A Love Affair With Arbor

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.

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A Love Affair With Arbor

Tuesday Bluesday

Pretty much, I keep forgetting it’s Tuesday and then all of a sudden it hits me like a bunch of bricks and all I can think is, “oh fuck, it’s only Tuesday.”

Really, I shouldn’t complain because I’ve only got 2 days left of work until another (!!!) vacation. Whaaaaaaaat! I know. But hold on.

Firstly:

I finished my Skedaddle socks! I didn’t get them done over Christmas as I planned but pretty darn close. I promise that the back cables look a lot better than that one picture makes them look. I love them and have already worn them to work. It was my first time in a loooong time doing swirl toes rather than my standard “wedge” toe and I don’t know why I don’t do them more often! They’re so cute!

Secondly:

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CasuCowl is done (but not done in the picture)! I just haven’t blocked it yet – something which I keep wavering on. A little nagging piece of my heart keeps trying to tell me if I block it the yak will object, which I know is crazy….but might also be keeping me from blocking it just yet. I’ll probably tackle it finally when I get back from vacay.

 

Thirdly:

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And they say knitters don’t like receiving knit presents! My cousin and fellow knitter knit me a hat for Christmas in Malabrigo Mecha, pattern unknown. The next day while sporting the hat at Happenstance in Lakefield, the lady asked if I had knit my hat. Without thinking, I replied, “Why yes, I did!” to which my cousin burst out, “No you didn’t, I did!” Oops! This is what happens when you knit all your own accessories and never receive.

Fourthly(!): I’m super excited to be going on vacation next week because I’ll finally be going to Universal Studio’s Harry Potter World (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!) not only with darling Husband but also with darling best friend and her husband! Oh life, you’re so wonderful. To completely bring out my inner nerd, I’ve cast on a pair of The Deputy Headmistress’s Socks  by Erica Lueder in a darker shade of Gryffindor red (the colourway is technically called Red Maple) by Zen Garden in their Serenity 20 sock. The lady I bought it from in Aberdeen seemed slightly shocked when I even hinted that I might cast on socks with it as it has some cashmere in it. Well, lady from Aberdeen, it also has nylon in it, which to me means HEIGH HO FEET!

So yeah, I’m excited for that.

I’ve also started a couple other projects lately: Tanis Lavallee’s I Heart Aran in my go-to Cascade 220 in what I’ve been calling “fawn”. This is a pretty unusual colour choice for me. I love colour and bright or deep colours and usually stay away from the neutrals quite often. But I knew that I wanted a cozy pullover in something neutral that would go with anything and everything.

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The second is the creatively titled 210-16 Cabled Vest by Pierrot that I’m knitting in Indigo Dragonfly’s Superbaa in the colourway “Daleks Don’t Give Out Pink Slips”, AKA golden mustard. I mostly bought this yarn because a) I love yellow, and b) I’m a sucker for Doctor Who references. This pattern, although super quick to knit (I finished the two fronts within 24 hours) it was definitely a challenge for it as it’s a Japanese pattern and therefore very visual rather than written out. But maybe that deserves it’s own post soon, yes?

And finally I also cast on The Hubby Hat  by Anna Johanna for, you guessed it, the hubby who desired a new hat to go running in. For this, I’m using leftover Quince & Co. Chickadee from my #SherlockLives Cardi and a brand new skein of Sweet Georgia sport in “Sea Spray”. I’m thinking this will make a great travel project as it’s completely stockinette and taking me forever. Yeesh.

Tuesday Bluesday