends and hadn’t thought to knit one for Boy until a few weeks ago. Considering how chilly it’s still been here, I figured he may appreciate it.
Anyways, that’s my quick update. Please excuse me while I go finish my morning tea and organize some books.
Friends, I’ve discovered mosaic knitting and I have to say, it is beautiful.
It really started when my cousin knit a Barnstable shawl as a sample for the shop in the new Dos Tierras yarn she got from Malabrigo (oh lordy , is that yarn lovely) and so in an attempt to stave myself off from buying new yarn, I finally cast on a Walk in the Woodsshawl using the Quince & Co. Lark I had previously purchased and had been intending for this project from the beginning. Both patterns are by Lisa Hannes, and both are (at least according to my cousin and I) highly addictive.
If you’ve never done mosaic knitting before, let me give you a brief breakdown on how it works: it is a brilliant system of doing colourwork with slipped stitches instead of stranding, which means you still only use 1 yarn per row and don’t get a bulky extra layer (handy for mittens and winter items, but sometimes not so handy if you want it to be a multi-season item)
This means you get something that looks like this:
But the back only looks like this:
Pretty snazzy, huh? I’m pretty happy with it and the fact that the mosaic technique DOESN’T create that bulky layer also makes me feel a lot better about casting on a worsted weight wool shawl in April.
I’m loving the way the Lark is knitting up, Quince & Co. always has such beautiful stitch definition, but I won’t lie, I’m still tempted to knit up another one using the recommended Rios. Especially since I still have over a skein of the Lettuce colourway left over from my Lemongrass sweater.
On a last note though, Jasper seems to like my yarn choice just fine.
I don’t work on Fridays or Mondays – ultimate score right? In our household that means that I can wile away those two days knitting guilt-free, and then on Saturdays and Sundays do whatever activities my active husband would like us to do together. It works. Generally.
In my last post, I was talking about how I was debating frogging my one Fitted February Pullover. Well, guess what? I pulled the trigger and did it. Frogged the whole thing and now I’ve got two huge loops of Spud & Chloe Sweater hanging off my shower rod drying the kinks out of it.
Luckily I had more unkinked S&C hanging out dying to get it’s turn. So I cast on for a Flax pullover with the modification of lace panels instead of garter on the sleeves (I actually usually love garter, but it just didn’t feel right to me).
Except by the next morning, another pattern was itching at my brain and I felt torn. So I did what I always do: sketch it out.
….and then posted in on social media asking for advice. Flax won with a total of 3 whole votes. That’s how popular I am apparently/how many knitting friends I have who know the pain I was feeling.
Needless to say I am now almost down the yoke of Flax with a bluebell lace pattern I found in one of my old knitting books – I thought it was appropriate to match the colour scheme.
I am also almost done the second sleeve of #SherlockLives and desperate to start the body.
What else? I got about an inch done on the sleeve cuff on Harley, and a few more inches done on my Titled TARDIS cowl, which I’m beginning to become suspicious it may not be able to wrap twice around my neck like I had hoped, but I’m staying positive because I want no remnants of that skein left!
And with that, I will leave you with the little guy below. I wish I could say he’s my cat, but unfortunately he’s a Pinterest cat. I don’t know if my cats are hip enough to rock a scarf (or let me try).