I feel like, like most knitters, I have a fondness for the winter season, if only to see how many knitted things I can wear at one time.
(Three: mittens not pictured)
Because of the whole new-baby-struggle-to-even-keep-myself-alive-let-alone-a-baby thing I’ve been going through, I decided for this holiday season to calm my knitted gift knits and limit my number of recipients and to only knit hats.
Somehow I managed to finish all of them plus a last minute surprise for Husband – shush! I know he reads this blog!
I loved doing all of them. Pennyroyal is a simple and easy pattern with a little kick. I’m actually tempted to knit one for myself since recently I’ve been craving a new toque.
This Cafe au Lait tam has been in my head for months now since I bought the skein of BaaRamEwe’s Dovestone DK at my cousin’s shop when she was getting rid of it. I knew the colour was perfect for my mum, and I’ve been loving knitting with Dovestone on other projects that we won’t talk about because they’re currently being neglected.
I had knit the Fuck It hat before for my dad, who promptly let his ex-wife borrow it then lose it, which is why he asked for another one (and this’ll be the last one for him ever). I luckily still had some Cascade 200 leftover from the first time, but for the other one I went a bit more…feminine.
There is something incredibly pleasing about knitting naughty words in a beautiful pink. And what luscious pinks they were! The words are knit in West Yorkshire Spinner’s The Croft Shetland Tweed in Heylor, and the MC is The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria in Cowberry. I am grateful that this pattern doesn’t use up a full ball of either because that means leftovers for me! Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy Holidays!
I very quickly finished the Barley I talked about in my last post for Miles, and love it so much that I’ve been debating casting on another one for a upcoming baby’s birthday present.
On the other WIPs front, Miles’s new Flax Light sweater is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve hit the body which means straight knitting now until the bottom ribbing so my attention has wandered a bit despite my love of the wonderful little garter rows the Mechita knits up.
And then, of course, because I have no self control and found my leftover balls of Rios, I decided Miles needed a Stacked Stag-horn Baby Sweater, like, now.
Since taking this picture, I’ve finished the body and started a sleeve. It’s knit up wonderfully quick compared to the Flax Light and even the Netherton cardigan I’ve also been working on in DK. Ah, worsted weight, it’s almost your season again.
I know, I know. I’ve got mad startitis and I just can’t stop myself! I think part of the issue is that I’ve mostly given up trying to knit during the day with Miles because, well, things like this happen:
So now I reserve my post-Miles-bedtime time for knitting. This means roughly 3 hours or less where I try to cram in as much knitting as I can. Sigh.
In case you forgot, a bit ago I posted a picture of M. being the world’s most unenthusiastic knitwear model. Well, I have good news! He has finally accepted his destiny, and is becoming a bit more enthusiastic about modelling his knitwear.
Miles was very comfy cozy today on our excursions – it’s been quite windy and nippy lately – and the cardigan has stood up well to the buckets of drool he’s been producing lately.
And after said droolmeister went to bed this evening, I managed to see on the finishing touches to the Little Coffee Bean CardiganI made for a expecting friend of mine. It’s adorable, and I’m very tempted to make another one.
I knit it with Sugar Bush Yarns Crisp, which is currently my absolute favourite worsted yarn for baby knits. It’s incredibly soft, machine washable and is a decent yardage for the price. I can’t wait to see her little one in it!
So like I mentioned in my last post, I was getting slightly anxious to finish my Lovely Ribbed Cowl, which I did…
…and move on to what I had had plans for the Dovestone DK I had recently bought, which I did…until I didn’t like what I had planned anymore. Sigh.
Luckily (or unluckily for my wallet) while visiting Needles in the Hay yesterday, I finally discovered what the Dovestone was truly calling for:
The Netherton Cardigan in the new PomPom anniversary edition magazine. I couldn’t help it really. I’ve been thinking about that beautiful cardigan since the last time I had been at the shop, and even though I would have loved it in the yellow, I figured the green I had bought was a good substitute.
I’ll be playing a little bit of yarn chicken with the sleeves as there were only 2 more skeins of the green left but that’s ok. I usually prefer more elbow length sleeves anyways so I’m not terribly worried – just excited!
Since in less than 2 days (2 days!!!) my life is going to start turning topsy-turvy with the whole moving into a new house thing and then inevitable giving birth thing (4 weeks until D-Day, people….so long as he stays in there…) I wanted to give a quick and clean (because all these FOs have been blocked to a T) of some of the projects I’ve seemed to crank out in a nesting freak-out. As my stepdad would say: voila les enfants!
Walk in the Woods shawl by Lisa Hannes, knit in Quince & Co. Lark in Poppy & Glacier. I was a bit worried about the finished size of this but as per usual, a good blocking settled it out and I am pretty satisfied. I even got to wear it yesterday as it was a particularly blustery, if sunny, day.
A completely finished Playdate cardigan with buttons to match.
The infamous Stripey Dungarees that I was really, really, really not looking forward to sewing snaps onto, only to be told by my gram that there are other ways to attach snaps! Thank you, Fabricland, for having no-sew snaps that look fantastic even though you have lousy customer service.
And finally, if not completely finished, at least completely blocked, my Floral Jumper. The shoulders are now seamed and all that’s left is armbands and the sides (and potentially an attempt at sewing in some elastic on the waistband).
Wish me luck on the moving and give me the will not to go insane, as I have a feeling I will, or at least to not try to attempt things that a 9 month preggo should not be doing in the first place.
Over the last week I’ve been both incredibly productive in my knitting – finishing the second piece of my Floral Jumper, finally (if albeit lazily) blocking out the baby knits I’ve been meaning to, and finishing my Walk in the Woods shawl – and yet so fickle all at the same time since I cast on another new baby sweater (a Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho, which is one of my favourite things to knit for babies and that even I had been surprised I hadn’t cast on for Boy yet) and a pair of Hooties by Kedi Kedi.
Really I blame the Hooties on my swatch for the Little Baby Sweater, which I used mostly to debate colour combinations – knowing I wanted to use some leftover Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids as the MC but unsure what would be a good contrast to the extremely vibrant red.
So I surprised myself and swatched and I’m glad I did because I went into thinking that I would totally end up using the mini skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock (in Crybaby) that I’ve been dying to use since I bought it only to decide I liked the grey contrast of the leftover Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock (in Thomas Circle) much, much better.
But…the Crybaby! It called to be used. Needed to be used. I had already used most of the skein of Pollen I had bought with intentions of pairing with it for that Playdate cardigan, where was my empathy for Crybaby? So I did the only rational thing I could think of: cast on a pair of Hooties.
I do have to admit these were a wee bit frustrating to start; 26 sts in fingering weight on 3.25mm needles (yes, I upped my needle size because I have never seen a set of 3mm needles before) can be super finicky and annoying and thank gosh there’s only 26 sts per row…but luckily the finished results were totally worth it.
I ended up using some of the Pollen colourway for the soles (and I still have some leftover again!) and to embroider little x’s on for the eyes. I basically spent a good ten minutes gushing over them to Husband when I was finished them because
a) I can’t believe that there’s someone with small enough feet to fit into these, and
b) It only took me an hour and 20 minutes to make one. It’s true. I timed myself.
I’m seriously considering making another pair, although now I’m really trying to refocus and finish up completely some of my other projects. Like sewing snaps on the freshly “blocked” dungarees (I’m dreading this), and buttons on Playdate (I don’t think I have enough) and possibly the worst of all: properly blocking and pinning out the Floral Jumper and Walk in the Woods shawl.
Now, you might be wondering why I’m worried about blocking these. Blocking is generally my friend and a great ally for making my handknits look fantastic, and I was actually quite excited to block out both to see the differences….until I realized that somehow….in some way….I was going to have to finagle a way onto my hands and knees to shuffle around to pin them out….with an almost 9 month baby belly in my way.
Let me just emphasize a fact for anyone who has never been in this knitting or biological predicament before: I can barely roll myself out of bed in the morning without getting out of breath. How in valhalla am I going to heft my weight around to pin on the ground? But the thought of waiting to block these until after the baby is here makes inner-rational-Tor laugh and laugh and laugh because when will I ever have time to block with a newborn baby?!
Maybe my grandmother will take pity on me as that’s where I’m planning on blocking again if I decide I can actually manage it…
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.
It’s one of those days where something just doesn’t feel right and so to comfort myself, I’ve been carrying around a couple of skeins for inspiration.
There is something infinitely comforting about having soft, squishy yarn you can cuddle when frustration takes over; especially when you discover your usual blocking area is currently occupied and so your one prominent knitting project is at a standstill until you can go to your grandmother’s to use her floor.
It is quite possible that my entire bad mood today is based on the fact that I’m SO CLOSE to finishing Migration but can’t until it’s blocked out. On top of that, the buttons I ordered for it arrived today. Why must you mock me, cruel fate?
So I’m contenting myself by finding the perfect project to make me feel happy again – which will probably be a baby knit – until I can finish off Migration.
On a less complainy note, I spent Sunday at Needles in the Hay and finally got a chance to flip through the newest Pom Pom magazine, and was super happy to find this illustration done by my talented cousin included with one of the articles!
It’s so wonderful when crafting worlds collide in the most unsuspecting ways. If you like the illustration, then I highly suggest heading over to Elena’s blog/shop, Elena’s Treehouse, and checking out more of her stuff.
And then finally, this:
This is Aviara in her full glory up at Needles in the Hay. What a proud momma moment I had. I love the sweetgeorgia superwash sport – I have to admit that even after knitting this, every time I went by I had to have a touch!
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.