Spring Thaw

So maybe I’m going through another “I must finish all the WiPs NOW” nesting phase, maybe it’s because of Glenna C.’s post about getting out of a knitting slump, or maybe it’s a spring thaw causing things to come out of hibernation, but any way you look at it, I have mysteriously had the incredible insistence that I start working again on my Floral Jumper (or as I dubbed it, Party Like It’s 1949).

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The first piece I finished eons ago now. Knit in SweetGeorgia’s Tough Love Sock in Orchid, and Cascade Heritage Solids in navy and white

I started this over a year ago and ended up putting it down pretty much when we moved back to Ontario. It wasn’t a good travel project and needs a fair bit of concentration since the flowers are done in a weird intarsia/stranded method; then when I got pregnant, the thought of finishing all that work and not having it fit made me a bit sad, so I put it away to hibernate…

Until earlier this week when it’s siren call came wafting across the basement and I just couldn’t say no (although I have to admit that first I had to squish down the voice in my head that wanted to rip the entire thing back and make something else out of it…it was one of my more insane moments). And somehow I’ve managed to finish the first band of flowers on the second repeat and have high hopes to get that full second repeat done, dare I say, today?!

Wish me luck!

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Spring Thaw

Happy Campers All Around

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!

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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…

Happy Campers All Around

Falling in Love Again

Every knitter has been there: where you spot a pattern and all of a sudden you’re consumed with a yarny lust and knitterly love that just demands that you knit this right now.

This happens to me on quite a frequent basis. This morning, it happened to be this beauty:

Floral Jumper by Patons UK in a 1949 edition of Stitchcraft magazine. My boss found a couple copies in a store, loving vintage patterns herself, and decided I needed this pattern. Oh man, I love it that my boss knows me so well. We’ve even been sneakily talking about dashing to the closest yarn store on our lunch but shhhhhh don’t tell!

I love vintage patterns. I don’t knit them often, but there are a few/many/all that have stolen my heart. The simplicity of the patterns (I swear, the size of the book wasn’t even 8 and a half x 11, but still this pattern only took a page and a wee box on another page) always fills me with hope that, “hey! This’ll be easy!” even though it’s a twin set knit in fingering weight on a mysterious size 13 needle (based on a Raveller who also knit this, it seems to be, roughly, a 3.25mm. Duh.).

Anyways, I am now dreaming of the colour choices and options that I may or may not have at home (I definitly do not have enough to be the MC at home) so ,sadly (hehehe!) to the yarn store I will have to go. I’m hoping to find something lovely that would match the leftover seaglass Sweet Fibre sock I have at home. Maybe it’s finally time for me to splurge on some tosh sock!? Oh gosh, the possibilities are endless!

If you love vintage patterns like me, there are lots of resources online. However, right now my fav is Subversive Femme‘s website. I pretty much want to knit all the patterns she has linked. Le sigh!

Falling in Love Again